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Central New York coordinator is recognized for exemplifying how to lead effectively with spirit, friendship, and motivation.

Barry Carr, coordinator of Clean Communities of Central New York, was honored with the Benjamin Watson Inspirational Award on December 9 in Golden, Colo., where representatives from Clean Cities coalitions across the country gathered for the annual Clean Cities Coordinator Workshop.

The award is presented annually to the Clean Cities coordinator who provides inspiration and motivation to other coordinators and who strives to create a fun, engaging, and unified team spirit within the program. Carr was presented with the award by fellow coordinator Wendy Lucht (Ocean State Clean Cities), on behalf of the Clean Cities Coordinator Council. Carr was chosen as this year’s award recipient for his years of devotion to Clean Cities efforts and because his work and attitude reflect the program’s values and mission.

“Barry works harder than anyone I know,” Lucht said. “He is the perfect blend of professionalism, knowledge, and humor. He is an outstanding mentor, friend, and source of inspiration.”

Other coordinators added that Carr is constantly helping the alternative fuel industry, spending countless hours supporting the Clean Cities mission. He combines social and work aspects flawlessly and cares about the people with whom he works, serving as a continual source of motivation and enthusiasm. The word “friend” was a common term used in virtually all descriptions of Carr’s contributions to his fellow coordinators.

Carr became the coordinator of Clean Communities of Central New York in 2008. He also works full-time with Landi Renzo USA, a supplier of alternative fuel systems for original equipment manufacturer partners. Carr has been providing support to the alternative fuel and vehicle markets since 1988.

Nominations for the award come directly from coordinators, in a process overseen by the Clean Cities Coordinator Council. Coordinators then vote to select the winner.

The award is named after Benjamin Watson, a founding member of Clean Cities and long-time coordinator of Kansas City Regional Clean Cities. Watson’s engaging personality and spirit left an indelible stamp on the Clean Cities program and established the true character of the organization.

  • Kathryn Ruckman, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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