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CSI’s Lindsay Dubbs recognized with national clean energy education leadership award

The U.S. Department of Energy has recognized nine accomplished women for their achievements and leadership in clean energy as part of the U.S Clean Energy Education & Empowerment Initiative.

Lindsay Dubbs has been recognized for leadership in clean energy education.

Dubbs is the associate director of the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program at the East Carolina University Coastal Studies Institute in Skyco.

Reide Corbett, executive director of Coastal Studies Institute and dean of Integrated Coastal Programs at East Carolina University, commented, “I am thrilled, but not surprised, that the Department of Energy has recognized Dr. Dubbs’ hard work, important accomplishments, and continued dedication toward education and the integration of her own renewable energy research into many aspects of her teaching. CSI is lucky to have such an enthusiastic and passionate educator helping lead academic programming and renewable energy research on our campus. Lindsay’s enthusiasm and endless energy is infectious and I, personally, appreciate her commitment to her students each and every year! I can’t think of a more qualified and deserving recipient of this important award.”

Dubbs’ research focuses on the Gulf Stream, a large but challenging potential energy source.

She works to minimize environmental impacts associated with harvesting that energy.

She is also an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and co-director of the university’s Outer Banks Field Site, an undergraduate program focused on multidisciplinary approaches to the sustainable management of coastal resources.

She developed and teaches undergraduate classes in coastal ecology and research methods, as well as coastal and offshore energy classes for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Dubbs regularly involves students, interns and young professionals in marine hydrokinetic energy and environmental impact assessment research. She engages with others interested in renewable energy through community and professional presentations, service on advisory boards and leadership committees and organization of and participation in public outreach events.

Dubbs holds a bachelor of science in biology and environmental studies from Tufts University and master of science and a PhD in environmental sciences and engineering from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill.

The winners of the 2020 U.S. Clean Energy Education & Empowerment Initiative Awards will be honored at the Ninth Annual Women in Clean Energy Symposium to be held remotely Dec. 8-9, 2020. The clean energy initiative is led by the U.S. Department of Energy in collaboration with the MIT Energy Initiative, Stanford Energy and the Texas A&M Energy Institute. The department has led this initiative since 2012 with the goal of closing the gender gap and increasing the participation, leadership, and success of women in clean energy fields.

Other 2020 award winners are:

Lifetime Achievement: Bobi Garrett served as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s deputy laboratory director and chief operating officer prior to her recent retirement. She integrated and implemented the lab’s strategy across research and operations and ensured business and operating systems enabled high-quality, impactful research.

Advocacy: Cristina Garcia is assistant director at the Building Electrification Initiative, where she focuses on inclusive labor and workforce policies.

Business: Elizabeth Kaiga is key account director for renewable energy at DNV GL, where her work focuses on providing strategies and solutions to support the global transition to sustainable energy that is safer, cleaner and more reliable.

Entrepreneurship: Kathy Hannun is the co-founder and president of Dandelion Energy, the largest home geothermal company in the United States.

Government: Natalie Meyer leads climate and sustainability initiatives for the City of Bozeman, Montana. Under her leadership, the City of Bozeman has experienced 37% growth, but per capita emissions have decreased by 15%.

International: María Hilda Rivera is an energy advisor with Power Africa, where she works to double electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa.

Law and Finance: Britta von Oesen is a managing director with CohnReznick Capital and leads the San Francisco office.

Research: Simona Onori is an assistant professor in Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University, where she directs the Stanford Energy Control laboratory, and an adjunct professor at the International Center for Automotive Research at Clemson University.

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