Leadership is a multifaceted quality that creates a clarity of mission, an environment that encourages innovation at all levels of an organization and empowers others in the community. This award recognizes an exceptional individual who demonstrates leadership in the efficient energy sector, considering greater energy efficiency, low- and zero-emission transportation, equitable energy benefits and burdens, and the advancement of the community at large.
Energy equity is measured by the presence of an inclusive decision-making process, the equitable distribution of both the costs and advantages of energy use to the entire community, accounting for historical prejudice and inequality, and a view of how future generations will be impacted by choices made today. This award celebrates the accomplishments of an outstanding organization or program that has made significant strides in pursuing energy equity by sharing the benefits and burdens of the energy transition regardless of income, race, ethnicity, gender, or geographic location. Benefits of an equitable energy transition include greater access to efficient energy technologies, a more diverse workforce, healthier buildings and people, more resilient buildings and a more vibrant economy for all.
At its best, efficient energy is a holistic approach to generating, distributing, and utilizing energy that maximizes social benefit and promotes prosperity. Efficient energy includes programs that optimize energy use in residential and commercial buildings, zero- and low-emission transportation and advanced technology. Innovation may be characterized by a new method, technology or concept that has resulted in a net-new advancement in efficient energy. This award recognizes an outstanding organization or program that has championed an innovative approach to efficient energy in the Southeast.