The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster is excited to announce our 2021 Cleantech Innovation Awards Nominees, Finalists, and Awards Ceremony. These awards recognize the people, organizations, and initiatives driving cleantech innovation, creative deployment solutions, and workforce development in our region and throughout North Carolina.

The Awards Ceremony will be held Wednesday, December 8, 2021 from 4:00-6:30 PM at Market Hall in Raleigh, a flexible indoor-outdoor venue. In addition to the awards ceremony itself, this fantastic event will include a networking happy hour with hors d’ouvres, beer, and wine included.

Join us for this unique opportunity to connect with many fellow members of the NC cleantech ecosystem and celebrate the incredible innovation and creativity in North Carolina’s cleantech community!

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AWARD CATEGORIES, NOMINEES, & FINALISTS

Nominations are judged by a panel of cleantech experts and winners will be announced at the Cleantech Innovation Awards on December 8. 

 

Finalists in each award category are indicated with bold text and an asterisk (*).

 

INDIVIDUAL & SMALL TEAM AWARDS

 

CLEANTECH CHAMPION
Recognizes an individual who exemplifies a deep commitment to advancing the cleantech industry in the region or state. Achievements may include demonstrated dedication to sustainability, business expansion or relocation, development of high-impact technology, or spearheading regional/cross-sectoral collaboration to drive innovation.

Presented by:  

 

Governor Roy Cooper will be honored as the Cleantech Champion at the Awards Ceremony on December 8.

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 Order 80, which focused on protecting the environment while growing the clean energy technology sector
• Establishment of the North Carolina Climate Change Interagency Council
• Development and implementation of the North Carolina Clean Energy Plan
• Carbon Reduction Policy Evaluation and North Carolina Energy Regulatory Process (NERP)
• Executive Order 218, which focused on opportunities for offshore wind generation and jobs in North Carolina
• Signing the bipartisan Energy Solutions for North Carolina bill (NC House Bill 951).

Governor Cooper plans to attend the Awards Ceremony and speak about the importance of clean energy and clean  technologies for North Carolina’s future prosperity.

View the press release here for more information.

 

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CLEANTECH ENTREPRENEUR
Recognizes an individual who has demonstrated innovation through the development of new technology or advancing existing technology that has the potential to disrupt traditional industries, create a cleaner planet, and improve the quality of life for people here in North Carolina or around the world.

Presented by: 

 

The Cleantech Entrepreneur will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on December 8.

 

CLEANTECH RESEARCH INNOVATION
Recognizes an individual or group pursuing a research-based solution to a pressing cleantech challenge, working toward commercialization of a research-based cleantech innovation, or spearheading a new collaboration between research and industry.

 

Presented by: 

 

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374Water
Marc A. Deshusses
Breezi.io, Inc.
Matt Craver
CHASE
Gerald Meyer
* FREEDM Systems Center at NC State
Srdjan Lukic
         
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Duke University Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions / Energy Initiative
Internet of Water
NALA Systems
Sue Mecham
NC State University
NSF AERPAW Platform
NC State University Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Chris Vermillion
         
       
 
* Vestaron Corporation
Vestaron Operations
     

 

ORGANIZATION AWARDS

EQUITY IN CLEANTECH
Recognizes an organization or initiative that has demonstrated a strong commitment to equity in the implementation of a cleantech project.

 
 
* City of Charlotte
CATS Electric Bus Program 
City of Asheville's
Climate Justice Initiative
The Climate Service
City of Raleigh Community
Climate Action Plan 
 

 
 
 
 
* Oak City Baptist Church Solar Installation
 
 
 

 

CLEANTECH TALENT DEVELOPMENT
Recognizes an organization or initiative that has made a significant contribution to developing talent, providing professional development, or fostering employment opportunities that support the cleantech industry in the region or state.

 
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* Partnership Raleigh
Community Climate Intern Program
Duke University Energy Initiative and the
JamesE. Rogers Energy Access Project
Power+ Graduate Rotational Program
and Power+ Internship Program
* IE Cleantech Corner Initiative
UNC Institute for the Environment

 

DIVERSITY IN CLEANTECH
Recognizes an organization or initiative that has made significant contributions to ensuring the cleantech workforce reflects the people it serves.

       
   
 
* Center for Energy Education (C4EE)
EPA-RTP's Community Engagement & STEM
Education Program
* Women+ in Climate Tech (WiCT)

CLEANTECH IMPACT AWARDS

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Recognizes a cleantech organization that has accelerated economic growth in the region or state.

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* Smart Wires
   

 

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

Presented by:

 

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* City of Raleigh’s Pollution Remediation,
Heat Island Reduction, and Pavement
Preservation with TiO2 Enhanced Pavements
* Hitachi Energy Grid-eMotion
Fleet Electrification
SAS PlaneView
TransLoc’s OnDemand

 

ENERGY
Recognizes an energy project that applies cleantech to create positive impacts for the environment, economy, and residents.

Presented by: 

 

 
 
Carteret Craven Electric Cooperative
Customer-Owned Generation
City of Charlotte Sustainable
Facilities Policy
Duke Energy Deploys Decarbonization-
As-A-Service With The Town of Cary
Eagle Solar & Light (ESL) - Benevolence
Farm Solar Installation
         
   
 
* ndustrial - Lineage Logistic
Energy Savings Initiatives
New River Light & Power Green
Power Program
* PowerSecure’s Rich Square
Market Microgrid
 

 

WATER
Recognizes a water, wastewater, or stormwater project that applies cleantech solutions to create positive impacts for the environment, economy, and residents.

Presented by: 

 

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* 374Water
* NALA Systems Reverse Osmosis Membranes
Town of Cary’s Storm Water Project

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Recognizes a local government that has effectively leveraged resources and partnerships to complete an innovative project or initiative deploying cleantech solutions to create positive impacts for the environment, economy, and residents.

 
 
* City of Raleigh's Flood Early Warning System
City of Sanford Smart City Pilot 
* Town of Morrisville’s Smart Parks Project

 

 

 

SPONSORSHIP

See prospectus below for sponsorship opportunities. Contact Emmit Owens for more information.