2019 Cleantech Innovation Awards

 

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12/5: Photos from the event may be viewed here.

12/4: RTCC is honored to announce the winners of the 2019 Cleantech Innovation Awards, selected by a panel of experts from 40 outstanding nominations:

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR AWARD WINNERS!

 

WATER INNOVATION AWARD


Gannett Fleming engineered a new $40m wastewater treatment plant in Clayton, NC - the largest manufacturing investment in the state's history. The 22 acre plant supports a $1.8b expansion of Novo Nordisk's manufacturing facility, treating 450,000 gallons of industrial wastewater before returning it to the municipal sewer system. The unique public-private partnership between Novo Nordisk, the Golden Leaf Foundation, and the state of North Carolina promises to be a powerful economic driver for the region.

 

TRANSPORTATION INNOVATION AWARD

 

The North Carolina Department of Transportation led the nation's first medical drone deliver program, successfully delivering 4,000+ critical diagnostic tests, medications, lab results, and supplies across WakeMed's campus and regional network. Their innovative use of drone transport increases efficiency, lowers costs, and improves patient experience while also reducing emissions and traffic congestion from gas-powered delivery vehicles. 

 

GRID INNOVATION AWARD

PowerSecure launched an Advanced Campus Microgrid in 2019 that incorporates multiples distributed energy resources at a single facility in Durham, NC, allowing their manufacturing facility to run both on and off grid. PowerSecure, which has installed nearly 85% of microgrids across the US, hosts a tour for customers, partners, and the community to demonstrate the advantages of microgrid technologies.

 

TALENT INITIATIVE AWARD

STEM RTP increases awareness of and access to STEM career opportunities to underserved students in grades 7-12 through events that incorporate problem-based learning, design thinking, hands-on demos, and mentoring. STEM RTP also organizes immersion experiences to local educators. 

 

DIVERSITY IN CLEANTECH AWARD

The US Environmental Protection Agency provides STEM education to students in grades K-12 and higher education across the RTP region, hosting at least 50% of programs at low-income schools. The Community Engagement & STEM Education program in the EPA's RTP office reaches more than 20,000 students, educators, and community members through 300+ events. The program creatively communicates the EPA's research to students with a range of backgrounds by translating activities and recruiting diverse mentors.

 

CLEANTECH IMPACT AWARD

Medline Industries is constructing a 1.2m ft2 medical distribution facility in Orange County, NC - a development representing $65.3m in investment and up to 700 new jobs over 10 years. Moreover, the facility will be LEED-certified, creating positive impacts on the local environment as well.

 

CLEANTECH COMMUNITY AWARD

Fayetteville, NC's Public Works Commission is the state's largest municipal utility, and the first to offer a subscriber-based community solar program incorporating a 1mW solar array and 560kW battery storage. Fayetteville's City Council approved the community solar program to help the utility support renewable energy generation, reduce peak demand, and enable customers to 'own' solar assets without the cost of installation. The program, which opened customer subscriptions in November 2019, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 1,300 metric tons of CO2 equivalent, and the estimated $2.5m development has benefited the region. 

 

CLEANTECH CHAMPION OF THE YEAR

NICOLE RAIMUNDO

Nicole Raimundo, the CIO of Cary, NC, has demonstrated outstanding leadership by elevating her team and working closely with regional partners to address challenges we ALL face. She has a talent for innovation and breaking down silos, and a contagious and entrepreneurial spirit that she has shared with her organization and region. Her inspirational leadership style and determination have brought a variety of cleantech solutions to the Town of Cary, enabling the Town to be recognized worldwide for its Smart City endeavors. She has shared Cary’s journey across the globe, allowing other governments to learn from the Town. Here are just a few of examples of her impact:

  • Created a Simulated Smart Cities program, an innovative public-private partnership enabling private sector companies like Cisco and Trilliant to test and build new technologies that benefit Cary and its residents
  • Awarded the Smart Cities Council 2018 Readiness Grant, enabling the Town to create a next-generation solution roadmap
  • Won the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge to use technology to test wastewater for opiods – partnering with local agencies to combine data sets to understand and address the epidemic
  • Connected the Town to WAZE, enabling citizens to have better real-time information about road closures
  • Coordinated a task force of Town staff and regional partners to monitor and address flooding in real time across vulnerable areas
  • Partnered with regional leadership to secure a $24M federal grant for Cary, Raleigh, NC State University, and others to participate in 5G and drone technology testbeds

 

And we're pleased to announce a special award, honoring one of North Carolina's leading experts in clean energy technology and policy:

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

STEVE KALLAND

Steve Kalland, the Executive Director of the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, has had long-lasting and far-reaching impacts on North Carolina by advancing policy, partnerships, and projects in clean energy that have increased economic development and environmental outcomes for people across the state.

 

Steve's 26-year career in the renewable-energy industry started in 1993, when he joined the NC Solar Association to reboot the state policy program after the solar industry collapsed. While there, Steve started four other state chapters and became the executive director of the 5th chapter while continuing to run state policy.

 

Steve joined the NC Clean Energy Technology Center as Deputy Director for Policy & Development in 2001, and became the executive director in 2008. As Director, Steve has managed up to 40 staff and built a strong reputation for the Center's technical expertise and financial/policy recommendations to communities with the goal of maximizing the economic benefits of transitioning to clean energy. His accomplishments with the Center include:

  • Involved in renewable energy policies that have turned North Carolina into one of the leading solar markets in the country, including the state's tax credit reauthorization for solar incentives and renewable energy portfolio standards
  • Expanded programs from solar and green buildings to include wind, bioenergy, policy and economic development, industrial programs, and trainings
  • Expanded the DSIRE database into a national resource of state incentives for renewable energy
  • Assumed production of the State Energy Conference, and has grown programming and attendance each year
  • Facilitated the first utility-scale, solar project in North Carolina—a 76 kilowatt facility near PNC, the largest in the state at the time and the first Power Purchase Agreement in the state

 

Steve was a founding advisor and helped establish RTCC, and continues to serve on the board of NCSEA.

