On November 1, the third annual Innovation Awards were announced in 8 categories.  This event is put on by Stoel Rives law firm, Moss Adams accounting firm, and the Sacramento Business Journal.  Over 250 people attended. Ninety-five companies were nominated for these awards, ten of them for the Sustainability category.  Other categories covered food and agriculture, advanced manufacturing, government and civic technology, hardware and electronics, biopharma, medical technology, and software.  Three from our cleantech community made it to the finals. Efficient Drivetrains, the hydrid drive company that spun out of UC Davis, was a finalist in the Hardware and Electronics Category.  In the Sustainability category, Terzo Power and BoxPower were finalists. Terzo got the nod as the winner in this category, and CEO Mike Terzo gave a shout-out to CleanStart in his acceptance speech for the help we have given them over the years.  Thanks, Mike!

The top award Innovator of the Year went to Wide Open Walls, who has helped put Sacramento on the national map by adding Art Murals to buildings all over the city.

The process for these awards will start again in June next year, so be ready to apply!

Thomas Hall


Gary Simon is the Chair of CleanStarts Board. A seasoned energy executive and entrepreneur with 45 years of experience in business, government, and non-profits.