C3E Congratulates Winners of 2022 Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Award
Nine women from business, finance and technology honored for their outstanding achievements in accelerating the just transition to clean energy in the United States
WASHINGTON, October 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) initiative has announced the winners of the 2022 C3E Awards, honoring nine women for their outstanding leadership and achievements in clean energy. The C3E initiative aims to close the gender gap and increase women’s participation, leadership and success in a wide range of clean energy fields.
“For too long, there has been a significant gender gap in the energy sector, meaning half the population has had a minimized impact on one of our most important industries,” U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “As we transition to a clean energy economy, we will need to tap into the pool of extraordinary women working in the energy sector and expand their ranks. That’s why the DOE is proud to recognize the award winners. This year’s C3E, a diverse group of women changemakers, are tackling some of energy’s biggest challenges.”
Data shows that many women are leaving the workforce mid-career, a trend that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. C3E strives to retain women in the workforce by connecting those working in clean energy with information, ideas, inspiration and opportunities for dialogue with peers and mentors.
C3E award winners create scientific breakthroughs, increase access to energy, build community resilience, improve systems and invest in game-changing technologies that will facilitate the transition to clean energy. Each winner receives a cash donation of $8,000 and national recognition of their efforts.
Now in its 11th year, C3E is led by the DOE in conjunction with the MIT Energy Initiative, from Stanford University Precourt Institute for Energy and Texas A&M Energy Institute.
The 2022 C3E award winners are:
Company – Phoebe Wang is a cleantech venture capitalist who is currently an investment partner of the Amazon Climate Pledge Fund. She was previously Chief Investment Officer at Shell Ventures where she led investments in startups working on technologies to accelerate the energy transition, including in the areas of hydrogen, carbon capture utilization and storage, energy storage, mobility and energy. Wang has invested more than $150 million over the past decade in cutting-edge technology startups.
Education and Advocacy — Angelique Ramdhari is director of Resilient Solar at Solar One, a non-profit organization that provides technical assistance, training, and educational programs to foster sustainability in diverse urban communities. Ramdhari focuses on rolling out projects in the high barrier New York City energy storage market. She has led the design and installation of several groundbreaking solar and battery projects in low-income coastal communities in brooklyn and the Bronx.
Entrepreneurship – Shannon Miller is the CEO and founder of Mainspring Energy. Miller leads the design, manufacture and marketing of the Mainspring Linear Generator, a new type of clean energy generator with a fuel-independent design that allows switching between fuel types, including clean fuels such as hydrogen , biogas, renewable natural gas and ammonia . The generator is designed to boost renewable energy, increase resilience and accelerate the transition to clean fuels.
Government – Sylvia Louie is director of business development at the New York Power Authority, the state’s largest public power organization United States. Louie is focused on developing large-scale renewable energy, energy storage and transmission projects New York State ambitious clean energy goals.
International – Sarah Biber is Head of Energy Partnerships for Acumen, a nonprofit that is changing the way the world tackles poverty by investing in businesses, leaders, and ideas. Bieber leads a global team working to provide access to clean energy to the 733 million people who lack it. It brings together donors, businesses and other public and private sector stakeholders to design investment strategies and build coalitions that support clean energy businesses serving low-income communities.
Law & Finance — Rachel Taou is responsible for process modernization at the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear, based at the Idaho National Laboratory. Taow works to improve contractual mechanisms for advanced nuclear energy. It implements strategies to modernize public-private partnerships to provide efficient access to national laboratory resources. She spearheaded a new model agreement to allow industry to access multiple national labs through a single agreement, saving negotiation time and resources.
Social, economic and political innovation — Ramsay Siegal is a partner in Earthshot Ventures, a venture capital fund that helps entrepreneurs develop technologies to fight climate change. Siegal previously led a portfolio of more than 100 climate technology companies at Elemental Excelerator, which Earthshot Ventures spun off from in 2021. She is dedicated to funding and supporting founders of groups typically underrepresented in business.
Technological research and innovation — Y. Shirley Meng is a professor at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering in University of Chicago and Chief Scientist of the Argonne National Laboratory Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science. She is a pioneering scientist with a primary focus on energy storage materials and systems, including rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles and trucks, energy sources for the Internet of Things, and indoor storage. network scale. His work on the method of cryogenic microscopic imaging in the field of batteries has received international acclaim.
Lifetime Achievement — Lisa Jackson is the vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives at Apple. Jackson oversees Apple’s efforts to minimize its impact on the environment by fighting climate change through renewable energy and energy efficiency, using greener materials and inventing new ways to conserve valuable resources. She also leads Apple’s Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, which focuses on education, economic opportunity and criminal justice reform.
To learn more about the C3E Initiative and the winners, visit www.c3e.org. Winners will be honored at the 11th Annual C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium on November 22022. Register for a live stream of the event at c3e.org/livestream.
The US Department of Energy, MIT Energy Initiative, from Stanford University The Precourt Institute for Energy and the Texas A&M Energy Institute are collaborating to implement the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) initiative. For more information, visit www.c3e.org.
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