Doing Well, Doing Good: Katie Romanov ‘11.5 named “America’s Next EcoStar”

Doing Well, Doing Good is a new Middblog series written by Rebekah Wilson ‘14 that will highlight those making a difference for the better in the Middlebury community and beyond. Stay tuned for further coverage of good/well-doers.

Katie and teammates react to winning the communications contest at the Solar Decathlon this fall.

Katie Romanov ‘11.5 was named America’s Next EcoStar on March 5 as part of a nationwide contest by SmartPower and the U.S. Department of Energy to honor the accomplishments of an exceptional student leader committed to the renewable energy movement. Katie was selected for the prize by over 10,000 voters, beating out students from over 100 schools across the country.

SmartPower, a non-profit marketing firm that promotes renewable energy and energy efficiency, first took notice of Katie during the Solar Decathlon competition this fall when she directed communications for Middlebury’s team, Self-Reliance, which won the communications contest (placing 4th overall). Katie was nominated for the prize based on her successful work with Solar Decathlon, as well as her student leadership. During her time at Middlebury, Katie was active in environmental organizations, helping to found Sprout, an organization that advocates for environmental education in local schools.

As part of her title, Katie will complete a fellowship with SmartPower in Washington, D.C. this summer and travel to the Sustainable Futures Academy at the Salzburg Global Seminar. In addition, she was awarded a $1,000 grant to be presented to Middlebury’s sustainability office. According to a statement by SmartPower president Brian F. Keane on the organization’s blog, SmartPower was deeply impressed by her skills as a leader, saying, “[Katie] represents a new type of activist — one who combines energy and enthusiasm with a true understanding of what engages people.”

Check out SmartPower’s profile of Katie here.


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