For many years, IREC recognizes extraordinary individuals who give so generously of their time and talents to help IREC. These Special Recognition Award recipients believe, like we do, that clean energy will flourish as supportive policies and programs are enacted and as barriers continue to fall.

At Solar Power International 2015, IREC honored four individuals as Action Heroes.

“We are very excited to honor some truly extraordinary individuals today,” said IREC President/CEO Jane Weissman. “They are among our nation’s most important energy trailblazers, visionaries, quiet leaders making a very real difference. We’re proud to celebrate their accomplishments and inspire others to build on their successes.”

IREC’s 2015 Action Heroes
Presented by IREC President/CEO Jane Weissman
Marcy Drummond
is a visionary. She has transformed U.S. secondary and postsecondary education.  As a vice president at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, she introduced the country to the green competency model charting realistic career and skill pathways in the clean energy sector. While at the Gates Foundation, she challenged IREC to go beyond our current thinking regarding credentials. For sharing her wisdom with us, IREC is delighted to give Marcy an Action Hero Award.

Benjamin Goldstein
is a trailblazer. He has raised the bar to a higher standard for the energy efficiency workforce. As a leading voice at the U.S. Department of Energy for energy efficiency, Benjamin moved the country forward by developing technical and competency standards that hold contractors and training programs accountable.  Benjamin’s wise navigation enabled complex credentialing elements to be embedded in the clean energy sector in America. We gladly give Benjamin IREC’s Action Hero Award.

Anya Schoolman
makes things happen. As the executive director of the Community Power Network and the founder of DC Solar United Neighborhoods, Anya is making rooftop solar power accessible and affordable. She has helped more than 700 households in the Washington, DC area go solar, and that number only continues to grow. For expanding solar access to low-income households in the DC area and the model it serves for the rest of the country, we consider Anya an Action Hero.

Kathy Swartz
 is a quiet giant of a leader. Her steady resolve to achieve excellence in training is the reason Kathy is an IREC Action Hero. As the executive director of Solar Energy International, she has proven that quality training pays off. IREC has worked with Kathy for many years and her leadership and expertise as part of the Solar Instructor Training Network spread success throughout the country.




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