Michelle Moore was recognized by GreenBiz Group as one of twenty global visionaries building social enterprises to create an inclusive and equitable clean energy economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - GreenBiz Group today named Michelle Moore, Groundswell CEO, as one of the 2019 VERGE Vanguard honorees based on a global search for the pioneers, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, business leaders, policymakers and investors on the cutting edge of sustainability and technology.

The VERGE Vanguard honorees were selected from nominations submitted from diverse industries during July by GreenBiz readers and editors, and by the VERGE Advisors who helped shape the sessions at this year’s event.

  • The second annual VERGE Vanguard feature recognizes 20 individuals who are:
  • inspiring an equitable, inclusive transition to a clean power grid;
  • laying the roadmap for a zero-emissions transportation system;
  • creating the framework for a more circular economy; and
  • enabling communities and companies around the world to draw down levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide. 

While their backgrounds are unique, the 2019 VERGE Vanguard honorees share a common conviction: to harness innovation to mitigate climate change and facilitate the clean economy transition. 

"Transitioning to clean energy quickly and justly won’t just happen. It must be driven by visionaries that understand the magnitude and urgency of the moment,” said Sarah Golden, Senior Energy Analyst at GreenBiz Group and Chair, VERGE Energy. “This group of honorees embody the promise of the clean economy. They demonstrate the opportunities to uplift lives, improve public health and build profitable businesses while decarbonizing the economy."

“Each of these individuals should be celebrated not just for their inspiring, disruptive ideas and technical contributions but for their untiring evangelism of a cause that’s critical to the future well-being of all humanity — the transition to an inclusive and equitable clean economy,” said Heather Clancy, GreenBiz Group Editorial Director.

“Clean energy means economic development, affordability, and quality of life for America’s cities and small towns, like the one I grew up in - LaGrange GA,” according to Michelle Moore, CEO of Groundswell. “The economics can work, and (thankfully) it specifically does not take an Act of Congress. I’m grateful to go to work everyday helping to make sure the power, wealth, and jobs generated by clean energy work for everyone.”

View the full “2019 Verge Vanguard” list here.





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Groundswell’s Share Power™ program is revolutionizing community solar by eliminating barriers like long-term contracts and high consumer credit scores. Share Power™ has the potential to double the addressable market for community solar and deliver deep savings to people who need it the most. Inspired by Human Centered Design and the challenge to “love your neighbor as yourself,” renters and homeowners who join a Groundswell solar project get locally generated power and share savings with local income-qualified households. Groundswell and Share Power™ preserve affordability for all neighbors and helps communities thrive.