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You are here: > News > June 8, 2008

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Environmental Hall of Fame Honors Several Top 100 Energy Technologies

First biannual ceremony christens event toward becoming the 'Golden Globes' of the Environmental movement.

by Sterling D. Allan
Pure Energy Systems News
Copyright © 2008

The backdrop image for the June 6, 2008 Environmental Hall of Fame ceremony was a 3D Vitruvian man set in a golden sphere, surrounded by a rotating green globe.  On the table was a sculpted Vitruvian man on a lighted pillar.

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Twenty two environmental movement leaders were inducted into the first Environmental Hall of Fame ceremony Friday at the Weston LAX hotel theater in Los Angeles, to coincide with World Environment Day 2008.

The honorees hearkened from a wide range of disciplines within the green movement, ranging from twelve clean energy companies to green building and emissions concerns.  Probably the most well-known inductee was Art Linkletter, who at 86 years of age is still vibrant and entertaining.  Four of the recipient companies are presently listed on the New Energy Congress' Top 100 Clean Energy Technologies.

The awards recognize leadership 12 major fields that encompass approximately 50 categories, including: Awareness, Community, Energy Efficiency, Government, International, Media, Natural Capitalism, Solar Energy, Environmental Stewardship, Sustainability, Transportation and Wind Energy.

Famed author and speaker Debra Poneman served as master of ceremonies, introducing each nominee, who then gave a brief acceptance speech, followed by a photo with event co-organizer, Allen Rubin.  Each inductee received a framed certificate and profile outline.

The event was recorded on two high definition video cameras so that it might be aired in the future on national television.  A book and DVD are scheduled to be published this summer under the name “The Environmental Hall of Fame.”  The chosen inductees will have a profile of their contributions and recommendations in the book and DVD, which will be released to TV, Internet and other media for broadcast and distribution. The book and DVD will also be available to the public through the Environmental Hall of Fame website.

According to the official website, the Environmental Hall of Fame recognizes environmentalists (corporations, companies, individuals, and organizations) who are committed to taking a stand for a green sustainable planet. The selection committee nominates outstanding candidates for recognition and inducts the winners into this prestigious organization.  These nominees, selected from a field of several hundred entries, all share a common commitment to providing the most effective solutions to help humanity’s survival and to restore balance to planet Earth.

The recognition garnered in receiving a place in the Environmental Hall of Fame is intended to be equivalent to receiving an Academy, Emmy, or Grammy Award in the entertainment industry.

The inductees in attendance Friday evening were (as listed on the program):

  1. Larry Kazmerski, Director of the National Center for Photovoltaics.  Director of NREL's National Center for Photovoltaics. Has published 300+ journal papers.
  2. Stan Ovshinsky, Father of Thin-Film Solar Energy
  3. Art Linkletter, People Are Funny TV Series, Chairman of Solargenix
  4. AeroVironment, Architectural Wind, A Wind Turbine for your Roof; Accepting is Director of the Clean Energy Technology Center Paul M. Glenney
  5. BJ Dohrmann, Co-Founder, CEO Space, Global Cooperation Transforming the World; Accepting is VP of Marketing, Paul Pfeifer
  6. CalPIRG and Environment California, protecting clean air, clean water and open space; helped pass Million Solar Roof Legislation
  7. Guy Negre, Manufacturer of the Air Car which will be mass produced by Tata Motors of India; accepting is VP of MDI, Inc, Shiva Vencat.
  8. Mario Van Peebles and family, Actor, Director and developer of the new TV Series "Mario's Green House" featuring the entire Peebles family.
  9. US Green Building Council (USGBC), LA Chapter Accepting Award on Behalf of
  10. Van Jones, Renowned advocate for green jobs/social justice
  11. New Energy Congress, A network of 40+ energy professionals who are dedicated to clean energy technology advancement, featuring the 100 Most Promising Technologies; accepting is Founder Sterling Allan.
  12. PacWind, Vertical axis wind turbines; accepting is COO Gary Toomey
  13. Randy Hayes, Founder, Rainforest Action Network, Protecting the rainforests and the rights of their inhabitants
  14. Set America Free, Committed to cutting our dependence on foreign oil; accepting is researcher Eyal Aronoff
  15. Southwest Windpower, Largest supplier of small wind turbines in the USA; accepting is Co-Founder and President David Calley
  16. Tesla Motors, Designs and sells high-performance, highly efficient electric sports cars; accepting is Client Services Manager Jeremy Snyder
  17. The Edward R. Mercer Foundation, Dedicated to the betterment of the planet through ecological conservation and education

Inductees Honored Friday Afternoon:

  1. Amonix, 5th Generation Concentrated Solar Energy
  2. SunPower, Increasing Solar Cell Efficiency Commercially to over 23%
  3. First Solar, Leaders in manufacturing of thin-film solar technology

Unable to Attend at the Last Minute

  1. Stirling Energy Systems, Innovative and highly efficient solar energy technology; accepting is CEO Bruce Osborn
  2. Green Power, Inc, Turning waste into diesel fuel; accepting is President and CEO Michael Spitzauer 



Mr. Allan and the New Energy Congress are honored at the Environmental Hall of Fame, June 6, 2008. (Ref.)

Photo Journal

Back Row: Larry Kazmerski; Van Jones; ?; ?
Front Row: Stan Ovshinski; Edward R. Mercer; Sterling D. Allan (New Energy Congress); Randy Hayes; Allen Rubin

Back Row: Jeremy Snyder (Tesla Motors); Michael Brune (Rainforest Action Network); Larry Kazmerski

(Sorry for poor image quality) 
The inductee group went into the lobby where Art Linkletter was sitting on the couch, for another group photo there.
Behind couch, left to right: Sterling Allan; ?; ?; Stan Obshinski; ?; Larry Kazmerski; ?; Van Jones; Allen Rubin; Shiva Vencat? (MDI); Edward R. Mercer.

Inductee, Larry Kazmerski, a pillar in the photovoltaic industry, shows one of the very first solar-powered radios and says, "It still works."

Stan Ovshinski, is the author of some 350 patents and was featured in the movie Who Killed the Electric Car?

Larry Kazmerski participates in honoring Stan Ovshinski, with Allen Rubin

Mario Van Peebles' family attended the celebration.

US Green Building Council established the LEED program

Mario Van Peebles accompanied Dr. Lance Williams' awarding.

The following intro video was debuted at the ceremony.

Sterling Allan explains the purpose of the New Energy Congress.

The daughter of the PacWind founder and COO, Gary Toomey, accepted the award on his behalf, as he is battling with cancer.

Jeremy Snyder, Client Services Manager, received the award on behalf of Tesla Motors, Inc.

Edward Mercer receives his plaque and framed profile.

Chava Mahelona handed each of the inductees their plaque before their photos were taken. (Sorry for blurry image quality.)  She is also pictured in the photo prior to this one.

The event was co-coordinated by Allen Rubin and Catherine Corbin (right).  Debra Poneman (left) served as master of ceremonies.

See more photos here: 

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Credit: Photos primarily by New Energy Congress member, Hugh Campbell.


Good Job

On June 13, 2008, author, Jeane Manning wrote:

Good work, Sterling! The honors in LA for NEC are well deserved.

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On June 12, 2008, Joel Garbon wrote:

Congratulations on being honored at the Environmental Hall of Fame! That is just awesome, and tremendous validation of your work and that of our group of colleagues.

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Page composed by Sterling D. Allan June 1, 2008
Last updated December 24, 2014





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