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Women Cleaning Energy at the Clean Energy Education & Empowerment Symposium

On September 16th, Joyce Ferris spoke at the Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Initiative‘s 2014 Symposium held at MIT. The 2014 Symposium was themed, “Urban Strategies for a New Energy Future,” and Ferris spoke on a panel titled, “Making Wise Energy Investments in an Era of Constraints.”

Joyce shared the panel with Jacquelyn Dadakis (Managing Director of GCE Services, Green Coast Enterprises), Stacy Richards (Founding Director, SEDA-Council of Governments’ Energy Resource Center (ERC)), and Mary Barber (Director, New Jersey Clean Energy, Environmental Defense Fund). The four innovators discussed the challenges of establishing partnerships and programs between public, private, and non-profit interests to drive energy efficiency in the built environment.

c3e panelThe C3E Initiative was launched in 2010 to close the gender gap and increase women’s participation and leadership in energy finance and policy, and the fields of science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) to meet our future clean energy challenges.

The C3E Initiative has four programs in the U.S.:

  1. An annual symposium that provides a forum for networking and building a sustained national and international community of professionals dedicated to advancing the careers and goals of women in clean energy
  2. Annual awards that recognize mid-career women who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and accomplishments in clean energy
  3. The designation of 30 distinguished senior professionals who represent the Initiative as ambassadors at public forums and work to strength the recruitment, retention, and advancement of highly qualified women in the energy field
  4. The C3Enet.org online community forum that enables women the sharing of information, insight, and inspiration around the world

To see the full symposium schedule, please follow this link.