Colorado Cleantech Industry Association Unveils Winners of First Annual Cleantech Awards, Honoring the Industry's 2010 Leadership Standouts

Oct 19, 2010, 13:00 ET from Colorado Cleantech Industry Association

DENVER, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association (CCIA) presents awards to eight recipients today at its inaugural "Colorado Cleantech Awards Celebration," honoring leadership in advancing cleantech.  The announcement is made by Christine Shapard, CCIA executive director who says, "Winners were selected by our Awards Committee from twenty finalists that emerged from a statewide call for nominations. The event, showcasing those companies and individuals who have made a significant impact on Colorado's cleantech industry during the past year, is being held at the Denver Marriott City Center."

Winners Include:

  • Political Advocate of the Year: Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr.
    Governor Ritter has built a New Energy Economy in Colorado, creating thousands of jobs, diversifying the state's energy portfolio, and making Colorado an internationally recognized leader in the manufacturing, production and research of energy efficiency and renewable energy.
  • High Impact Cleantech Company of the Year: Abound Solar (Loveland, CO) - Visit:
  • Runner-Up High Impact Cleantech Company of the Year: Tendril (Boulder, CO) - Visit:
  • Breakout Cleantech Company of the Year: Ice Energy (Windsor, CO) - Visit:
  • Emerging Cleantech Company of the Year: VanDyne SuperTurbo (Fort Collins, CO) - Visit:
  • Colorado Cleantech Entrepreneur of the Year: Raymond R. Johnson (Littleton, CO) - Visit:
  • National Cleantech Leader: Rocky Mountain Institute (Snowmass, CO) - Visit:
  • Governor's Award for Excellence in Cleantech Leadership: Ron Bernal, NEA (Boulder, CO) - Visit:

"We want to extend our congratulations to this year's winners and finalists, plus extend sincere appreciation from the Colorado Cleantech Industry to these outstanding companies and individuals who have truly made a difference as they've forged their paths in the cleantech sector," Shapard says.

About the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association

The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association represents the interests of the state's cleantech industry. Its mission is to further establish Colorado as a world leader in clean technology.   For more information,  visit

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