SWEEP’s Ellen Zuckerman Recognized as 2020 “Champion of Energy Efficiency in Buildings” by ACEEE

August 19, 2020

Ellen Zuckerman, Arizona Representative, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project
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[BOULDER, CO] – Ellen Zuckerman, Arizona Representative at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), was recognized today as a 2020 “Champion of Energy Efficiency in Buildings” by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Ellen and four others were recognized for their work to better our air, health, and economy by improving the efficiency of buildings around the country. She received the award in the “Young Professional” category.

Ellen is being presented this award for many successful efforts to advance energy efficiency in Arizona, Connecticut, and other states. In these efforts, Ellen has succeeded in working with utilities, consumer and environmental advocacy groups, and Fortune 500 companies. ACEEE’s Board of Directors selected the winners, nominated by their peers, from a group of nominations. The judges evaluated each nominee’s impact, innovation, and leadership in the energy efficiency field.

At SWEEP, Ellen works with consumers and businesses in support of energy efficiency in Arizona, including before the public utility commission, the state legislature, and the Salt River Project utility board. She has also worked directly on efficiency programs and policies in numerous other states including Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and others.

“It is so exciting to see how much progress we have made to reduce costs, create jobs, and strengthen our economy through energy efficiency, but we are just getting started,” Ellen said. “There is so much more we can do, and there is so much more we will do to build healthier communities. Now is the perfect time to double down because our country needs proven strategies that pay for themselves and help all businesses and families.”

“We congratulate Ellen for this well-deserved honor,” said Howard Geller, Executive Director of SWEEP. “Ellen has worked tirelessly and very effectively to advance more efficient energy use in Arizona and elsewhere. Her work has already saved consumers and businesses billions of dollars and avoided millions of tons of carbon dioxide pollution. I know she will continue to build on her achievements recognized today by ACEEE,” Geller continued.

Founded in 1980, ACEEE acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors (www.aceee.org).


The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) is a public-interest organization promoting greater energy efficiency and clean transportation in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. For more information about our programs and other work, please visit swenergy.org