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The Heinz Awards pay tribute to the memory of H. John Heinz III by celebrating those who embrace, as he did, the joyous American belief that individuals have both the power and responsibility to change the world for the better.

As a reminder of the virtues of hard work, determination, excellence and a broad vision for the future, the Heinz Family Foundation annually recognizes a special group of individuals for their outstanding contributions.

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On October 4th, 2016, the 21st Heinz Award recipients participated in a moderated event at Carnegie Mellon University: Shared Ideals Realized - Creating A Society For All. Held at Carnegie Mellon's Jared L. Cohon University Center and moderated by Grant Oliphant, president of The Heinz Endowments, the participants were Troy Andrews (Arts and Humanities), Hal Harvey (Environment), Nadine Burke Harris, M.D. (Human Condition), Michelle Alexander (Public Policy), and Matthew Mullenweg (Technology, the Economy and Employment).

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jared cohon Introduction
Jared Cohon is President Emeritus of Carnegie Mellon University, and currently holds posts as University Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy, and as Director of the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation. Prior to Carnegie Mellon, Dr. Cohon was the Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University from 1992 to 1997, and was a faculty member in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering as well as serving as Associate Dean of Engineering and Vice Provost for Research at Johns Hopkins University from 1973 to 1992.

grant oliphant Moderator
Grant Oliphant is president of The Heinz Endowments, having rejoined the foundation in 2014, after serving as president and CEO of The Pittsburgh Foundation for six years. For nearly two decades, Mr. Oliphant held several senior management posts with Heinz family foundations, including vice president for programs and planning at the Endowments. He also served as press secretary to the late U.S. Sen. John Heinz from 1988 until the senator’s death in 1991.

troy andrews 21st Heinz Award Recipients
Troy Andrews (Arts and Humantities) is a celebrated musician and New Orleans native who is using his talent and success to promote musicianship among the city’s children. He established the Trombone Shorty Foundation, through which schools in New Orleans receive donated, professional-quality instruments, and the Trombone Shorty Music Academy where students follow a music performance curriculum created by Mr. Andrews. Mr. Andrews has also written a book for young readers, Trombone Shorty, which chronicles his own young life and how he made his dream a reality.

hal harvey Hal Harvey (Environment) is a rare optimistic voice in the fray over carbon emissions and energy waste. Mr. Harvey, CEO of Energy Innovations and previously founder of the ClimateWorks Foundation and the International Council for Clean Transportation, works from the premise that global climate change is in fact solvable, and that the move to zero-carbon energy technologies can be accomplished. In the United States, India, China, Europe and in developing countries, Mr. Harvey has focused on solutions and strategies in sectors where incremental improvements to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions can make the most significant impact.

nadine burke harris Nadine Burke Harris, M.D. (Human Condition), a pediatrician, is the founding physician of the Bayview Child Health Center and later the founder of the Center for Youth Wellness. She is noted for having established protocols to identify and treat children suffering from toxic stress caused by extreme poverty, neglect, unsafe or chaotic surroundings, abuse or mental illness on the part of parents and family. These stresses, known as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), can lead to a significantly increased risk of chronic disease later in life.

michelle alexander Michelle Alexander (Public Policy) is a legal scholar, advocate, civil rights attorney and author of the seminal book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, which has helped drive a national dialogue on racial bias in America’s criminal justice system, mobilizing activists, educators, religious leaders and individuals to take constructive action on criminal justice reform, including the laws that limit opportunities for the formerly incarcerated. Ms. Alexander is currently collaborating with faith communities and others who recognize the moral imperative of this work, and is working on two forthcoming books and a podcast to bring awareness of these issues to an ever-broader audience.

matthew mullenweg Matthew Mullenweg (Technology the Economy and Employment) is the co-founder of WordPress, a free, simple-to-use, open-source website and blogging platform available to anyone around the world. Today, WordPress powers more than one quarter of websites worldwide, from millions of individual blogs to high-profile clients that include Time Inc., The New York Times and Microsoft. Created by programmers from all over the globe, WordPress is available in 57 languages, with 12 more in development. A recent version was downloaded 30 million times in the first two months, with nearly 500 individuals in the open-source community contributing to its code.


