During the weeks leading up to our virtual event, on October 8, we'll be profiling the eleven amazing women from Southwest PA we're celebrating this year. Today, we meet our Woman of Renewable Energy and Climate, Sharon Pillar – Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Solar Center
Meet Sharon Pillar Women of Renewable Energy & Climate
Sharon Pillar is the founder and executive director of the Pennsylvania Solar Center, a nonprofit project of their fiscal sponsor, New Sun Rising that launched in 2019. The Center ushers tax-exempt organizations and businesses through the solar procurement process, helping them find solar developers and financing. The Center offers online resources and educates decision makers on the need for robust solar policies.
Sharon also owns the Hot Earth Collaborative LLC, a consultancy that she started in 2013 to advance clean energy markets that transform our communities, economy and environment.
Since 2016 she has also consulted for Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) as their Pennsylvania Advocate working with businesses across the state to advocate for clean energy.
Sharon served as a co-facilitator for the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Finding Pennsylvania's Solar Futurestakeholder project managed by PennFuture that identified the path to get PA to 10% solar.
She formerly directed the three year-long Solarize Allegheny campaign and served as the president of the Solar Unified Network of Western Pennsylvania (SUNWPA), the region’s solar trade organization, for five years.
During her years at PennFuture from 2006-2013, she served as the Project Manager for solar programs and worked as a climate change advocate.
Sharon holds an M.A. in Earth Literacy from St. Mary’s-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, IN and a B.A. in Psychology from Mansfield State University. She lives in Coraopolis with her husband, Tom, her college-student son, Jeevan, and their dog Lucky.
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WOMEN IN CONSERVATION AWARDS VIRTUAL EVENT SAVE THE DATE - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2020
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Each year, PennFuture honors the accomplishments of exceptional women conservationists in Pennsylvania. The 2020 Celebrating Women in Conservation Awards are designed to encourage continuing excellence in conservation and to forge a stronger network of exceptional women working to protect Pennsylvania’s environment.
Since its inception in 2015, this event has traveled around the state to different communities to ensure recognition of local leaders, volunteers, and career professionals. And for 2020 we are celebrating women in Southwest Pennsylvania.
We also want to give special thanks to our sponsors for their continued support during these difficult times. If you would like information about sponsorship opportunities for this event, please contact Susanne Whitehead at firstname.lastname@example.org.