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(Huntsville, AL)  The Huntsville chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) partnered with Energy Huntsville, Energy Alabama and Nexus Energy to present a number of awards at the first annual Green Tie Bash, held at Huntsville’s Davidson Center October 17.

The Green Tie Bash will be held every fall as the highlight of the annual Rocket City Summit, bringing these three organizations together with the Association of Energy Engineers Huntsville Chapter to create an evening of dinner, drinks and silent auction to honor local energy award winners. The proceeds from this event support energy improvements for elderly low-income Huntsville residents.

In addition to its own Association of Energy Engineer awards, Energy Alabama also presented awards to winners in its North Alabama Buildings Performance Challenge that encourages and recognizes energy conservation in commercial and institutional buildings. Nexus Energy Center presented an award to the Elderly Citizen of the Year recipient of an energy upgrade at his home.

Buildings Performance Challenge Awards

The Most Improved award went to the Huntsville Association of Realtors, who achieved a 23% reduction in energy consumption at their downtown Huntsville headquarters. 

Receiving the Project of the Year award was Media Fusion, Inc., a local company whose 50 KW solar array is on track to achieve a Return on Investment (ROI) in less than six years.

The Madison City Schools received the Best Overall Performance award for its Discovery Middle School energy upgrades that allowed the school to achieve Energy Star Certification by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Association of Energy Engineer Awards

The Huntsville chapter presented awards to 15 individuals who have distinguished themselves over the past year as leaders and innovators in Huntsville area energy conservation efforts.

Two individuals shared Energy Champion awards. Eric Terrell, principal at Discovery Middle School, led his school’s efforts to achieve Energy Star status. Clifford Porter of Columbia High School also received the award for his efforts in supporting Energy in Action classes to Columbia High School students.

The AEE Supporting Partner award was presented to Chad Donald, President of Avion Solutions in Huntsville. Avion has been a pioneer among Huntsville-area government contractors in its support to local energy conservation initiatives. The firm provide funding and technical support to the Windmill Switch Blade Project.

Jeffrey Cantrell, Facilities Manager at U.S. Space and Rocket Center, received the Facilities Management and Energy Management Innovator award in recognition of his efforts to move the facility, Alabama’s largest tourist attraction, towards energy sustainability.

Leadership awards were presented in three categories. Jay Newkirk received the Distinguished Services and Leadership award for his leadership in helping to found and lead the Energy Huntsville Initiative, while Ruchi Singhal received the Leadership in Energy Awareness award for her efforts in forming and leading Nexus Energy Center in improving conditions in homes of low-income residents. Andy Bernard took the Distinguished Leadership award for his leadership in Huntsville City School’s Green Power USA programs.

In the Federal area, Marshall Space Flight Center Director Todd May received the Federal Leadership in Energy Management award for his support of energy conservation efforts at the Center.

Educational leadership awards were presented in four areas. AEE board member Jimmy Young was presented the Educational Support Specialist award for his continued support to the Future cities Competition and Alabama Science and Engineering Fair for the state of Alabama. The Energy Innovator in Schools award went to Randy Buckner for this efforts in promoting STEM and energy education, and the Educational Leadership award went to Bill Carswell for his support and leadership on behalf of the AEE Student Chapter at UAH. Fitzgerald McQueen of the Madison City Schools took the Leadership in Energy Management award for his leadership as the Energy Manager of Madison City Schools and his efforts toward making Discovery Middle School north Alabama’s first Energy Star School.

Recently launched, the UAH student chapter has become one of the most active of AEE’s 16 student chapters nationwide. Founding President Jordan Busby andcurrent president Abby Hendrie were presented Leadership in AEE Student Chapter recognition awards for their efforts in getting the chapter officially chartered.

One of the major awards of the evening, the Global Leadership in Energy Management award, went to Daniel Tait, founder, president and CEO of Energy Alabama, an association dedicated to furthering Alabama’s transition to sustainability in energy.