For Immediate Release: November 30, 2023

SACRAMENTO – The California Energy Commission invites you to a special event celebrating the winners of this year’s Clean Energy Hall of Fame Awards.

These local leaders will be recognized at an in-person ceremony December 7, at the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) Auditorium and remotely via Zoom.

The ceremony will include guest speakers along with prayers and a ceremonial dance by the Ione Band of Miwok Indians. After the ceremony, attendees are invited to a reception with food and drinks in the lobby of the CNRA building, where a photo booth will be set up.


The Clean Energy Hall of Fame Awards honor leaders making exceptional contributions to help California achieve a 100 percent clean energy future for all.

The recipients for the fourth annual event are:

Lifetime Achievement Award – Cliff Rechtschaffen, member, California Air Resources Board, Oakland, CA

Youth Game-Changer Award – Ava Acevedo, student and activist, Stanford University, Lodi, CA

Tribal Champion Award – Linnea Jackson, general manager, Hoopa Valley Public Utilities District, Hoopa Valley Tribe, Hoopa, CA

Clean Energy Champion Awards:

  • Keith Fisher, teacher, Calexico High School, Calexico, CA
  • Reverend Frank Jackson, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer, Village Solutions Foundation, and chairman council of presidents, New Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, Inglewood and Irvine, CA
  • David Kaneda, principal and thought leader, IDeAs Consulting, San Jose, CA 

Learn more about this year’s winners.


Thursday, December 7, 3 to 5 p.m. PST

In-person: California Natural Resources Agency Auditorium, 715 P Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

RSVP to attend in person.  

Watch via Zoom:

Learn more about the Clean Energy Hall of Fame Awards.


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