Seventh Annual Four Generation of Leaders in Clean Energy and Sustainability Solutions Awards, Online, December 4, 6-9pm

  • 4 December 2020
  • Start time : 06:00 PM
  • End time : 09:00 PM
  • Event Host : Leaders in Clean Energy and Sustainability
Seventh Annual Four Generation of Leaders in Clean Energy and Sustainability Solutions Awards, 2020
Event Description

Join Leaders in Clean Energy and Sustainability for the 2020 Seventh Annual Four Generation of Leaders in Clean Energy and Sustainability Solutions AWARDS CELEBRATION.   The “Four Gen” Awards. This year’s theme is “Regenerating – for a Positive Future!”

This year's awards honor multigenerational leaders who are helping to regenerate natural systems and economies to create prosperity and resilience through projects, programs, and initiatives that connect with this theme. 

Why this year’s theme? Many studies now point to the necessity for a fundamental and encompassing transformation in how our society conducts its activities. The World Economic Forum report alone identified 15 systemic transitions with annual business opportunities worth $10 trillion that could create 395 million jobs by 2030. Together, these can pave the way towards a human- and nature-positive development which will be resilient to future shocks. (See links below to World Economic Forum* and Global Commission on Economy and the Climate**.)  Our theme categories included:  Clean, Efficient, and Reliable Energy; Big Picture, Long-term Planning for Sustainability; Circular Economy and Innovative Regional Development; Ecosystem Restoration; Innovative Businesses and Entrepreneurship; Regenerative Agriculture; Resilient Communities and Prosperity Redefined; Steady State Economy; and Climate Restoration

The Future of Nature and Business)
** (Unlocking the Inclusive Growth Story of the 21th Century: Accelerating Climate Action in Urgent Times),

  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • Leaders in Clean Energy and Sustainability
  • Agenda
    • SOCIAL HOUR: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
      Small Group Networking Session to Connect with Other Forum Attendees: 6:00 –6:30 pm
      Mixology by Solar-Powered Catoctin Creek Distillery – Learn how to make a “green” and other holiday cocktails and mocktails!

      AWARDS PROGRAM (7:00 – 8:00 pm)
      Be inspired by our Four Generations Awardees (and Lifetime Achievement Awardee!)

      Small Discussion Groups & Speed Networking
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Honorees:

      Klaus Lachner, Ph.D (Baby Boomer Awardee)
      Dr. Klaus Lackner is the Director of Center for Negative Carbon Emissions and professor at the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University. His research has focused on closing the carbon cycle by capturing carbon dioxide from the air, carbon sequestration, carbon foot-printing, including the use of “artificial trees” to offset carbon dioxide emissions.

      Tonya Graham (Gen X Awardee)

      Tonya Graham leads the Geos Institute’s ClimateWise program helping communities build resilience in the face of climate change. She has taken a lead role in developing the concept of Whole Community Resilience, which takes a holistic approach to addressing climate change impacts and develops solutions that are both ecologically sound and socially equitable.

      Akanksha Khatri (Millennial Awardee)
      Akanksha Khatri is Head of Nature Action Agenda for World Economic Forum’s Platform for Global Public Goods. Ms. Khatri was the lead author of the report, “The Future of Nature and Business,” shows how 15 strategic transitions can halt nature loss by 2030 while providing economic growth and jobs which inspired the theme for our Awards this year.

      Jerry Achtermann (Gen Z Awardee)
      Jerry Achtermann attends Oberlin College studying Music Theory and Composition. As a 7th grader frustrated by the Fairfax County Public Schools’ use of polystyrene trays in the school system’s cafeterias, Jerry Achtermann decided to try to eliminate them. In 2015, he created a petition on and, garnering approximately 500 signatures from across the state, the country, and the world. He spoke on Arlington County’s Sustainable Scoop and created a Prezi presentation, then met with the FCPS school board to present his evidence on the environmental and health dangers of polystyrene. His efforts resulted in the county’s elimination of the trays and their replacement with compostable cardboard trays.

      Peter Seidel (Lifetime Achievement Awardee)
      Peter Seidel is the author of the new book titled Uncommon Sense: Shortcomings of the Human Mind for Handling Big-Picture, Long-Term Challenges published by the Steady State Press.” He holds a B.S. in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado and a Masters in Architectural Planning from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Seidel has served as a faculty member at the University of Michigan and Virginia Tech, and he also taught at Central China Institute of Science and Technology.
  • Event type
    • Online/Webinar

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