The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) announced the winners of the inaugural Summit Awards – The Peak Award for Excellence in Leadership, the Luminary Award for Pursuing Energy Equity and the Vanguard Award for Innovation in Efficient Energy on Friday, October 27, during the 2023 Southeast Energy Summit. The Summit Awards recognize individuals and organizations forging a more equitable, efficient energy future in the Southeast.
The award winners are as follows:
EZ Green Home and ICF partnered on a duct-seal program for low-income communities in Jackson, MS. They have helped over 1,900 families save money on their monthly utility bills through the program.
EZ Green Home is a forward-thinking company dedicated to providing hands-on installation of energy-efficient products and solutions to underserved and hard-to-reach populations. ICF provides a range of services for governments and businesses, including strategic planning, management, marketing and analytics.
About the Vanguard Award for Innovation in Efficient Energy
At its best, efficient energy is a holistic approach to the generation, distribution and utilization of energy that maximizes social benefit and promotes prosperity. Efficient energy includes programs to optimize energy use in residential and commercial buildings, zero- and low-emission transportation and advanced technology. Innovation in efficient energy is characterized by a new method, technology or idea 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.
TVA EnergyRight® developed the Small Business Uplift program to bring transformative energy efficiency solutions to small businesses in underserved communities. This kind of support for mom-and-pop businesses is invaluable, instilling a sense of opportunity among neighbors and empowering sustainable growth in communities that need it most.
About the Luminary Award for Pursuing Energy Equity
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 historic 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 in 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.
Dr. Anthony Kinslow II, CEO of Gemini Energy Solutions, is leading the charge on sustainable energy transformation. His mission is to revolutionize clean energy access and foster prosperity in underserved communities. Starting with his 2016-founded company, he’s harnessed microgrids to empower marginalized communities and create “clean energy hubs” featuring solar panels and EV backup power.
About the Peak Award for Excellence in Leadership
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 within the organization and in the community. This award is given to 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.