Dave Rabou, Gulf Breeze, Florida
The Gulf Coast Energy Network is a nonprofit coalition of prominent business, government, and environmental leaders who promote the efficient use of energy and water resources to benefit consumers, the environment and economic growth. GCEN supports energy efficiency as a cost-effective energy resource under existing market conditions, and it promotes the use and expansion of alternative forms of energy. With Dave’s help, GCEN launched the Green Lodging Program to recognize Florida hotels that make a commitment to conserve and protect the state’s natural resources. The environmentally friendly initiative helps properties keep operating costs down and increase occupancy rates.