2015 International Award Winners

The Association of Energy Engineers is proud to recognize its 2015 award winners. AEE Awards are presented at the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) 
to energy professionals who have achieved international, national, regional, or local prominence in their fields. Candidates for awards may be nominated by themselves,
another individual who is an AEE member in good standing, an AEE chapter, or by an officer of the Association of Energy Engineers.

The Association of Energy Engineers will present the following International Awards at the WEEC International Awards Banquet on September 30, 2015.

Energy Engineer of the Year - Jim McClanahan
James McClanahan has served as Energy Manager for the Scott County School District for the past 4 1/2 years. All schools have earned the Energy Star Award with a Portfolio Manager rating improvement for the entire district from 71 to 89 and all of the schools are now over 75. The school district's site EUI has improved from 53.3 kbtu/sq.ft. (June 2010) to 42.7 kbtu/sq.ft. (June 2014) to 40.2 kbtu/sq.ft. (December 2014). The school district in Kentucky is ranked of #5 out of 173 and has saved over $2 million dollars while spending less than $0.5 million dollars on energy improvement projects. James has influenced 9,000 students and 1,100 staff members in the district to change their behavior and work together to save energy. He has used utility company rebates and in-house labor to do much of the work in order to do more projects using less capital money. Most of the projects have centered round improving HVAC control systems and lighting upgrades to eliminate all T-12 lighting and many of the metal halide lights. Recently all lighting upgrades have been conversions to LED lighting. Prior to his work at the Scott County School District, in July of 2013 James agreed to work with the Woodford County School District to help them improve their energy efficiency as well. The Woodford County School district has saved over $0.4 million dollars while spending less than $50,000 for projects.

Corporate Energy Management - Cisco
Cisco has already achieved two GHG emission reduction goals.  At the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in September 2006, Cisco committed to reduce GHG emissions from all business air travel worldwide by 10% absolute by 2009 against a 2006 baseline. This CGI goal was met in 2009. In June 2008, Cisco made the commitment as an EPA Climate Leaders Partner to reduce all Scope 1, 2, and business-air-travel Scope 3 GHG emissions worldwide by 25 percent absolute by end of 2012 against a 2007 baseline. This goal was met in 2012. In February 2013, Cisco announced a set of five new goals related to its operational energy use and GHG emissions. To achieve these goals, Cisco approved $57.5M in funding, formalized a program called “EnergyOps” and empowered a global team made up of energy and sustainability professionals to identify and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout our real estate portfolio between 2014 and 2017. This multi-year program will not only help us achieve our new goals but also reduce operational costs and reinforce our commitment to being environmentally responsible. Since the EnergyOps program started in 2014, it has completed or initiated 210 energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, reducing Cisco’s energy annual use by 58 GWh and GHG emissions cumulatively by 959,000 metric tonne of CO2e. At the time of this writing, Cisco was in the middle of its 2nd year of funding for this 4 year program and was in the process of evaluating a funnel of 303 projects, having already completed or approved $26.7 million in funding for 210 projects.

Institutional Energy Management of the Year - New York City Department of Education, Division of School Facilities
The NYC Department of Education’s Division of School Facilities (DSF), under the guidance of John Shea and Volkert Braren initiated and have led one of the largest energy conservation training programs ever implemented. Shifting organizational focus to energy reductions while enhancing indoor environmental quality was a culture change on a massive scale. The program goes beyond the predictable capital improvements process to embrace organizational change in ways that set a model for public agencies and school systems globally. ??Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s PlaNYC2030 identified priority targets for reduction, including a commitment to allocate 10% of the city’s annual energy spend to efficiency projects in municipal buildings, providing a $90 million annual fund for capital and operational improvements. What began as training for management in 2009, through national Building Operator Certification (BOC) and AEE CEM offerings at DCAS’ NYC Training Center, soon morphed into the largest energy efficiency training initiative to date in the US, perhaps in the world. The program produced impressive statistics and strong, practical learning results: ??· 96% of trainees successfully earning the national Building Operator Certification, ?· 93% of trainees tested earning the IAQ certification of the International Union of Operating Engineers, and ?· 91% of trainees tested earned IAQ certificates from the US-EPA??We applaud the DSF’s management team’s powerful recognition that energy savings isn’t just about hardware but is about the knowledge, skill, and mission of the men and women who manage it. 

