DENVER (October 28, 2008) — Dr. Jan Hamrin received a 2008 Green Power Leadership “Pioneer” award last night from the Center for Resource Solutions for a career spent building the market for green power. The annual award ceremony recognizes individual renewable energy leaders for achievement in support of renewable energy.
The 2008 Green Power Pioneer Award was presented to Hamrin at the annual awards event on Monday, October 27, in conjunction with the 2008 National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference taking place in Denver.
The award reflects Hamrin’s 30 years spent promoting renewable energy through research, policy guidance, and the development of consumer-protection programs. She founded the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions in 1997 and a year later created the nationally known Green-e certification program for voluntary renewable energy purchases. Hamrin retired as president of CRS at the end of 2007. In addition to her renewable energy accomplishments at CRS, she also managed solar programs for the California Energy Commission in the late 1970s and later founded and led the Independent Energy Producers Association pulling together renewable power and clean energy interests to affect policy and establish markets for non-utility power in the 1980s and 1990s.
“The Center for Resource Solutions is proud to honor Dr. Jan Hamrin who has dedicated the last 30 years to moving the market forward for renewable energy,” said Arthur O’Donnell, executive director of the Center for Resource Solutions. “Jan exemplifies what the Pioneer Award is all about. Her work in founding two pioneering nonprofit organizations has been a tremendous benefit to the nation over the past three decades. Her efforts show commitment, innovation, and dedication to creating a more sustainable world.”
Hamrin also served as an advisor to the G-8 Renewable Energy Task Force, the International Energy Agency, and the Commission for Environmental Corporation on renewable energy policy issues. Her portfolio of work includes developing as associations of tracking systems for North America and shaping renewable energy policies in places liked China, Brazil, and Mexico. Jan’s leadership paved the way for “early action” in greenhouse gas mitigation and carbon reductions that are today crucial components of California’s energy and environmental policies.
CRS also recognizes market leadership through two other awards: the Green Power Beacon for innovative marketing campaigns to increase widespread awareness of renewable energy options and the Green Power Pilot for cutting-edge outreach efforts by individuals and organizations to boost interest in green power. CRS presented a total of five awards-four to leading organizations and one individual-Jan Hamrin. A six-person selection committee reviewed the CRS Market Development nominations.
About the National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference For over a decade, the National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference has been the industry’s paramount annual gathering attended by the most influential renewable energy and carbon market stakeholders. Attendees include power marketers, renewable energy developers, large green power purchasers, retail and wholesale green power suppliers, electric utilities, equipment manufacturers, government agencies, energy consultants and scientists, and nonprofit experts. It is organized by San Francisco-based CRS, and by the U.S. EPA and DOE. See the conference website at www.renewableenergymarketing.net.
About Center for Resource Solutions The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) is a national nonprofit with global impact. CRS brings forth expert responses to climate change issues with the speed and effectiveness necessary to provide real-time solutions. Its leadership through collaboration and environmental innovation builds policies and consumer-protection mechanisms in renewable energy, greenhouse gas reductions, and energy efficiency that foster healthy and sustained growth in national and international markets. For more information about its programs, visit www.resource-solutions.org and www.green-e.org.
About the Department of Energy DOE’s overarching mission is enhancing national security. The priorities of the department’s energy programs are to increase domestic energy production, revolutionize our approach to energy conservation and efficiency, and promote the development of renewable and energy efficiency technologies. For more information, visit www.eere.energy.gov.
About EPA’s Green Power Partnership EPA’s Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,000 Partner organizations voluntarily purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500 companies, small and medium sized businesses, local, state, and federal governments, and colleges and universities. For more information, visit www.epa.gov/greenpower.