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U.S. C3E Ambassadors Meet for Fifth Annual Retreat at NREL

Monday, April 11, 2016

U.S. C3E Ambassadors Meet for Fifth Annual Retreat at NREL

U.S. C3E Ambassadors assembled at NREL in March for the fifth annual retreat. Photo credit: Dennis Schroeder/NREL

The U.S. Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) program, part of the Clean Energy Ministerial’s C3E initiative, recently hosted its annual retreat for the U.S. C3E Ambassadors—a group of 38 distinguished executive-level leaders in clean energy who work to advance women’s participation and leadership in the sector. Hosted at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, the retreat focused on preparations for the 2016 C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium, which will be held at Stanford University on May 31 as a side event to the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial.

Ambassadors attending the retreat reviewed and ranked nominations for the 2016 C3E Awards. Now in its fifth year, the C3E Awards recognize mid-career women for outstanding leadership and achievement in driving clean energy progress in various sectors. The C3E Awards provide critical recognition, supporting women’s career advancement and inspiring women of all ages to contribute to the clean energy field. Winners in eight categories will be announced at the C3E Symposium, as will a Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

While visiting NREL, the Ambassadors networked with female researchers and discussed a variety of issues related to advancing women in clean energy. The Ambassadors:

  • Held a panel discussion with the NREL Women’s Network on attracting and retaining women in the workforce.
  • Met with Dr. Martin Keller, NREL Director.
  • Discussed research projects with women at a poster session.
  • Took a tour of the NREL Energy Systems Integration Facility led by an all-female group of NREL researchers.

U.S. C3E Ambassadors took a tour of the Smart Power Lab at the Energy Systems Integration Facility at NREL led by an all-female group of NREL researchers. Photo credit: Dennis Schroeder/NREL
Sue Tierney, the 2014 C3E Lifetime Achievement Honoree, also gave remarks as the dinner speaker. Sally Benson, Co-Director of the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy and Director of the Global Climate and Energy Project at Stanford University, was welcomed as a new U.S. C3E Ambassador.

C3E is an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial that works to advance women’s leadership in clean energy and helps to harness all talent in driving the clean energy revolution forward. Launched as a network of national-level actions, C3E has expanded globally through an International C3E Ambassador Corps and the online community forum C3E encourages other CEM partner governments to name C3E Ambassadors. The U.S. C3E program is led by the U.S. Department of Energy in collaboration with the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative (MITEI), which together held the Ambassador retreat.

You can connect with C3E on LinkedIn and twitter (@C3E_EnergyWomen). For more information about the C3E Awards and symposium, visit