Colby presented Adam Cote ’95 with its Distinguished Alumnus Award on Saturday, June 6, during Reunion Weekend. Given nearly every year since 1980, the award is presented to an alumnus or alumna who has achieved unusual distinction in his or her 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.

Cote is cofounder and CEO of Thermal Energy Storage of Maine. 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, Maine, and I had a wonderful family to help prepare me for the rigors of Colby, … but 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 critically about issues of the day. I feel truly humbled to receive this award.”