GREENVILLE, S.C. (Aug. 29) — Calstart, a non-profit advanced transportation technologies consortium, has awarded Edouard Michelin, the late CEO of Michelin, the Blue Sky Leadership Award, one of the group´s highest honors.
Calstart lauded Michelin — who drowned May 26, 2006, in a boating accident — for his "vision and global leadership to further advance transportation technologies."
The group will present the award at a luncheon on Sept. 6 at Caltech in Pasadena, Calif. Damien Michelin, Edouard´s brother, will receive the award on his behalf.
The Blue Sky Leadership Award is given periodically for outstanding personal leadership to expand an advanced, sustainable transportation market, Calstart said.
The consortium singled out Michelin for his creating and supporting Challenge Bibendum, a global vehicle competition designed to showcase advancements in clean technologies.
Calstart is a participant-supported organization of more than 145 companies and agencies dedicated to expanding a high-tech transportation industry that cleans the air, creates jobs and improves energy efficiency to combat global warming and increase energy security.