Newsmaker: Linda Wigington
Noteworthy: Wigington is the 2016 recipient of the Conservation Luminary Award presented annually by Pittsburgh-based non-profit CCI, formerly known as Conservation Consultants Inc., to recognize someone who has dedicated themselves to conservation efforts. She will receive the award at the group's annual fundraiser on Oct. 20.
Residence: Waynesburg, Greene County
Occupation: Residential energy consultant at Linda M. Wigington Associates
Education: Bachelor and master's degrees from West Virginia University
Background: Wigington grew up on a Washington County farm, where she said she learned the importance of conservation from her father. She became an energy coordinator for Washington-Greene Community Action Agency in 1980. Wingington later worked for ACTION Housing in Pittsburgh, co-authoring the Community Energy Workshops Handbook. While under contract to Duquesne Light, she helped in the design, training and technical oversight of its Smart Comfort program — one of the first utility programs to achieve marked cost reductions through reducing electric baseload.
She founded the Affordable Comfort Conference and served as program coordinator and director of deep energy reductions for Affordable Comfort Inc. Wigington serves on the editorial advisory board of Home Energy magazine. She is a board member of the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions and Cornerstone Care, Inc., and has been an advisor for Habitat for Humanity International's Green Team.
Quote: “I think it is important to be for something, to demonstrate and provide information that empowers people to explore the ways they live.”