O’Keeffe and Sheehan Receive 40 Under 40 Recognitions

November 1, 2017
MORPC is proud to have Christina O’Keeffe, Director of Energy & Air Quality and Dan Sheehan, Gohio Commute Program Coordinator named to two different 40 Under 40 lists.
O’Keeffe and Sheehan Receive 40 Under 40 Recognitions

MORPC is proud to have Christina O’Keeffe, Director of Energy & Air Quality and Dan Sheehan, Gohio Commute Program Coordinator named to two different 40 Under 40 lists.

O’Keeffe was named one of the Midwest Energy News’ 40 Under 40 award recipients for her work in connecting central Ohio communities to financial and program resources in the areas of air quality, transportation, housing and energy. The 40 Under 40 program highlights 40 emerging leaders in the Midwest region of the United States for their work in strengthening America’s energy economy and transitioning to sustainable, cleaner forms of energy.

“Working in the field of energy at a time of great transition is very exciting because not only is energy increasingly becoming a factor in business retention and development, but everyday people in central Ohio are benefitting from our programs to make their homes energy efficient and save them money."
Christina O’Keeffe, Director of Energy & Air Quality

 

Under O’Keeffe’s leadership, MORPC administers its residential energy efficiency programs that keep homes warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, while reducing utility bills for income-eligible families that face a higher energy burden. MORPC also is in the process of completing a comprehensive study on energy use and production in Franklin County – the first study of its kind with a countywide focus in Ohio. The organization is among few regional councils of governments in the U.S. focused on energy planning as part of its work in transportation, data, land use and public policy initiatives.

“I’m honored to receive the 40 Under 40 designation from Midwest Energy News,” O’Keeffe said. “Working in the field of energy at a time of great transition is very exciting because not only is energy increasingly becoming a factor in business retention and development, but everyday people in central Ohio are benefitting from our programs to make their homes energy efficient and save them money. I’m fortunate to have a top-notch team, with a passion for this work, alongside me at MORPC.”

Midwest Energy News is a nonprofit news site dedicated to keeping stakeholders, policymakers and citizens informed of important changes taking place as the Midwest shifts from fossil fuels to a clean energy system.

Midwest Energy News 40 Under 40

Sheehan was named one of the Association for Commuter Transportation’s (ACT’s) 40 Under 40 award recipients for his work in transitioning a statewide program called GohioCommute. Through his efforts, commuters in central Ohio will have an easier time taking advantage of sustainable transportation options that save on costs and help the environment.

"I’m proud to work in an industry that’s continually changing for the better and making a difference in the everyday lives of people.”
Dan Sheehan, Gohio Commute Program Coordinator

“I’m grateful to be named as a 40 Under 40 recipient,” Sheehan said. “With emerging transportation technology, it’s more convenient than ever to take advantage of sustainable transportation options to get around. I’m proud to work in an industry that’s continually changing for the better and making a difference in the everyday lives of people.”

ACT is an international trade association and leading advocate for commuter transportation. The award recognizes emerging leaders in the transportation demand management industry who are working to find creative solutions that improve the quality of life of commuters and the livability of communities.

The 40 Under 40 list includes a diverse group of individuals ranging from digital start-ups and big-name companies to city and regional transportation officials most effectively increasing the use of commuter benefits and rideshare across the country.

Sheehan accepted the award Wednesday, Oct. 18, during ACT’s Transportation Demand Management Forum.

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