Energy Professional Development - Samer Adnan Zawaydeh
Samer is an AEE Life Member that has been the leader of AEE efforts in the Middle East, bringing the CEM and CRM programs to Jordan. Currently, he is assigned as the AEE director, helping AEE programs propagate throughout the region. During the past 5 years, he has provided energy education to his countrymen and women free of cost as well as managed social media and communications to create events/seminars/field trips and student activities related to energy. He has been giving awareness and training courses in energy efficiency and renewable energy since 2012.  These courses include thermal insulation in building, energy economics, lighting, renewable energy solar and wind. Over 5500 people have been trained (so far), from various facility types: engineering, offices, public and private companies, universities, schools and NGOs. He has developed several training modules for energy savings in residential sector in order to provide low cost solutions to engineers and owners to save energy money. Samer is also providing support to the AEE Energy Chapter members by answering their questions, and assisting them in renewing their memberships and certification.  He has supported/ organized the AEE training for around 370 people in Jordan in the past 4 years.  He is currently the Assistant Director for 6 different Countries around the world.  He is a certified trainer in Carbon Reduction Manager (CEM) Course.  He also started the Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership Branch in Jordan and is currently mentoring 5 Student AEE Chapters at different stages of progress in Jordan.

Energy Manager of the Year - Andrew Cooper
“Energy Management is self-sustaining, something that is done by all employees on a day to day basis as part of what we do at New Gold.”This is Andrew Cooper’s vision for energy management at the mine, something they took a step closer to achieving when, in March 2014, New Afton became the first mine in North America to be ISO 50001 certified. A Professional Engineer, a Certified Energy Manager and one of BC Hydro’s Industrial Energy Managers, Andrew sees huge value in making energy management sustainable at an organization. Using data from the energy management information system, Andrew has established baseline energy performance models for the site, for cost account centres and for Significant Energy Uses (SEU’s), with the information displayed in the RtEMIS.  In addition, for each SEU, he has established over consumption event alarms with specific operator selected reason codes to facilitate the continual improvement of energy performance.  Actual avoided energy in 2014 was in excess of 17.8 GWh, equivalent to 7.3% of the total 2013 energy consumption.  In May 2014, New Afton won the Natural Resources of Canada “Energy Performance Management” CIPEC Leadership Award for “outstanding commitment to responsible energy use and improving industrial energy efficiency”. A believer in giving back, Andrew is a speaker at local and international conferences, is a member of the Canadian Technical Committee for the implementation of ISO 50001 in Canada, a member of the Canadian Mining Innovation Council and regularly assists NR Canada with advising industry members on the implementation of energy management systems.

Energy Project of the Year: National - California Institute of Technology - Energy Conservation Investment Programs
Caltech’s green revolving loan fund, the Caltech Energy Conservation Investment Program (CECIP), combines finance, engineering and operations to implement energy conservation measures without negatively impacting research. These projects must have an ROI greater than 15 percent, exhibit verifiable savings, and not be part of a planned capital project. In almost five years, Caltech has invested $15 million and acquired $3 million in utility rebates for CECIP, which has translated into an unprecedented $5 million of avoided utility costs, while simultaneously reducing the environmental footprint. Without CECIP, Caltech would consume about 18 more GW of electricity every year. Caltech Facilities Management is tasked with the challenge of facilitating the development of the newest technology and entrepreneurial spirit at Caltech, while minimizing energy consumption, maximizing return on investment, and spearheading organizational efficiency. Consequently, CECIP was created to resolve the unique situation of implementing much-needed energy efficiency projects in the resource-constrained environment of higher education and non-profits. ?CECIP projects have been designed to reduce building drift by playing a significant role in improving operations.  For example, projects can include retrocommissioning (RCx) which optimizes building systems by proactively maintaining the operating condition of a building. This enables Caltech’s operators and engineers to get to the forefront of problems as opposed to chasing them. ?However, what makes Caltech’s CECIP program most unique is its comprehensive approach to energy efficiency, as CECIP aims to have four types of impact: financial, environmental, operational, and social. ?Given that 50 to 60 percent of energy efficiency is the responsibility of the end-user, Caltech has used CECIP as an avenue to educate the Caltech population about environmental best practices.

