RALEIGH – With its Cleantech Innovation Awards program, the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster is celebrating the individuals, organizations and projects behind the Triangle’s growing clean energy sector.

The ceremony will convene 200 attendees at Market Hall in downtown Raleigh on December 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Cleantech Innovation Awards span eight categories. Here’s a breakdown (with nominees):

The judges for the awards are RTI International Senior Director of Sustainability and Resource Management Coleen Northeim, Fox Rothschild LLP Counsel Deborah Ross, and Duke Professor and EDGE Director Dan Vermeer.

Susan Sanford, director of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster, says that staff invited these individuals to volunteer “given their leadership in the public sector and understanding of the connection between energy innovation and economic development.”

Sanford added that nominees were judged broadly on environmental impact, economic impact, social impact and innovation. For the two talent-related awards—Talent and Diversity—the judges made their decisions based on effectiveness, innovation and long-term sustainability.