Solar Justice Award - Vote Solar

Honoring Solar Justice Heroes

Vote Solar is proud to honor outstanding solar justice heroes with the Dr. Espanola Jackson Solar Justice Award.

WATCH the virtual event held Wed. July 14, 2021, where we celebrated Joseph Franklin Hernandez, the 2021 Solar Justice Award Honoree.

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.

Nomination for the 2021 Dr. Espanola Jackson Solar Justice Award were reviewed by a committee of Vote Solar staff and individuals who worked closely with Dr. Espanola Jackson.

2021 Award Process Timeline:

  • April 7: Nominations Open
  • May 3: Nominations Close
  • During May: Nominees spotlighted on our platforms
  • June: Winner Announced
  • July 14: Virtual Reception

Learn more about the life and legacy of Dr. Espanola Jackson:

2021 Honoree & Nominees

Dr. Espanola Jackson Solar Justice Award: Recent Winners

Dr. Espanola Jackson with Eddie Ahn, Executive Director, Brightline Defense Project

Learn more about the life and legacy of Dr. Espanola Jackson, a champion for solar access for low and moderate income families.

Pictured: Dr. Espanola Jackson with Eddie Ahn, Executive Director, Brightline Defense Project.

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