Energy Project of the Year: International - Montreal Space for Life - Biodome Espace pour la vie Montreal - Biodome
Formerly a velodrome converted in 1993 into a 377,000 sqft Natural Museum hosting five different ecosystems, the Montreal Biodome was using a lot of energy, despite its mandate to protect the environment. A fully integrated energy efficiency performance project has allowed for complete shutdown of the valves from the Olympic Park, which was the Biodome’s energy provider, with steam and chilled water. Heat recovery chillers, taking advantage of the internal cooling and heating loads, coupled with one of Canada's largest open loop geothermal systems, are now providing heating and cooling needs. The energy reduction is 55%, exceeding expectations by 19%. Located in the Montreal museum district, Space for Life brings together four natural science museums: the Biodôme, the Insectarium, the Botanical Garden, and the Planetarium. Housing over 4,800 animals of 230 species and nearly 750 plant species in five different ecosystems, the Biodôme has a multitude of operational challenges. ??The Biodome now takes advantage of Quebec’s inexpensive hydro-electricity rates with heat pumps recovering the internal loads of the building. It even boasts one of Canada’s largest open loop geothermal systems with water drawn from the underground water table some 80 feet below the building at a rate of 720,000 US gallons/day. ??Each ecosystem has its own lighting requirements which must complement the natural lighting from the glass roof.  The mix of metal halide and high pressure sodium lamps now better simulates the shades of light throughout the day. The electric demand for lighting was brought down from 1,070 kW to 489 kW. The project was designed and implemented with Ecosystem, an energy performance company which is guaranteeing 100% of the expected annual savings for the entire payback period. Since the project has greatly exceeded its savings targets, the payback period will end in 2016, earlier than initially anticipated. 

Innovative Energy Project of the Year - Georgia Railway Elaboration & Installation of System Improvement for Electric Trains
A project for the elaboration and installation of the electric-impulsive system for the electrical control of the electric-trains in the Georgia railway industry is very special among other energy efficient projects carried out in the country lately. This project is special for having a capacity of saving electricity (4 120 900 kWh per year for each passenger train), for the usage scale (in the nearest period it will be spread at 80%), for the environmental efficiency (reduction of emissions in 1651 tons CO2/yr) and for the increased reliability of the railway traffic. ?Project success was a result of an innovation approach of the team of engineers to the problem that involved changing of the power-consuming method of the electricity train control with a modern electronic-impulse method. For this reason modern technologies and devices were used in the project, which have successfully passed several years exploitation test. After the implementation of the project, the cost of which for a train comprised 167000 USD, a monitoring was carried out as a result of which it was defined that when using a new method annual energy consumption was 7424500 kWh, which is equivalent to the following annual savings (in comparing with the old method): in electricity 4120900 kWh; in amounts – 181320 USD. From the point of view of emissions such saving comprises 1651 tons CO2/yr.

Energy Innovator of the Year - Donal Og Cusack
Donal Og Cusack and Dan Cassidy are both Johnson & Johnson employees.  Dan is the Manager of Energy & Conservation for numerous J&J sites.  Donal Og is a Staff Engineer who championed the Wind Turbine project for many years, collaborating with other corporations and government/regulatory agencies in Ireland to make this large scale Wind Turbine project a reality for J&J. The project scope involved the planning, construction and commissioning of two (2) 3-MW wind turbines (6 MW total) on the sites of 2 different Johnson & Johnson properties, (Janssen Biologics and DePuy Synthes) in Cork, Ireland.  The project originated as part of a larger project proposed by the Cork Lower Harbour Energy Group (CLHEG), of which Janssen Biologics and Depuy Synthes are key members. In March/April 2014, the electrical load for each site was transferred to the newly operational wind turbines, which were under construction since September 2013. Not only are the sites now powered by wind, but any excess electricity is sold and exported to the national power grid. This sustainable energy project allows for the generation of renewable electrical energy, reduced electrical energy costs by as much as 30% and CO2 emissions and improved competitiveness well into the future.

