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CELI emPOWER AWARDS

Recognizing the leaders who are driving the transition to an equitable, resilient, decarbonized future.

The Clean Energy Leadership Institute is proud to recognize the leaders among us who are driving the transition to an equitable, resilient, decarbonized future. We welcome you to take a moment to highlight their hard work and thank them for their dedication. Nominees can be individuals or organizations. You may submit more than one nomination, but it must be submitted separately.

Please Submit by Midnight on October 4th. Award Recipients will be recognized at emPOWER19.

CELI emPOWER19 Award Categories

The emPOWERed Change-Maker Award

The emPOWERed Change-Maker ignites change by thinking creatively about approaches to clean energy challenges. This change-maker displays exceptional leadership skills and is breaking the mold of clean energy norms, especially in tackling diversity and inclusion issues. They stimulate the clean energy community through their innovative ideas, desire to see change, and bold vision for the future.

The JEDI Champion Award

Through their dedication to expanding Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in the clean energy economy, the JEDI Champion inspires other clean energy leaders to make a lasting difference. They have a contagious passion for a better future and want to empower as many community members as possible to build a clean energy future we can all be proud of.

The Cleantech Innovator Award

Celebrates an individual or organization who is leading or developing a product, process, or innovation that represents a notable technological advancement towards a the clean energy economy. The nominee works on projects that require deep technical knowledge and demonstrates a commitment to creating an equitable, resilient, decarbonized future.

The First Responder Award

In a time of unprecedented change, our communities need First Responders who can provide aid to the front lines when the unexpected strikes. The First Responder Award goes to someone who has and continues to jump into action to provide support to communities impacted by our changing world. They are fearlessly dedicated to leading the way, regardless of the challenges they face.

Distinguished CELI Alumnus Award

This CELI Fellow leads by example in their professional and personal life. The Fellow is an outstanding contributor to the CELI community and embodies the qualities of leadership, commitment, and for learning. This CELI Fellow lifts their peers up and can always be counted on as a supportive figure within the community.


CELI emPOWER18 Award Recipients


Rising Star Award: Chris-Denny Brown

In recognition of someone who is passionate about clean energy and is committed to building an industry that is forward-thinking, diverse, sustainable, and supports a low-carbon future.


Distinguished CELI Alumnus Award: Apoorv Bhargava

In recognition of an outstanding contributor to the CELI community and embodies the qualities of leadership, commitment, and thirst for learning.


Motivator Award: Joe Indvik

In recognition of a mentor and positive role model who inspires other clean energy leaders to make a difference.


Change-Maker Award: Christopher Castro

In recognition of someone who stimulates the clean energy community through their innovative ideas, desire to see change, and vision for the future.


Government Leader Award: Greenworks Orlando

In recognition of a federal, state, or municipal organization or department that is incorporating clean energy solutions for their jurisdiction.

Corporate Leader Award: SolSystems

In recognition of a company who goes the extra MW to support their employees and other aspiring professionals in the clean energy space.


Innovative Leader Award: Orora Global

In recognition of a start-up or company with an original business model who is breaking the mold of clean energy norms, especially in tackling workforce and diversity issues.


Non-Profit Leader: RE-Volv

In recognition of a 501(c)3 organization who is working toward a better future and equips future clean energy leaders with the tools they need to make a difference through their cause.