Nearly 5,000 people attended this year’s ASES National
Solar Energy Conference,
SOLAR 2008. Read SOLAR
TODAY’s coverage of the event
on page 50.
125,000 Tour Attendees
ASES expects its 2008 National Solar Tour
to break last year’s attendance record,
115,000. The event will be held Oct. 4 in
communities nationwide. For details about
how to participate in the tour, see national
CSP Division Launched
ASES has established a concentrating solar
power division. Learn more at ases.org/
Corps volunteer in Namibia, Africa, where
he taught math and science and helped
install PV systems and solar ovens.
Women in Solar Energy Award
HONORS: A woman who has contributed
to the acceptance and advancement of
women in the solar field by advocacy, education, technical efforts, contracting or implementing social change.
RECIPIENT: Alison Kwok
Alison Kwok is a professor at the University of Oregon, where she has encouraged
students to embrace the technical and social
aspects of sustainable design. From
2000–2005 she was awarded a $500,000 FIPSE
(Fund for the Improvement of Post-Second-ary Education) grant for the Agents of Change
Project, an extension of the Vital Signs Curriculum Materials Project at the University of
California-Berkeley. Both of these projects
have influenced hundreds of architecture professors and students. Kwok recently coauthored Green Studio Handbook and
Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings.
Government Leadership Award
HONORS: A local, state or federal govern-
ment official who has advanced energy efficiency and/or renewable energy in the United States through program development, legislation or education.
RECIPIENT: Richard King
Richard King is the director of the U.S.
Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. He
conceived, promotes and manages the program, in which 20 university student teams
compete to design, build and operate the
most attractive, effective and energy-efficient
solar-powered house. His efforts have helped
raise the energy IQ of hundreds of students
and tens of thousands of Americans.