Campus: Sonoma State University -- December 15, 2004

Sonoma State Professor Honored With "Energy Educator of The Year" Award

SSUís Environmental Studies and Planning professor Alexandra von Meier of Sebastopol has been named "Energy Educator of the Year" by the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers.

Meier was honored along with fellow award winners that included California State Assemblyman Mark Leno, Gerald Lahr of the Association of Bay Area Governments, James L. Davis of Brown, Vence and Associates, and Gary Gerber of Sun Light and Power Company.

Individuals are nominated for AEE awards based on their exemplary work and contributions they have made to the study of energy and energy conservation. Von Meier was selected from a group consisting of three other Bay Area educators.

Von Meier also set herself apart from her running mates through her appearances in the media as well as her
testimony in front of Congress on the realities of
sustainable energy technologies. Her work with SSUís Environmental Technology Center, Solar Sebastopol, and the Sonoma Energy Exchange also proved to be impressive. With the addition of her hobbies of rock climbing, hiking, and spending time with her family, AEE president Bruce Chamberlain said that von Meierís achievements sounded "like enough for at least two people."

The Association of Energy Engineers is an international organization with about 9,000 members worldwide. Organized into 67 regional chapters, members of the AEE are leaders in the commercial, industrial, institutional, governmental, energy services, and utility sectors.

The Bay Area chapter of the AEE serves as a forum for the discussion of local energy issues and concerns. They strive to provide professional development opportunities which build knowledge and skills through meetings, seminars and publications.

Contacts: Jean Wasp, (707) 664-2057 and Rory Moran, (925) 437-2718

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