The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has named Cheryl R. English, FIES, vice president of Market and Industry Development for Acuity Brands Lighting, among the winners of its 2009 Kite & Key Award. The Kite & Key Award recognizes individuals who have advance the interests of the electrical industry through active and sustained involvement in the affairs of NEMA.

English, who has served as chair of NEMA's Lighting Division and has held various leadership positions in its Luminaire Section, was cited by the organization for a number of industry-leading efforts, including her role in several areas to define and promote federal energy-efficiency regulations. Her efforts include the development of the LE5 standard for Federal Energy Management Program procurement guidelines, and she developed LE6, which defines a new energy metric for luminaires. Known as the Target Efficacy Rating, the metric was instrumental in the 2009 federal energy regulations for outdoor luminaires.

"Cheryl's tireless work to advance sustainable and energy efficient products, focusing on promoting underutilized technologies and advancing new innovations, has played a significant role in moving the industry forward," says Vernon J. Nagel, Chairman, President and CEO of Acuity Brands. "She consistently works with an eye on a balanced goal of market transformation and public policy to improve our industry and promote environmental change."