Ximena Prugue is a 21-year-old mechanical engineering undergraduate and research assistant at Florida International University in Miami, Florida working at the Applied Research Center as a Department of Energy Fellow. She is also the founder of Giving the Green Light, a 501c3 non-profit organization that replaces kerosene lamps in rural India with solar powered lighting to alleviate energy poverty. Prugue received the Clinton Global Initiative Outstanding Commitment Award for her work on Giving the Green Light.
Prugue was UNEP and TreeHugger’s official blogger for World Environment Day 2011 in India and awarded the Young Entrepreneur Award by Swiss watchmaker, Maurice Lacroix, in 2010.
To find out more information on Giving the Green Light, please visit http://GivingtheGreenLight.org