CCIA Awards LogoThe Colorado Cleantech Industry Association today released the names of the finalists for this year’s 2012 inaugural Colorado Cleantech Industry Awards Celebration. The finalists were selected based on their leadership in advancing cleantech job creation, corporate growth, individual effort and technical innovation.

Winners will be announced Monday, Oct. 22 at the Sheraton Downtown Denver hotel, at the official event.

The 2012 Colorado Cleantech Leadership Awards Finalists are:

NATIONAL CLEANTECH LEADERSHIP AWARD 2012
Center for the New Energy Economy (Fort Collins)
Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory (Golden)
Ecotech Institute (Aurora)

GOVERNOR’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CLEANTECH LEADERSHIP 2012
Robert Fenwick-Smith, Aravaipa Ventures
Doug Schatz, Ampt

CLEANTECH CORPORATE CHAMPION 2012
Wells Fargo

CLEANTECH INVESTOR OF THE YEAR
9th Street Investments (Golden)
Access Venture Partners (Westminster)
Braemar Energy Ventures
New Enterprise Associates

HIGH IMPACT CLEANTECH COMPANY 2012
Albeo Technologies (Boulder)
Sundrop Fuels (Longmont)

BREAKOUT CLEANTECH COMPANY 2012
Boulder Wind Power (Boulder)
Zeachem (Lakewood)

EMERGING CLEANTECH COMPANY 2012
Silver Bullet Water Treatment (Denver)
SkyFuel Inc. (Arvada)

COLORADO CLEANTECH ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Sandy Butterfield, Boulder Wind Power (Boulder)
Hans Mueller, EcoVapor Recovery Systems (Centennial)

CLEANTECH EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
Joel Butler, Solix BioSystems (Fort Collins)
Mark Verheyen, TerraLUX

LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR
State Representative Brian Delgrosso