It's through the achievements of our Duke Energy Renewables customers that the transition to renewable energy future is made possible. These individuals have led profound sustainability projects and inspire a new generation of leaders to emerge and dare to act.
"Sustainability is always pushing the envelope on people's discomfort. Change is hard."
– Rebecca Navarro, Palo Alto Unified School District
For Rebecca Navarro, Sustainability Program Manager for one of the US’ top K-12 school districts — Palo Alto Unified — the sustainability journey and the change it requires should not be joyless. Just the opposite. It all hinges on building authentic, lasting relationships. Find out more about Rebecca’s sustainable energy leadership story.
"If you do something big, real and impactful, people will notice and want to do the same thing."
– Meghan Chapple, The George Washington University (GW)
Inspiring tens of thousands of university students — and other universities around the country — to shift to emissions-free, renewable energy and more sustainable living is what drives Meghan Chapple, Director of the Office of Sustainability at GW. For Meghan, motivating the next generation is the key.
"We need to become this bridge and develop a new future."
– Michael K. Naho`opi`i, Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission
Restoring a Hawaiian island is something Mike Naho`opi`i, Executive Director for the Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC), says he has trained for all of his life. Mike shares his history and efforts to blend culture and technology to solve major problems and teach future generations.
"Tapping into a sense of confidence, resiliency, and solutions-oriented approach is critical to getting this work done."
– Jana Ganion, Blue Lake Rancheria
From helping ancient giant redwood trees survive to supporting food sovereignty and self-sufficiency, Jana Ganion, Sustainability & Government Affairs Director for Blue Lake Rancheria is on a mission to tackle what she deems "the issue of our time:" climate change.
"Our responsibility is being as creative and innovative as we can be ..."
– Craig D'Arcy, The Home Depot
A desire to cut energy spend and find straightforward answers to complex problems led Craig D'Arcy to his role as director of energy management for The Home Depot. Craig's work and story require more than black and white, right and wrong thinking to create "savings for a purpose."
"A seat at the table. If you've always had a seat, you take it for granted."
– Megan Jacobsen, Gills Onions
From growing up and working on family farms to her current role as Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Gills Onions, Megan Jacobsen has always wanted to work in agriculture. The difference today is how integral sustainability is to everything she does.
"It's the day-in and day-out work."
–Amy Bond, Sprint, now part of T-Mobile
Over her career, Amy Bond, Energy and Sustainability Program Manager for Sprint (now part of T-Mobile) has learned the value of hard work as it means meeting big goals and making change happen. Bond says that the results are achieved through meetings, clear communications and nurtured relationships.
"I come to work every day and have a purpose."
– Adam Shalapin, Ball Corporation
As the Global Sustainability Manager, Adam Shalapin helps Ball Corporation to achieve aggressive renewable energy goals. His sense of purpose and connectedness drives him to create a renewable energy future in the hopes of preserving the planet for his daughter and the generations to come.