Jessica Beehner, the Washougal School District’s facilities, maintenance and grounds manager, is being honored by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)’s Columbia River chapter for her commitment to energy conservation and sustainability.
The AEE recently presented Beehner with its 2023 Commercial Wrench of the Year award, which the Association says is given annually to individuals “that best exemplify the spirit of hard work, hands-on responsibility and determination that resulted in successful implementation of an energy efficiency project.”
Beehner, who has led the Washougal School District’s maintenance teams since the summer of 2021, said she didn’t even know she had been nominated for the award.
“I was very surprised. I didn’t even know that I had been nominated for it,” Beehner said. “But I was very honored. I struggle with the spotlight. I was just doing my job, but I’m glad that people that I work with understand the struggles and the things that we’re working on here and the good work that we’re doing, and I appreciate the acknowledgement of that.”
Kristen Ige, treasurer for the AAE’s Columbia River chapter, said the group chose Beehner for the award “due to her strong leadership and unwavering commitment” to Clark Public Utilities’ Strategic Energy Management program.