The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster is excited to announce our 2021 Cleantech Innovation Awards Nomination Process 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.

Nominations and applications for the 2021 Cleantech Innovation Awards are open until October 20, 2021.

The Awards Ceremony will be held Wednesday, December 8, 2021 from 4:00-6:00 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

 Nominations will be judged by a panel of cleantech experts and winners will be announced at the Cleantech Innovation Awards Ceremony on December 8, 2021. 

 

INDIVIDUAL & SMALL TEAM AWARDS

 
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CLEANTECH ENTREPRENEUR CLEANTECH CHAMPION CLEANTECH RESEARCH INNOVATION

 

 

 

ORGANIZATION AWARDS

 
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EQUITY IN CLEANTECH CLEANTECH TALENT DEVELOPMENT DIVERSITY IN CLEANTECH

 

 

   

CLEANTECH IMPACT AWARDS

   
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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRANSPORTATION ENERGY WATER LOCAL GOVERNMENT

 

SPONSORSHIP

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

 

2021 AWARD DESCRIPTIONS

Individuals and Small Teams Awards

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.

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.

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.

 

Organization Awards

Equity in Cleantech Award
Recognizes an organization or initiative that has demonstrated a strong commitment to equity in the implementation of a cleantech project. Examples may include deployments that focus specifically on the equitable availability of cleantech solutions, initiatives that address existing inequalities through new cleantech investments, and stakeholder engagement processes specifically designed to promote inclusion in planning or implementation processes.

Cleantech Talent Development Award
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. Examples may include a corporate apprenticeship or internship program, a community college or university certificate in clean technologies, or K-12 curriculum or outreach program.

Diversity in Cleantech Award
Recognizes 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 help underrepresented groups explore cleantech career opportunities, corporate programs designed to recruit and support underrepresented employees, or inclusion-focused mentoring or networking initiatives.

Cleantech Impact Awards

Cleantech Impact: Economic Development
Recognizes 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 organization that has made a significant impact through the application of clean technologies, or an organization that has enabled cleantech economic growth.

Cleantech Impact: Transportation
Recognizes a transportation or mobility project that uses innovative cleantech solutions to create positive impacts for the environment, economy, and residents. Examples may include successful EV charging deployments, microtransit initiatives, or efforts to improve mass transit systems.

Cleantech Impact: Energy
Recognizes an energy project that applies cleantech to create positive impacts for the environment, economy, and residents. Examples may include innovations to existing grid infrastructure to enhance resiliency, renewable energy installations, microgrid deployments, or innovative energy efficiency programs.

Cleantech Impact: Water
Recognizes a water, wastewater, or stormwater project that applies cleantech solutions to create positive impacts for the environment, economy, and residents. Examples may include deployment of smart metering solutions at scale, application of data to identify opportunities for water conservation, or innovative technology deployments that improve water quality and the environment.

Cleantech Impact: 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. Examples may include smart city technology deployments, collaborative stormwater management agreements, or cross-departmental teams addressing climate change or cleantech adoption or deployment.