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White House Names Alumna 'Champion of Change' for Renewable Energy

Jan Blittersdorf '84, president and CEO of NRG Systems, a Vermont-based manufacturer of wind energy assessment equipment, was recognized as a "Champion of Change" for renewable energy at the White House April 19.

The award recognizes "ordinary Americans…doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world."

Blittersdorf, who was nominated to receive the award by Kristen Graf, executive director of the Women of Wind Energy, became CEO of NRG Systems in 2004 after serving as vice president and CFO. In 2010, she became sole owner of NRG Systems, one of only a few independent, women-owned companies in the wind energy industry.

Read more on the White House blog.