March 27,2017
Andy Tyson holding solar panel
Andy Tyson – Creative Energies

Andy Tyson Leadership Award in Sustainability

In Memory of Andy Tyson 1968—2015

The colleagues, friends and family of Andy Tyson are pleased to announce the creation of the Andy Tyson Leadership Award in Sustainability and the opening of the Award’s nomination process.

“Advocating for renewable energy and sustainability in our greater region isn’t easy, but that never stopped Andy from rolling up his sleeves and trying incredibly hard, whether working to create Teton Valley’s first net metering program, attending burgeoning sustainability events all over the area or fighting for solar’s place in Idaho’s energy portfolio,” says his wife, Molly Tyson. “Andy was the ultimate diplomat. His easy going, manner,  science based approach and total professionalism helped create bridges between diverse sectors in the sustainability world.”

The Andy Tyson Leadership Award in Sustainability, created in partnership with Energy Conservation Works (, recognizes outstanding individuals from Idaho and Wyoming’s Teton counties and their efforts in local, community-oriented environmental sustainability projects within the Teton’s built environment. Recipients will be recognized each May at the Jackson Hole EcoFair (,  a regional event that Andy helped start in the early 2000.

Andy was a leader in ushering thoughtful and sustainable living into everyday life. His expertise was broad and his passion was infectious. He filled many roles including; technical expert, a community organizer, a life-long learner, a passionate volunteer, and a caring friend, partner, and spouse.

A skilled craftsman, businessman and leader, Andy was a steady source of ideas that might help make the world a better place by building a sustainable energy future. As co-founder and owner of Creative Energies (, a values-driven company that grew to be the region’s leading expert on renewable energy, Andy worked to elevate understanding of renewable energy technology with a cross section of the people ranging from curious school groups to the Idaho Governor. Not only an engaging, inspiring teacher and advocate, but also an accomplished climber, Andy completed solar projects in remote places like Antarctica and Mt. Everest Base Camp. But Andy took his dedication to the environment a step further by spending countless hours mentoring others and volunteering for sustainability initiatives like Eco-Fair, Teton Valley Community Recycling, the Charture Institute, Tetons for Tomorrow, and  Yellowstone Business Partnership. He was a founding member of 1% for the Tetons, and Teton Valley’s Chance Meetings, and was the Co-chair of the Idaho Strategic Energy Alliance’s  Solar Energy Task Force.

On April 10, 2015 Andy, along with three other community members, died in a plane crash while flying to a remote job site to plan a solar installation. His wide smile, mischievous laugh, and thoughtful, patient perspective is deeply missed. (obituary: )

It is the hope of Andy’s colleagues, friends and family that this award will honor those who exemplify, in their own manner, Andy’s commitment to furthering sustainability in the Tetons. A humble and ever generous man, Andy relished the success of others. Therefore it is fitting to honor and recognize the contributions of community members in a place Andy cared so deeply about.

Nominees are identified through:

●      Innovation approaches to their work

●      Passion in what they do

●      Inspiration of others

●      Dedication to improving one’s knowledge and skill set

●      Committed service to the community or promise as a rising star

Nominees may be active in any of the following areas:

●      Public policy or community organizing in relevant sustainability issues

●      Green building

●      Renewable energy

●      Energy efficiency

●      Alternative transportation

●      Recycling

●      Waste reduction

●      Sustainability education

Nominees of all ages and sectors (private, NGO, government, academia, etc.) are welcome.

Nomination process:

Nominations may be submitted via a web form at and Energy Conservation Works ( must be received by April 28, 2017.

Please include:

●      A summary of the nominee’s accomplishments and plans

●      Contact information for a minimum of two references

●      A photo representative of reason for nomination

●      Contact information for nominator and nominee

The selection team, a group of community leaders, Andy’s colleagues, friends and family, may seek further information or conduct interviews if appropriate.

CONTACT: Phil Cameron,, 307-732-8515,  for additional information 

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Wastewater Treatment Manager, Johnny Ziem, was awarded the first annual Andy Tyson Leadership Award in Sustainability.


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