WASHINGTON - The Energy Efficiency Forum is now accepting nominations for its 2011 Energy Leadership Awards. Established in 1991, the Energy Leadership Awards recognize individuals who have provided exemplary leadership in instituting and advancing energy efficiency in the United States and abroad. The awards will be presented during the 22nd Annual Energy Efficiency Forum, taking place June 15-16 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The deadline for nominations is May 13.

Previous honorees include Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jeff Bingaman, and Dianne Feinstein; Energy Secretaries Federico Pena and Hazel O’Leary; Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger; Govs. John Hoeven, Christine Todd Whitman, Bill Owen, and Edward Rendell; and Mayors Martin O’Malley and Greg Nickel.

Six different awards are presented: the Public Service Award, Mayor’s Award, Congressional Award, Governor’s Award, International Award, and Douglas Decker Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nominations for the Energy Leadership Awards can be submitted by peers, though individuals can also self-nominate. Honorees will be chosen by members of the Forum Executive Council. Recipients will be notified prior to the forum, as recipient attendance at the forum is required.

The 22nd Annual Energy Efficiency Forum is co-sponsored by Johnson Controls and the U.S. Energy Association (USEA). This year’s forum, Energy Efficiency - The Smart Path to Energy Security and Economic Growth, will examine how advanced efficiency technologies, smart energy policies, and consumer education can be integrated today to enhance energy security, improve global competitiveness, and accelerate economic growth.

For more information and for nomination forms, go to at www.eeforum.net/energy_awards.html.

Publication date:04/18/2011