2022 Sunshine Award Honorees!

We are proud to announce honorees for the 2022 Sunshine Awards! 

GRID IE will uplift and honor these individuals and organizations at the Sunshine Awards and Clean Tech Training Center Launch Celebration taking place on Tuesday December 6th.

The honorees are:

The Sunshine Award for Collaboration goes to:

Susan Gomez, CEO Inland Empire Community Collaborative (IECC)

For creating partnerships and working collaboratively for the greater good of Inland Empire communities.

Congratulations Susan!

The Sunshine Award for Environment goes to:

Robert Vance, Housing Director Timbisha Shoshone Tribe

For advancing green practices and promoting the benefits of sustainability while creating economic wealth, mitigating environmental impacts, and acting inclusively towards all segments of society.

Congratulations Robert!

The Sunshine Award for Equity and Justice goes to:

Steven Leash, Cahuilla Public Works Department, Cahuilla Band of Mission Indians

For advancing equity, building inclusion, expanding diversity, and championing justice with innovative programs and initiatives.

Congratulations Steven!

The Sunshine Award for Workforce Development goes to:

Casey Heiser, REAL Academy Instructor, Desert Hot Springs High School

For expanding access to green, clean energy careers and leadership opportunities, and connecting people that need good jobs with industries that need good people.­

Congratulations Casey!

The Sunshine Award for Public Partner goes to:

Mayor Michael M. Vargas, City of Perris

For their strong advocacy of GRID programs and offering innovative solutions to inform underserved residents about renewable energy access and solar savings.

Congratulations Mayor Vargas and the City of Perris!

The Sunshine Award for Corporate Partner goes to:

Flor Tolley, Wells Fargo VP, Senior Social Impact & Sustainability Specialist Southern California Region  

For the strong support and advocacy for GRID IE, both within the organization and externally to the community at large, supporting GRID IE's sustainability and impact.

Congratulations Flor and Wells Fargo!

The Sunshine Award for Solar Champion goes to:

Jim Oana, business owner, Energized Electric

For the strong support and advocacy of GRID IE's mission and values. 

Congratulations Jim!

Thank you for your continued support and partnership in helping to expand the vital work we accomplish  in the Inland Empire with providing no-cost solar and job training to communities and individuals who need it most. 

Thank you to our presenting sponsor Wells Fargo for the generous support that makes this event possible!