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Natural Awakenings Milwaukee

December 2013 Kudos

Clay Sterling, the regional training officer and instructor for the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), won the Best of 2013 award for Clean Energy Trainer of the Year given by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). IREC awards those that have done outstanding work in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency at its annual IREC 3iAwards. This is the first year for the Clean Energy Trainer of the Year category.

For more than 10 years, Sterling has been a photovoltaics and wind course instructor for the MREA. He was instrumental in developing the MREA training program, which has expanded to dozens of courses across the Midwest, as well as the MREA online courses. His curriculum, Solar Operation and Maintenance, is used by the city of Milwaukee’s facility staff and engineers.

For more information, call MREA at 715-592-6595 or visit

Select Milwaukee

Select Milwaukee, an organization committed to helping people to achieve and maintain home ownership, has been recognized as a NeighborWorks Green Organization for its strong commitment to sustainable practices. To achieve the designation, Select Milwaukee was required to demonstrate adherence to a set of green business practices in all program areas throughout its operations.

Select Milwaukee provides home purchasing and financial wellness education and counseling for homebuyers and homeowners in Milwaukee. It has been committed to green practices since 2011. The organization recently moved into a building that incorporated the use of eco-friendly and locally sourced materials and achieved certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

For more information, call Select Milwaukee at 414-299-3620 or visit