Rising Star Award

Each year, WoWE recognizes one woman who is relatively new to the wind energy industry but has already made a significant professional contribution. Reserved for women of all ages who are in the earlier years of their wind careers, the Rising Star Award recognizes unusual professional promise; demonstrated qualities of dedication, innovation, and creativity; and high competence. Through this award, first launched in 2008, WoWE seeks to build awareness of the powerful impact women are making in the wind energy industry at all career levels.

2009 Rising Star Award

Sarah Wright

Sarah Wright, Founder of Utah Clean Energy (UTC), won the award this year for her accomplishments in promoting wind, renewable energy and efficiency within the state of Utah. In addition to serving as UTC’s executive director, Ms. Wright serves on Governor Huntsman’s Energy Advisory Council and the Blue Ribbon Advisory Council on Climate Change. Sarah holds a B.A. in Geology from Bradley University, and an M.S. in Public Health from the University of Utah.

2008 Rising Star Award

Elizabeth (Liz) Salerno, a policy analyst for the American Wind Energy Association in Washington D.C., was the inaugural recipient of the Rising Star Award. Liz provides research and analytical support for AWEA’s legislative and regulatory policy agendas, including evaluation and advocacy for policies that promote wind energy and new development.

Liz Salerno (L) and Karen Conover, WoWE Steering Committee member
Photo: Bruce Bennett