Leadership

Senator Megan Hunt, Nebraska State Legislature

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Year released
2020

Senator Megan Hunt is an entrepreneur, activist, and parent elected in 2018 to represent District 8 in the Nebraska Legislature. As a first term senator, she championed a vital update to the Nebraska state energy code, when few senators would, given that previous attempts had rarely moved out of committee. Through Senator Hunt’s efforts, this bill was skillfully shepherded through the legislative process, with no harmful amendments, gaining support and momentum. She was able to work with stakeholders of all political affiliations to have this bill pass three separate votes, per state requirement. Due to her leadership, LB 405 was signed by the governor May 8, 2019 and the 2018 IECC was adopted as the Nebraska state energy code. This update brought Nebraska’s state energy code to the 2018 IECC from the 2009 IECC, leading to a 30% - 35% increase in building energy efficiency across the state.

Senator Hunt has lived and worked in the Dundee area of Omaha for over 13 years. Her good work and impact have been featured Forbes, INC, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and numerous other publications. Megan is motivated by her goal of helping others translate their experiences into positive action and change in the real world.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

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Year released
2019

The City of Chicago under Mayor Rahm Emanuel has undertaken numerous sustainability initiatives that position the city as a national leader in energy efficiency. The Sustainable Chicago Action Agenda spearheaded by Mayor Emanuel identified energy efficiency goals and the actions to achieve them. The City of Chicago’s Smart Lighting is working towards the goal of replacing 270,000 of the city’s aging street lights with energy efficient LEDs and install a smart network. The new LEDs will use approximately 50% less energy than the existing lights. The project, which is the largest LED street lighting conversion in the U.S., demonstrates to residents and businesses within the City of Chicago and to communities across the nation how projects that save energy and money can also improve lives.

Richard Mark

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Year released
2019

Under the leadership of Richard J. Mark, Ameren Illinois’ energy efficiency program has been recognized as one of the best in the country — rated #12 by ACEEE, an independent energy efficiency organization. Since Mark took the helm in 2012, Ameren Illinois has helped customers reduce energy usage by millions of megawatt-hours, saving millions.

The vision and leadership of Mark and his team have helped shape and secure progressive energy legislation and regulatory policy in the state of Illinois. Whether he’s negotiating with lawmakers, donating high-efficiency air conditioners to customers in need, or championing energy efficiency in underserved communities, Mark’s vision has made energy efficiency more accessible to customers and communities served by Ameren Illinois.

Governor Rick Snyder

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Year released
2018

Rick Snyder became Michigan’s 48th governor when he was sworn into office on Jan. 1, 2011. In energy policy, his “no regrets” policy built on four key attributes: adaptability, reliability, affordability, and protection of the environment. Energy waste reduction has been a cornerstone of his energy policy, as it meets all four of those objectives. His leadership has brought about a number of advances, including championing the legislation that allowed Detroit to do the largest LED streetlighting conversion in the country and creating the annual Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards to spotlight leadership in the area. Michigan’s comprehensive 2016 energy reform legislation, which included increased incentives for and requirements for energy waste reduction programs, gained strong bi-partisan support, securing support two-thirds of the legislators in both chambers.

Louis James, SEEL, LLC

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Year released
2018

A prolific entrepreneur, Louis E. James has more than 40 years of experience in managing sales, marketing, operations, personnel and merchandising for both start-up and established retail, franchise, manufacturing, and service companies. He has served as a senior executive for the past thirty years and has owned many successful business ventures. One of James’ most successful ventures in the Midwest, MCLJASCO, Inc. provides a diverse range of supply chain management services, quality and containment, including inventory management and steel manufacturing. Solutions for Energy Efficient Logistics (SEEL) is the energy division of MCLJASCO, that provides services within the energy efficiency space. Through SEEL, James promotes positive environmental change by administering energy management programs, on behalf of its clients.

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