 

Steve’s knowledge, integrity, passion for serving North Carolina, and good humor make him a worthy recipient of the Cleantech Lifetime Leadership Award. Over his career, he has become arguably the most knowledgeable expert in the state on renewable energy policy and projects and a key resource to communities in and outside the state.

 


 

 

 


Join the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster on December 3, 2019 for the first-ever Cleantech Innovation Awards to recognize and honor the individuals and organizations driving cleantech innovation and deployment in our region. Celebrate success stories and take advantage of invaluable networking opportunities with 200+ innovators from 80+ organizations!

 

 

THE AWARDS CEREMONY

 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
11 AM - 1 PM
Market Hall - 214 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 2760

Details & Register here

 

Speakers include: 

Susan Sanford

Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster

Rushad Nanavatty

Rocky Mountain Institute

 Coleen Northeim

RTI International

James Amato

WRAL TechWire

Gary Rackliffe

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AWARDS & NOMINEES

Awards applications were accepted from Monday, August 19 to Friday, October 18. Nominations will be judged by a panel of cleantech experts and winners announced at the Cleantech Innovation Awards on December 3. 

 

CLEANTECH CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
Recognizing an individual who exemplifies commitment to supporting the cleantech industry. Achievements may include an outstanding commitment to sustainability, business expansion or relocation, development of high-impact technology, or spearheading regional/cross-sector collaboration to drive innovation.

The Cleantech Champion will be announced at the awards ceremony on December 3.

 

 

CLEANTECH COMMUNITY AWARD
Recognizing a local government or community which has completed an innovative project incorporating clean technology to create positive impacts for environment, economy, and residents.

Nominees:

 

 
Smart Building Analytics Deployed on General Services Building
Fayetteville PWC Community Solar Project
GreenToGo Reusable Products to Reduce Food Waste
Innovate Durham Connects Startups to Local Government

 

 

CLEANTECH IMPACT AWARD
Recognizing a cleantech organization that has accelerated economic growth in the region or state. Examples may include a cleantech business that has relocated to the region or state, an existing cleantech employer that has expanded, or an organization that has enabled such economic growth.

Nominees:

 
New Manufacturing Plant in Mebane, NC
New Distribution Facility in Orange County, NC
RIoT Accelerator Program Connects Startups to IoT Ecosystem
HQ Relocated to NC

 

 

CLEANTECH TALENT INITIATIVE AWARD
Recognizing a program or initiative that supports or develops people entering the cleantech industry. Examples may include a corporate apprenticeship program, a community college certificate in clean technologies, K12 curriculum, etc.

Nominees:

 

LEAD Early Career Program
Education & Outreach Program
Conservation Station with Discovery Education

Clean Energy Technology Training Program

 

Powering the Future with Athens Drive High School STEM Academy
STEM Outreach & Education Programs
NC Energy Literacy Fellows Program
 
 

DIVERSITY IN CLEANTECH AWARD
Recognizing an organization or initiative that has made significant contributions to ensuring the cleantech workforce reflects the people it serves. Examples may include targeted efforts to expose underrepresented groups to cleantech career opportunities, corporate programs to hire and support underrepresented employees, mentoring or networking initiatives, etc.

Nominees:

 

 
Women in Clean Energy Initiative
Employee Resource Group Initiative
Community Engagement & STEM Education Program
 

 

 

GRID INNOVATION AWARD
Recognizing an electric utility or grid project that uses innovative cleantech solutions to create positive impacts for environment, economy, and residents.

Nominees:

 

Digital Circuit Breaker

Hot Springs Microgrid
Delivering the Power of Distributed Intelligence to Utilities & Cities
 

 

Grid Technology Solutions
NRLP Grid Innovation

Advanced Campus Microgrid
 
 

WATER INNOVATION AWARD
Recognizing a water or wastewater project that uses innovative cleantech solutions to create positive impacts for environment, economy, and residents.

Nominees:

 

 

Paste Encapsulation Technology for Wastewater Management
Adaptive Mixing Technologies to Optimize Wastewater Treatment Plant in Clayton, NC
GreenStream Regional Stormwater Sensoring Project
 

 

Improving Water Utilities in Fuquay Varina, NC

Project Axis: Brownfield Redevelopment in Garner, NC
 

 

 

TRANSPORTATION INNOVATION AWARD
Recognizing a transportation or mobility project that uses innovative cleantech solutions to create positive impacts for environment, economy, and residents.

Nominees:

 
Battery-Electric Bus Fleet
NCDoT Drone Use for Medical Delivery
RDU Airport Battery-Electric Bus Fleet

Transit Technology

 

       

SPONSORSHIP

See prospectus below for sponsorship opportunities. To ensure recognition, your commitment is requested as soon as possible.

 

 

 

We thank the organizations who have graciously sponsored the event:

 

VIP RECEPTION SPONSOR

 

AWARD SPONSORS

CHAMPION  COMMUNITY IMPACT  TALENT

 

 

 

 

DIVERSITY

GRID

WATER

TRANSPORTATION

 

TABLE SPONSORS

ElectriCities of NC

PowerSecure

Research Triangle Park

Town of Cary

 

 

 


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