BALTIMORE, MARYLAND (March 22, 2019)—Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Chief Sustainability Officer Nancy Sutley received the honor of being named this year’s sole recipient of the Climate Leadership Award for Individual Leadership. Sutley accepted the award at the eighth annual Climate Leadership Awards on March 21, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland.
At the awards ceremony, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and The Climate Registry (TCR), in partnership with headline sponsor Bloomberg Philanthropies, bestowed a total of 19 awards to 11 organizations and three partnerships. The lone individual award went to Sutley.
“Nancy Sutley’s extensive knowledge and her commitment to the environment and sustainability have been essential to moving Los Angeles toward a cleaner energy future through conservation and other aggressive energy and water saving strategies,” said David H. Wright, LADWP General Manager. “Through her valuable contributions, LADWP will continue to raise the bar when it comes to delivering clean, reliable and cost-effective energy and water to our customers.”
The annual Climate Leadership Awards take place during the Climate Leadership Conference, which brings together forward-thinking leaders from business, government, academia, and the non-profit community to address climate change through policy, innovation, and business solutions.
Awardees, who represent a wide array of sectors including manufacturing, local government and technology, are honored for exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in reducing carbon pollution and addressing climate change in their operations and strategies.
As LADWP’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Sutley oversees LADWP’s regulatory compliance with greenhouse gas emissions. By end of 2016, LADWP had reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 42% from 1990 levels, exceeding California’s 2030 goal.
Along with LADWP’s Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Sutley led and supported LADWP’s participation in the Department of Energy’s Better Plants Challenge, which led to the Los Angeles Aqueduct Filtration Plant being highlighted for integrating energy efficiency into capital improvement programs for the plant. The capital improvement projects resulted in 15% energy savings and an annual cost savings of $115,000. These retrofits generated annual energy savings of approximately 55,000 kWh and annual cost savings of approximately $10,000 with a payback period of less than three years.
Ms. Sutley’s Office of Sustainability conducts sustainability workshops to engage facility managers, engineers, and other employees on conservation efforts. Since 2016, the Office of Sustainability has held over 15 sustainability workshops to highlight the message of “walking our conservation talk” and “leading by example”.
Ms. Sutley was also instrumental in helping to craft the portion of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Sustainable City pLAn that address LADWP’s goals for energy efficiency, water conservation, greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, renewable energy and solar, electrification of vehicles, and others.
“The Climate Registry applauds LADWP’s Nancy Sutley for her outstanding dedication to climate action,” said Ann McCabe, interim executive director of TCR. “Ms. Sutley is part of an incredibly important group of leaders who are accelerating the shift to a more sustainable future. We hope that their ability to bring about change will inspire and empower others to act.”
“The clean energy economy is coming, and these winners are taking bold action to be leaders in that new economy,” said Bob Perciasepe, C2ES President.
More information about the Climate Leadership Award winners is available at https://www.climateleadershipconference.org/awards/.