Posts filed under ‘Awards and recognition’

Clean Energy Durham Receives Vaunted “Give a Dam” Award at 7th Annual Beaver Pageant

In between the bawdy jokes, the colorful and unusual performances by people’s favorite – Cherry Cherry Bang Bang DaBeava, overall winner – Fur Pelton John, other contestants, and occasional flash-mob-esque dancing, the devoted members of the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association reminded Saturday’s 7thAnnual Pageant goers of the real purpose of the day, to preserve Ellerbe Creek, and to recognize how others in the community can help. Tucked into the ceremonies, as contestants were answering the important question of how to attract more beavers to town, Original Beaver Kaferine de Nerve took a moment to present Clean Energy Durham with the “Give a Dam” award, honoring our efforts to preserve the area’s natural resources through our energy education workshops.

Thanks to ECWA for a fabulous community event! And thanks for teaming up with Clean Energy Durham to preserve Durham’s natural resources!

For more on the hilarious, double-edged pageantry fun, see the Herald-Sun.


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June 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm Leave a comment

NERP Contractor Impressed with Program

Smith Insulation, one of the City of Durham contractors working on the Neighborhood Energy Retrofit Program (NERP), said they are “happy about working on the program.”  They characterized the program as a “unique new program with informed, enthusiastic residents.”  We at Clean Energy Durham are inclined to agree―thanks for your support Smith!  For more information on NERP visit the program website.


December 28, 2010 at 5:12 pm Leave a comment

SJF Summit Features Clean Energy Durham’s Lenora Smith

Lenora Smith, Clean Energy Durham’s Community Outreach Director and Project Manager for the Neighborhood Energy Retrofit Program (NERP) will be a guest panelist at this year’s SJF Summit on the New Green Economy, to be held September 14th and 15th at the Durham Convention Center.  She will be part of the Tuesday, September 14th “Green Jobs Initiatives Panel” from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.

The SJF Summit will be a dynamic gathering of entrepreneurs, investors, government and community leaders sharing inspiring successes & practical tools to build the green economy. Keynotes from Bruce Kahn, Deutsche Bank Climate Change Advisors; Dr. Robert Wallace, BITHENERGY; Bruce Usher, former CEO of EcoSecurities; and David Orr, Oberlin College.  More info and to register:

September 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm Leave a comment

Welcoming New Staff Members

Clean Energy Durham's staff has more than doubled in the last year.

January brought three new additions to the Clean Energy Durham staff. Jeanne Allen brings her considerable nonprofit volunteer management experience to the staff as a new Community Outreach Coordinator. Re-joining the staff as another Community Outreach Coordinator is Jenny Graves, who left us in August for five months but happily came back. We also welcomed Marya McNeish, our new Development and Operations Director, who brings new energy to the goal of growing a high quality organization.

February 9, 2010 at 8:29 pm Leave a comment

Director Judy Kincaid is a Citizen of the Year

Director Judy Kincaid talks energy at a Watts Hospital-Hillandale energy fair.

Along with four other amazing folks in our community, Judy was honored with the Independent Weekly’s 2009 Citizen Award. Congrats, Judy!

January 19, 2010 at 10:56 pm Leave a comment

Durham Jaycees Support Clean Energy Durham

Iris Fisher talks to neighbors in Northeast Central Durham.

Clean Energy Durham was lucky to receive a generous donation this year from the Durham Jaycees’ annual Haunted House fundraiser. The Jaycees are an organization of young professionals who have dedicated themselves to community service in Durham since 1938. They’re deeply involved in a lot of projects throughout the year, but their biggest event is the annual haunted house. This year’s haunted house raised more than $15,000, which the Jaycees donated to twenty-three local charities.

Clean Energy Durham received the donation at the Jaycees’ holiday banquet, where Ms. Iris Fisher spoke to the audience about her experiences with Clean Energy Durham. After learning energy saving skills from Clean Energy Durham, Ms. Fisher was able to reduce her monthly electricity bill from around $200 to around $80. She is a neighborhood energy leader in Old Five Points, where she helps teach her neighbors and her children what they can do to save money on their energy bills.

A big thank you to the Jaycees, to Ms. Fisher, and to the other non-profits who received generous donations that night; it was moving to hear about all the wonderful work being done in Durham.

January 19, 2010 at 10:33 pm Leave a comment

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