Vote Solar is proud to honor outstanding solar justice heroes with the Dr. Espanola Jackson Solar Justice Award.
The award celebrates the legacy of a tireless community and environmental justice leader, Dr. Espanola Jackson, by recognizing individuals who are:
- Long-time leaders in their communities (may be located anywhere in the U.S.)
- Dedicated to improving health and well-being in their community through solar power
- Strong coalition builders– able to mobilize support both within and around their community
- Working at the intersection of racial justice & clean energy access
- Working both to stop the extractive polluting energy economy and bring health, jobs, and savings to their community via clean energy opportunities
- Influencing the state or local energy policy agenda through direct grassroots advocacy
These award recipients serve as a model of environmental justice leadership and inspire us all to work toward a just clean energy transition. In giving this award, Vote Solar aims to honor the critically important role of community-based activism by people of color in driving environmental progress and to increase visibility for the remarkable work of individual leaders.
Normally presented at our annual Equinox event in San Francisco, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year we will celebrate with a virtual event in the summer. In addition to being recognized during a virtual event, Vote Solar will gift $5,000 to the awardee’s organization.
We are seeking nominations for award consideration. Please refer to the description in crafting your nomination. All nominations will be reviewed by a committee of Vote Solar staff and individuals who worked closely with Dr. Espanola Jackson.
Award Process Timeline:
- April 7: Nominations Open
- May 3: Nominations Close
- During May: Nominees spotlighted on our platforms
- June 9: Winner Announced
- July 14: Virtual Reception
Learn more about the life and legacy of Dr. Espanola Jackson:
- The San Francisco community remembers Dr. Jackson
- Celebrating the charismatic life of Dr. Jackson
- Watch: How Dr. Jackson became a solar ambassador for low-income families, working with GRID Alternatives to go solar at home in 2009.