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About

Launched as part of the CEC's 45th Anniversary celebration, the Clean Energy Hall of Fame Awards is an annual event designed to honor the leadership and outstanding achievements of Californians who help advance the state’s clean energy goals. The awards aim to motivate and inspire all stakeholders to continue to lead California to a 100 percent clean energy future by 2045. As California Governor Gavin Newsom said, “We will never waver on achieving the nation’s most ambitious clean energy goals.”

Event Information

Clean Energy Hall of Fame Awards

Find event agenda and ceremony remote attendance information via the above link.

Special Speaker

At this year’s ceremony we have a special guest offering brief remarks and a Navajo blessing.

Brett Isaac - Giving a Native American Blessing

BRETT ISAAC
Navajo Power 

Brett Isaac is a member of the Navajo Nation and has worked with local chapters in the Nation to execute numerous community development initiatives. Brett collaborated with the Navajo Community of Shonto in the development of community-owned enterprises leading to the creation of a solar company on the Nation called Shonto Energy. Brett’s company has deployed more than 200 off-grid solar systems to serve household without grid electricity. Brett is a Founder and Co-CEO at Navajo Power.

Awardees

Dr James O'Bannon - Clean Energy Hall of Fame Awards - Lifetime Achievement Winner

Lifetime Achievement

DR. JAMES O’BANNON

From a childhood in Mississippi where he believed his best career option was to become a bricklayer, Dr. James O’Bannon became a leading international voice in the field of energy efficiency, helping accelerate California’s clean energy future. He is the founder of the construction management department at Chico State with more than 3,000 alumni. Students not only loved Jim for his passion for teaching, they learned from his real-world lessons.

Kaushik Tota - Clean Energy Hall of Fame Awards - Youth Game Changer Winner

Youth Game Changer

KAUSHIK TOTA 

Ever since elementary school, Kaushik Tota has been passionate about the climate crisis and – fortunately for us and all Californians-- determined to do something about it. Kaushik is now a senior at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View. He is the founder of the Climate Youth Ambassador Program, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about climate change and equipping individuals with the knowledge to lead sustainable lifestyles.

Pamela Quan - Clean Energy Hall of Fame Awards - Clean Energy Champion Winner

Clean Energy Champion

PAMELA QUAN 

On the rooftops of San Francisco, Pamela Quan has seized opportunity and turned it into a career for her and others. She is a former trainee turned solar-plus-battery installation crew leader who motivates others to join her on the clean energy path. 

 

Arla Ramsey - Clean Energy Hall of Fame Awards - Clean Energy Champion Winner

Clean Energy Champion

ARLA RAMSEY 

As the leading catalyst behind a tribal-owned microgrid in Humboldt County, Arla Ramsey has prepared her community to defend against natural catastrophes and emergencies. She has also contributed significantly to advancing women in leadership roles.

 

Eddie Price - Clean Energy Hall of Fame Awards - Clean Energy Champion

Clean Energy Champion

EDDIE PRICE 

With passion and skill, Eddie has helped triple the number of households in underserved San Diego communities receiving affordable solar energy -- all while instituting a workforce development curriculum for communities that have been historically overlooked.

Ray Leon - Clean Energy Hall of Fame Awards - Clean Energy Champion

Clean Energy Champion

REY LEON 

Rey Leon is the mind and heart driving the innovative Green Raiteros electric vehicle ridesharing program. It offers Central Valley residents, mostly farmworkers, transportation to and from critical services and errands, such as doctor appointments and trips to the pharmacy.

Selection Committee

  Angela Islas, Vice Chair, Self-Help Enterprises

ANGELA ISLAS
Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group
, Vice Chair

Photo of Román Partida-López

ROMAN PARTIDA-LOPEZ
Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group,
 Member

Christina Snider, Governor's Office, Tribal Advisor

CHRISTINA SNIDER 
Governor’s Office, Tribal Advisor

Leuwam Tesfai - California Public Utilities Commission, Commissioner Shiroma’s Chief of Staff & Legal Advisor

LEUWAM TESFAI 
California Public Utilities Commission, Commissioner Shiroma’s Chief of Staff and Legal Advisor

Rajinder Sahota - California Air Resources Board, Division Chief, Industrial Strategies

RAJINDER SAHOTA 
California Air Resources Board, Division Chief, Industrial Strategies

Shrayas Jatkar - California Workforce Development Board, Policy Specialist

SHRAYAS JATKAR
California Workforce Development Board, Policy Specialist

Sarah Rubin - California Dept of Conservation, Outreach & Engagement Coordinator

SARAH RUBIN 
California Dept of Conservation, Outreach & Engagement Coordinator

Joe Xavier - California Dept of Rehabilitation, Director

JOE XAVIER
California Dept of Rehabilitation, Director

Eddie Ahn - Brightline Defense, Executive Director

EDDIE AHN
Brightline Defense, Executive Director