A 2011 Goldman Environmental Prize recipient, Ursula Sladek is the founder and president of Schönau Power Supply (EWS), a position from which she fights nuclear energy dependence and promotes renewable energy and energy efficiency in the Black Forest region and across Germany. Sladek established Germany’s first renewable energy co-op and led a campaign to control the Schönau grid in response to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster’s lasting impacts on human and environmental health and the barriers to public input on utility energy supply. Her company now serves over 100,000 customers in Germany and continues to invest in safe, reliable, clean energy and local energy co-ops. Photo credit: Goldman Environmental Prize