The Green Energy Ohio Annual Awards Ceremony and 20th Anniversary Celebration, initially scheduled to take place in April at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, was first postponed and eventually moved to a recorded format. Although it was not how we had originally envisioned it, gathering virtually gave the GEO community all around the state a chance to celebrate with us.
With our great videographer, we traveled to Cincinnati, Athens, Columbus, Hudson, and Kent to film Board members, award winners, friends, and supporters. The production was then broadcast live to attendees the evening of October 23, and available to ticket holders for a month afterward. To maintain the original theme, our eighteen table sponsors each chose a Cincinnati Zoo resident as their mascot for the evening. Naturally, our Presenting Sponsor, the American Electric Power Foundation, got Fiona!
GEO has presented awards annually in various categories for most of its 20-year history. For the past three years, we have presented Green Achievement Awards to businesses, nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, and communities or government entities. This year we added two Lifetime Achievement Awards for Service to the State of Ohio and to the Southwest Ohio region.
We were extremely fortunate to have Congressman Ro Khanna of California deliver the keynote remarks on federal energy and climate initiatives and what we can do to make a difference at the national level.
Congressman Ro Khanna represents an area of California currently experiencing wildfires fueled by the effects of climate change. As a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal, he will share his perspective on federal energy and climate initiatives and how we can support leading Congressional voices on these critical policy issues.