PORTLAND, Ore. – May 21, 2012 –Middlebury College student Hilary Platt has been selected as one of the nation’s top rising young leaders in the clean energy sector by national organization Focus the Nation.
Twenty students from across the country have been selected for their dedication, passion, and unique contribution to increasing clean energy in America. The young leaders—five each in the categories of Technician, Innovator, Politico, and Storyteller—will meet for one week on Oregon’s Mt. Hood at the ReCharge! Retreat to viscerally experience an area of the country where energy is accelerating towards renewables.
Participants will hike Elliot Glacier, which has experienced 60 percent snowpack loss since 1982; tour the Boardman Coal Plant, scheduled to close by 2020; experience The Dalles Dam, located on the Columbia River and producing hydropower since 1957; and visit Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, which powers 125,000 homes in Oregon.
Platt is from Washington, DC and is studying environmental studies and psychology at Middlebury. She will represent Politicos.
Focus the Nation created ReCharge! in collaboration with The Center for Whole Communities to address the need for rising leaders to approach energy challenges with innovative ideas and fortitude throughout their careers. ReCharge! is made possible through sponsorship by KEEN Footwear, Portland General Electric, LiFT Label, the Clif Bar Family Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
Focus the Nation is the country’s leading clean energy youth empowerment organization and supports rising leaders in launching careers that accelerate the transition to clean energy in all fifty states. Since 2008, the organization has helped more 300,000 young people engage in direct dialogue with business and elected leaders around energy solutions. For more information about Focus the Nation and ReCharge!, visit www www.focusthenation.org or contact Anne Bertucio at anne firstname.lastname@example.org.