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Energy group honors BSU’s Gardner

John Gardner, Boise State University Energy Expert

John Gardner, Boise State University Energy Expert

Boise State University professor John Gardner will be awarded the NW Energy Coalition’s Conservation Eagle Award Friday in Boise.

The group, which promotes energy conservation and renewable energy development honored Gardner for his work as director of the BSU-based Energy Efficiency Research Institute, which is part of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies.

The institute was established in 2010 with the support of many of the state’s business and government leaders, including Gov. Butch Otter and Idacorp CEO LaMont Keen. It is a public-private partnership providing energy efficiency research, development and evaluation; specialized education for energy efficiency professionals; and accelerated transfer of ideas to the marketplace.

Gardner, a mechanical engineering professor with more than 20 years of teaching experience, is a sustainability expert with a track record of managing collaborations.

“Across the entire Northwest academic community, and well beyond, everyone who cares about energy efficiency knows that John Gardner is the undisputed leader in the field,” said Ralph Cavanagh of the Natural Resources Defense Council, one of the institute’s founding sponsors.

Cavanagh said a new generation of regional energy efficiency experts and advocates are emerging who need sources of professorial inspiration.

“ They need look no further than John,” Cavanagh said. “Happily many of them already know it.”

The award will be made at the end of the NW Energy Coalition’s semi-annual conference at the Downtown Red Lion at a reception open to the public at 5 p.m. Its board meets Saturday.

Rocky Barker is the energy and environment reporter for the Idaho Statesman and has been writing about the West since 1985. He is the author of Scorched Earth How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America and co-producer of the movie Firestorm: Last Stand at Yellowstone, which was inspired by the book and broadcast on A&E Network. He also co-authored the Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho and the Wingshooter's Guide to Idaho with Ken Retallic. He also was on the Statesman’s team that covered the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news in 2007. The National Wildlife Federation awarded him its Conservation Achievement Award.

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