Selection Committee Guidelines
The selection committee is a collective of external energy justice leaders. The committee is made up of a minimum of 2-3 community leaders that closely knew Dr. Espanola Jackson and 1-2 former EJA winners. Selection committee members are chosen and approved by the previous year’s selection committee in partnership with Vote Solar’s Access + Equity team.
Roles + Responsibilities
The primary role of the Energy Justice Award selection committee is to:
- Publicize the award with their network
- Review nominations
- Select top three nominees
Two consecutive terms, with a max of three terms in total. Members must wait two years between their second and third term.
Conflict of Interest
Committee members are not allowed to be nominees or make nominations for the Energy Justice Award during and for at least one year after the completion of their term of service. Members may not write supporting letters for nominees during their terms of service.
The following connections between selection committee members and nominees are conflicts of interest:
- Working at the same organization within the past two years
- Financial support via direct chain of command and/or participation in tenure, promotion, salary by committee member or nominee
- Relationship due to immediate blood relation, current or prior marriage or civil union,
Committee members should review the list of nominees and disclose to the entire committee any conflicts of interest as described above. The committee should unanimously agree on a response based on the level of the conflict. Below are levels of response that can be enacted:
- Level 1: Disclosure to the committee any conflict of interest(s). Nothing changes about the process.
- Level 2: Recusal from scoring and discussion of the person with whom a committee member has a conflict.
- Level 3: Removal of the committee member and new committee member will need to be identified.
Selection committee members agree to not disclose personal information (address, financial standing, demographics, etc..) of nominees. Additionally, members should refrain from disclosing the nominee list to external parties without prior approval from the EJA selection committee and the A+E team.
The decisions of the EJA selection committee are confidential. The contents of nominations are also confidential and should not be shared, except for appropriate publicity of the top 10, top 3 and final award winner, as announced by the Awards Administrator (Partnerships Team, A+E Program at Vote Solar). The names of selected nominees and awardee are to remain confidential until the committee has endorsed the selections and have received notice of selection. Should a nominator seek feedback on the status of their nominee, such communications should be directed to the Partnerships Team, A+E Program.
Committee Process Transparency
Vote Solar and the Energy Justice Award selection committee is committed to process transparency. All selection committee members, selection committee guidelines and selection process will be shared on the Vote Solar’s website.
EJA selection committee members will receive a stipend of $300.00, per EJA cycle. This stipend can be paid to the individual committee member directly or to a non-profit organization of their choice.