2012 Award Winner

28Sep 2012

Dr. Laura Stachel is the Executive Director of We Care Solar, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making solar power simple and accessible for safe motherhood programs in last-mile health centers. We Care Solar designs and distributes compact solar electric kits—Solar Suitcases—to provide reliable lighting, phone charging, and essential electricity to maternal health facilities. Its programs improve the capacity of health workers to provide life-saving obstetric care. Dr. Stachel is a retired obstetrician-gynecologist and was Staff Researcher at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. She has been a co-investigator on several studies on Solar Suitcase maternal health programs in Nigeria and Uganda. For her work in addressing energy access for developing-world health centers, Dr. Stachel has received numerous awards including the United Nations “Powering the Future We Want” Award, the Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer Award, the National Energy Globe Award (Ethiopia), the Top Ten CNN Heroes Award, and the Nokia Health Tech Award. She received a BA with highest honors in Psychology from Oberlin College, an MD from the University of California, San Francisco, and an MPH in Maternal and Child Health from the University of California, Berkeley.

28Sep 2012

Liz Porter is responsible for all personnel, equipment, tools, maintenance, materials, supervision, and other items and non-personal services necessary to perform U.S. Army ITA Transport Management. This includes a 24 x 7 x 365 network operations center, project management, and engineering services for 300 sites with more than 8,500 devices across four classifications of networks for more than 55,000 users. Previously, as the Director for Corporate Energy Initiatives at Lockheed Martin, she developed and executed the strategy for the Energy Campaign, working closely with the corporate strategy and business development departments to grow the company’s business in the energy market. Ms. Porter received a BS from Villanova University and an MBA from the University of Colorado.

28Sep 2012
Jing Li

Dr. Jing Li’s work is primarily in the areas of solid-state inorganic and inorganic-organic hybrid materials that possess interesting and useful properties for clean energy applications. She has published more than 220 scientific papers and has received a number of awards, including the Presidential Faculty Fellow Award and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. Dr. Li is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Solid State Chemistry, a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Crystal Growth and Design, and an Elected Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She received an MS and a PhD from Cornell University.

28Sep 2012
Tracey Holloway

Tracey Holloway is a professor at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Her research examines air quality and links with energy, climate, and public health. Holloway leads the 2016–2019 National Aeronautics and Space Administration Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team (HAQAST.org), and she serves as President and Co-founder of the Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWNonline.org). She holds a BS from Brown University and a PhD from Princeton University.

28Sep 2012

Margaret Downey is the Administrator for the Cape Light Compact, the first municipal aggregator in Massachusetts. She manages and directs the Cape Light Compact’s electric power supply aggregation program and energy efficiency programs. Ms. Downey was a founding member of the Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative, a sister organization of the Cape Light Compact, which recently completed the installation of 28 megawatts of distributed renewable energy solar photovoltaic projects on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. She serves as an officer on the Board of Directors of NEED, a national energy education project aimed at educating students and teachers about energy efficiency in the classroom and community.

28Sep 2012
Judy Doresy

Judy Dorsey has led the completion of more than 200 sustainability projects for more than 100 clients across 20 states. Her specialties include district-scale and community-scale planning in climate and energy, clean energy, sustainable economic development, organizational development, and net-zero energy and water initiatives. She co-founded the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster and helped spearhead two of its primary initiatives: the International Cleantech Network, a global network connecting the world’s leading cleantech clusters, and FortZED, an initiative to create one of the world’s largest active net-zero energy districts. Ms. Dorsey has received numerous awards, including being named Climate Change Hero at the Aspen Climate Conference and one of the Denver Business Journal Outstanding Women in Business. She leveraged the C3E prize money to create the Colorado C3E Initiative—a workforce development and networking program for advancing women in clean energy, operated by the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster. Ms. Dorsey holds a BS from Northwestern University and an MS from Colorado State University.