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At the October 27, 2009 Heinz Talks!, Profitable Solutions to Climate, Oil and Proliferation, Amory Lovins presented his strategy for achieving energy efficiency that addresses climate change, oil dependence and national security. The event was held in the historic Russell Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington D.C..

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This event was sponsored jointly with the H. John Heinz III College of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.

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amory lovins Speaker
Physicist Amory Lovins is Chairman and Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute and Chairman Emeritus of Fiberforge, Inc. He advises governments and major firms worldwide on advanced energy and resource efficiency and has led the technical redesign of more than $30 billion worth of facilities to achieve substantial energy savings at typically lower capital cost. Mr. Lovins is the recipient of numerous awards including the 4th Environment Heinz Award.

andre heinz Moderator
André Heinz has been active in the field of sustainable development since 1993. He co-founded the U.S. office of The Natural Step, a Sweden-based, nonprofit organization specializing in education and consulting around sustainable development, and subsequently directed its international office in Stockholm. In 2006, he founded Sustainable Technology Capital, a growth-stage private equity management firm focused on Nordic Cleantech. Mr. Heinz holds a masters degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

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Zhimin Mao, MS 2009, is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Heinz College's Washington, D.C. program. She works as an energy and climate policy analyst at the University Corporation of Atmospheric Research in collaboration with the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment where she focuses on carbon capture and storage technology development in China as well as the development of US-China climate change policy. In 2008, Ms. Mao worked on a project for the Asian Development Bank in the Philippines to make energy efficiency affordable for the poor.

michael spotts Michael Spotts, MS 2010, is currently a student in the Heinz College's Washington, D.C. program. His policy interests are focused on sustainable community development, with an emphasis on studying the environmental impacts of development on underserved and disadvantaged populations and communities. Mr. Spotts serves as a legislative and policy intern for Enterprise Community Partners.


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At the October 20, 2008 Heinz Talks!, Climate Change and Energy Policy - Advice to our Next President, a panel of energy leaders, featuring Dr. John Holdren (7th Public Policy Heinz Award), gave their bold and critical recommendations to our next president on the topic of climate change, energy policy and the impact these will have on our economic growth.

We invite you to watch the video or listen to the audio of this sold-out event.

This event was sponsored jointly with the H. John Heinz III College of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.

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What direction will our energy policy take in the next four years?

Four leaders give their perspectives on climate change and energy policy and the resulting impact on economic growth and technological innovation. The discussion focuses on bold and critical recommendations for our next president.

teresa heinzWelcome and Introduction by Teresa Heinz
Chairman of The Heinz Endowments and the Heinz Family Philanthropies, Mrs. Heinz is recognized as a premier environmental leader and advocate on behalf of women's health and economic security. With her husband, Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, she is co-author of This Moment on Earth: Today's New Environmentalists and Their Vision for the Future. Mrs. Heinz established the Heinz Awards in 1993 to honor and sustain the legacy of her late husband, U.S. Senator John Heinz.

john holdren Speakers
John Holdren, Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy and Director of the Program on Science, Technology, and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, as well as President and Director of the independent, non-profit Woods Hole Research Center. He is also the recipient of the 7th Public Policy Heinz Award.

lee branstetterLee Branstetter, Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Heinz School and Department of Social and Decision Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University.

granger morganGranger Morgan, Lord Chair Professor in Engineering; Professor and Department Head, Engineering and Public Policy; Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Heinz School, Carnegie Mellon University.

melissa youngMelissa Young, second year student in the Heinz School's Master of Science in Public Policy and Management program and recipient of the Otto Davis Scholarship.

moira gunnModerator
Moira Gunn, is host of Tech Nation and BioTech Nation, which air on National Public Radio and internationally to 133 countries and is produced at the studios of KQED in San Francisco. Dr. Gunn is also Program Director of Information Systems at the College of Professional Studies, University of San Francisco.