2015-07-03 / Community

Cote receives Colby award

Adam Cote, a 1995 Colby College graduate who served in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan and runs an alternative-energy company in Maine, received Colby's Distinguished Alumnus Award June 6 during the College's Reunion Weekend in Waterville. Given nearly every year since 1980, the award is presented to an former student who has achieved unusual distinction in a profession or avocation.

Cote served with the Maine National Guard in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan, earning Army Commendation Medals in Iraq and a Bronze Star Medal in Afghanistan, where he was commander of the 150th Engineer Company. Awarded for bravery, acts of merit, or meritorious service in a combat zone, the Bronze Star is the fourth highest military award overall.

In civilian life, Cote is cofounder and CEO of Thermal Energy Storage of Maine, providing affordable heating solutions to Maine families. In 2013 the Obama administration named him a Champion of Change for advancing clean energy and climate security.

“I want to thank Colby for this incredible honor,” Cote said. “I received a solid education growing up in Sanford and I had a wonderful family to help prepare me for the rigors of Colby....what Colby did for me was to prepare me for the next level of life: to broaden my perspective on the world and to think

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