Recognizes an individual who exemplifies a deep commitment to advancing the cleantech industry in their local community, the Research Triangle region, or statewide.

Achievements may include demonstrated dedication to cleantech innovation or adoption, business expansion or relocation, development of high-impact technology, or spearheading regional/cross-sectoral collaboration to drive innovation.

Paul Braese

Paul Braese As the Energy Manager for the NC Department of Public Safety, Paul oversees all utility consumption and leads initiatives for water and energy conservation. Paul has set the gold standard for advancing conservation and efficiency efforts in state government. Through his leadership, the state has reduced its energy and water consumption and is… Read more


Governor Roy Cooper

GovernorRoy Cooper The Governor was nominated and selected by a committee of leaders and executives from the cleantech industry and public sectors for this prestigious award based on his demonstrated commitments to protecting natural resources. His nomination outlined his administration’s extensive investments in driving a clean energy economy in North Carolina, with accomplishments including: Executive… Read more


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