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Clean Energy Ministerial: Women in Clean Energy, White House cites Stanford initiative

May 31, 2016
On May 31, 2016, Stanford University hosted the 5th Annual Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Women in Clean Energy Symposium. This year's theme: "The Role of women internationally in decarbonizing our energy future." The daylong event was presented by Stanford's Precourt Institute for Energy, the MIT Energy Initiative and the U.S. Department of Energy. Keynote speakers included U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols, World Energy Trilemma Executive Chair Joan MacNaughton and U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

Mary Nichols of the California Air Resources Board delivers a keynote address at the C3E Symposium.

During the symposium, eight mid-career women received C3E Awards  for outstanding leadership and extraordinary achievements in advancing clean energy. Sarah Kurtz, co-director of NREL's National Center for Photovoltaics, received a lifetime achievement award.

C3E award winners. Back row (l-r): Rebecca Pearl-Martinez, Kathryn Zyla, Suzanne Tegen, Shelee Kimura. Front row (l-r): Nicky Phear, Sarah Kurtz, Maria Kingery, Jodie Wu. Not pictured: Debora Rodrigues.


"The nine women honored today represent nearly every facet of clean energy, from policy and finance to technology and entrepreneurship," said Benson, a professor of energy resources engineering at Stanford. "Their remarkable accomplishments are a clear sign that the gender gap is finally beginning to narrow for women in clean energy and other professions related to sustainability." 
A book celebrating the fifth annivrsary of the U.S. C3E program can be downloaded here.

More than two dozen C3E ambassadors pose with U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at the 2016 symposium at Stanford. The ambassadors are senior leaders who serve as role models and advocates for women in clean energy.


The C3E symposium was the opening event of the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) and the inaugural Mission Innovation (MI) Ministerial held in San Francisco June 1- 2.  Secretary Moniz hosted 23 governments and the European Union at CEM7 and MI.  To emphasize U.S. support of the international meetings, the Obama Administration issued a fact sheet lauding several American universities and private-sector stakeholders for "making new commitments to accelerate clean-energy innovation and expand investment in climate solutions." Among the initiatives cited by the White House is Bits & Watts, a new Stanford-SLAC research partnership to accelerate the integration of more than 50 percent renewable energy into the electricity grid.
The meetings marked the first major gathering of global energy ministers since the December 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement“CEM7 and MI are major driving forces for how the U.S. and global community can achieve the commitments made under the Paris Agreement,” said Moniz.  “The outcome of these two meetings can play an important role in deploying clean energy technologies today and developing tomorrow’s solutions that will facilitate the world’s transition to a clean energy economy.”



    Photos: Casey Valentine