Young Energy Professional of the Year - Daniel Tait
Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy, he leads the effort to transition Huntsville/Madison County Alabama to “net zero energy”. He helped over 1500 homeowners save at least 20% energy or more in the last 3 years, creating over $8.5 million dollars in economic impact through efficiency upgrades. He has supported Energy Huntsville Initiative (EHI) since its inception and serves as Historian for the Huntsville AEE Chapter. Daniel Tait first entered the energy field in early 2011 while working for the Department of Defense. He served as his agency's liaison to EHI, a North Alabama initiative to diversify the local economy into energy programs and projects. Mr. Tait is a Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified Building Analyst and an Energy Manager in Training (EMIT). He took and passed the certified energy manager examination through the Huntsville AEE chapter sponsored training. ??In October 2011 he became Program Manager at Nexus Energy Center, a Huntsville-based non-profit organization helping to transform the local economy around clean energy through community programming. With funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the State Energy Program, Mr. Tait has helped save over $1.5 M in energy costs and over 12 million kilowatt hours for the local community through his support to the AlabamaWISE Program. At Nexus Energy Center, he has worked closely with the Department of Energy, the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, and State of Alabama's Energy Division to create sustainable programs that can benefit all Alabamians for years to come.

Young Energy Professional of the Year - Kate Zettl
As PNC's energy analyst, Kate is spearheading energy innovation throughout the organization. Kate is responsible for ensuring the efficient, continuous and uninterrupted supply of water and energy to all PNC facilities (more than 3,000 buildings across the country). In this role, she works with various internal partners to develop and implement energy efficiency projects and policies, conduct energy audits and to develop a corporate-wide water efficiency strategy. ??Kate was instrumental in PNC's participation in Carnegie Mellon University’s groundbreaking Plugwise (plug load management) study, which concluded in late 2014. The Plugwise study was conducted over a period of six months, during which time Carnegie Mellon monitored the energy consumption of 80 PNC employees (with their consent) at Two PNC Plaza. By providing employees with a dashboard that allowed them to view their energy consumption and by creating focus groups, each of which had a different level of awareness of and control over their energy consumption, Carnegie Mellon found that those who had access to their energy consumption and the ability to control and automate when specific devices turn on and off reduced their energy use by 38 percent, more than any other group. PNC is the first company in the country to deploy energy monitoring and adjustment technology at the occupant level (others only have measured building consumption). PNC expects the eventual enterprise-wide rollout of plug load management technology to drive long-term employee behavioral changes that further reduce energy consumption and costs.

Distinguished Service - Randy Haines
Mr. Haines has thirty eight (38) years’ experience in project, maintenance and facilities management.  The first seventeen (17) years of experience were in the metal working industry before moving to Thomas Jefferson University, an urban teaching hospital in center city Philadelphia.  In 1997, Randy was promoted to a newly created position of Energy Manager for the Jefferson Health System, an alliance of hospitals and research buildings in the Philadelphia region covering more than 10 million square feet and 32,000 employees. In January 2001, Jefferson awarded a $10 million contract to Alliant Energy – Cogenex, now Constellation Energy (ESCO) to install energy efficient lighting, variable frequency drives, additions to their building automation system, installation of venturi nozzle steam traps and the installation of an advanced metering system throughout the health system, which Randy was the primary overseer. In October of 2005, Jefferson entered into an agreement with their local utility to build a 7000 Ton chilled water plant which was completed in April of 2007, saving more than $1 million per year. All of these projects together added $38.3 million worth of energy efficient equipment to the campus with no capital outlay. This work and the negotiation of energy contracts as well as all other initiatives have saved Jefferson more than $123 million and 18,400 tons of carbon in the last 17 years. Using the metering system installed in the Jefferson Health System, Randy is actively managing the purchasing and selling of electric power as well as the use of all utilities on the campus. Since 2005, he has participated in the daily PJM Economic Real Time Demand Response Program and has brought in considerable revenue for his employer. He also actively manages the Energy Team at Jefferson and working with the operations staff has consistently reduced the energy intensity every year since becoming Energy Manager. A University of Pittsburgh Industrial Engineer graduate, Randy has worked at Eaton Corporation, Mitchell Industries, Delaval Condenser Division and Thomas Jefferson University.  He is past President of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), past President of the Trenton – Princeton Chapter of the Association for Facilities Engineering and a member of ASHRAE and the Hospital Engineers. He has made numerous presentations at the AEE international and regional conferences. Randy was awarded the International Energy Manager of the Year for 2004 from the Association of Energy Engineers. In January of 2007, Randy wrote a chapter in the book, Web Based Enterprise Energy and Building Automation Systems. In November of 2009, he was inducted into the AEE Energy Managers Hall of Fame. In 2014, Randy was elected the President of the International AEE.


In addition to the above-mentioned International Awards, the WEEC will host two other award recognition ceremonies:
The AEE Regional Awards and the AEE Hall of Fame Inductee Awards.  For more on AEE's awards programs, go to