IDEA Awards & Scholarships

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♦ IDEA 20/20 Vision Award

Recognizes long-term commitment to IDEA and, in particular, campus energy systems.

IDEA Annual Innovation Award

Showcases examples of technology, engineering and operational innovation within the district energy industry.

♦ IDEA District Energy Space

District Energy Space is IDEA's annual compilation of the number of buildings and their area in square feet that have been committed or recommitted to district energy service by IDEA member systems during the previous calendar year. This award recognizes district energy systems with largest annual growth.

♦ IDEA John Gray Scholarship

Scholarship offered annually to all IDEA member employees and their children to individuals pursuing an enhancement of knowledge of district energy either through the educational opportunities at IDEA meetings or through educational programs at four-year universities in management, engineering, finance or energy, or at two-year community colleges that offer an Associates Degree in power engineering.

 IDEA Norman R. Taylor Award

IDEA's tribute to its "Person of the Year," the top honor IDEA can confer on an individual, recognizing that person's lifetime achievements and contributions to the district heating and cooling industry. The award's namesake, Norman R. Taylor, was IDEA's president from 1977 to 1978, a turbulent time for the energy industry.

♦ IDEA Public Sector Leadership Award

IDEA's Public Sector Leadership Award is given annually to the public entity or individual deemed by the association to have demonstrated public leadership in the energy field.

♦ IDEA Sustainable Energy Leadership Award

Recognizes elected and appointed political leaders who have demonstrated outstanding service to furthering the growth of sustainable energy solutions.

♦ IDEA System of the Year Award

The highest honor IDEA can confer on a district energy system. It recognizes an exemplary district energy system providing high-level performance and service that further the goals of the district energy industry.

♦ IDEA Unsung Hero Award

Recognizes an IDEA member who has performed above and beyond the call of duty on behalf of the industry and the association, without requiring or seeking recognition for his or her efforts.

♦ International District Energy Climate Award

Recognizes the achievements of cities and communities across the globe who demonstrate local leadership by providing clean, sustainable energy solutions

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