Order of Excellence

In 1995 SCI established a permanent Solar Cookers International Order of Excellence to recognize individuals whose sustained efforts have contributed most to empowering people to cook food and pasteurize water with solar energy. 

About This Year's Recipient

Pat-Order-Excellence.jpgPatricia McArdle

SCI Order of Excellence 2014

Pat has been a dedicated promoter of solar cooking technology since 2005. She has served as a board member of Solar Cookers International and Solar Household Energy and continues to volunteer considerable time demonstrating, writing and speaking about the benefits of solar cooking. She also served as Editor of the Solar Cooker Review. She has more than thirty years of international experience as a career diplomat, a U.S. Naval officer and a Peace Corps volunteer. She holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of International Management and is a graduate of the University of New Mexico. Her award-winning 2011 novel, Farishta, was inspired by the year she spent in northern Afghanistan, where as she describes it, she experienced her life-changing solar cooker ‘epiphany'.



1995 Barbara Kerr and Sherry Cole 
1997 Dr. Robert Metcalf
1998 Clark and Eleanor Shimeall
2001 John Collentine, Beverly Blum
2004 Tom Sponheim
2005 Dr. Barbara Knudson
2009 Don Coan
2010 Faustine Odaba
2013 Darwin Curtis
2014 Patricia McArdle