The “Nobel Prize” in Sustainable Development goes to …

I’m sitting on a train, on my way home from moderating the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development, one of the world’s top prizes in the field (I call it Sweden’s Sustainability Nobel Prize), awarded this year to Jeremy Leggett, Peter Hennicke, and Beate Weber-Schuerholz, three pioneers who were ahead of their time in starting the sustainable energy transformation … and whose own leadership in making that transformatino happen has been sustained over decades. My interview with them starts at 1:04 or 1:05 on this YouTube video (which is 3-1/2 hours long, the whole ceremony!). You can read about them here:

Gothenburg Award Winners 2015

L to R, Jeremy Leggett, Peter Hennicke, Beate Weber-Schuerholz

All three are extremely warm human beings, who display remarkable humility despite their huge accomplishments. It was a pleasure, and honor, to interview them on stage, together with a Swedish panel of energy leaders, and to work with the many wonderful people who make the Gothenburg Award happen every year. Our stage crew was fantastic, the musicians superb, my co-moderator (the master of ceremonies) Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson a consummate professional. And Lena Hildingsson of Göteborg & Co. deserves enormous credit for managing the whole process, quite invisibly (which is an indicator that she did it very well).

My deep gratitude to all for this wonderful assignment (and also to Akademiska Hus, who invited me to moderate a morning seminar with Peter Hennicke on buildings and energy efficiency, which proved to be surprisingly lively and fascinating). Altogether a wonderful experience. And congratulations, Gothenburg, for once again showing global leadership on sustainable development, with your commitment to this award!

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