Thanks to all who attended our Clean Energy Project Financing event (1-18-18) with Potential Energy DC and our Green Career Workshop (1-24-18).  Check out our photos below. We also plan to have the videos available shortly from the Clean Energy Financing event. 

Make plans to join us for our 4th annual Clean Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza on Friday, February 23rd, 11:00 am - 8:00 pm, at the University of Maryland- College Park.   Our theme this year is Cleantech Innovation & Entrepreneurship.   See further information below.

We will have an inaugural meeting of our Circular Economy Working Group to develop an Action Framework for Implementing the Circular Economy in the Washington DC Metro region on February 1st, from 6:00 - 7:00 pm, in Arlington. See more details below. 

4th annual Clean Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza
Our Theme: Cleantech Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Friday, February 23, 2018, 11 am - 8 pm
The University of Maryland
Adele H. Stamp Student Union
Room 2203K
College Park, Maryland 20742
The Association of Energy Engineers - National Capital Chapter (AEE NCC), Association of Energy Engineers - Baltimore Chapter (AEE-Baltimore), and Leaders in Energy are joining forces with the University of Maryland (UMD) for the 4th annual Clean Energy & Sustainability Extravaganza.

Are you interested in cleantech to advance clean energy and sustainable solutions? Cleantech is an umbrella term referring to clean energy, environmental, and sustainable or green products and services. This event will bring together the university and business communities in cleantech. Participants will learn about research and ventures from numerous University of Maryland departments and businesses, including start-ups. They will also hear from women leaders in this field who will be providing their perspectives regarding the industry as well as career advice and tips. 
The Extravaganza will include a 3-component event: 
  • The Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) luncheon and panel session on cleantech and related green careers (11 am - 1:45 pm) sponsored by the Association of Energy Engineers; 
  • A Showcase featuring University of Maryland departments and businesses, including start-ups, focusing on Cleantech Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2:30 - 5:30 pm); and 
  • Networking Reception (6:00 - 8:00 pm).  
Our Speaker Line-up is growing and includes...
CWEEL Luncheon and Panel on Career Perspectives in Cleantech from Women Leaders:
Dr. Mary Ann Rankin,  Provost, University of Maryland, 
will present welcoming remarks at our Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership luncheon and will include:
    • Dr. Nandini Mouli, Moderator, President of Baltimore Chapter of Association of Energy Engineers
    • Rosa Cassidy, Senior Manager Eastern Energy Services at Lockheed Martin Energy 
    • Dr. Ozlem Kilic, Department Head of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Programs, Catholic University
    • Katherine Magruder, Executive Director,  Maryland Clean Energy Center
Numerous University of Maryland (UMD) departments are participating in the afternoon Showcase as well as businesses and start-ups in cleantech.  UMD Departments include the Department of Engineering, Center for Global Sustainability, Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute, and more!
Networking Reception
Dr. Eric Wachsman, Director, Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
(MEI 2) wi ll highlight the work of this new institute.  MEI2 was created by the state of Maryland to turn research breakthroughs by Maryland academic institutions into commercial, clean energy solutions that meet the needs of the state and its people. 
And others (to be announced). 
NOTE: Early bird on Leaders in Energy Showcase and Reception runs through Friday, February 16th.  (The Luncheon is being conducted by the Association of Energy Engineers - National Capital Chapter and there is no early bird rate for that event; however, their members receive a discount for attending). 
Inaugural C ircular Economy Working Group Meeting to Develop Action Framework for Washington DC Region  
Thursday, February 1, 6:00 - 7:00 pm 
Arlington Central Library (near Ballston Metro)

If you are interested in the circular economy and how to examine how to implement these practices in the Washington DC area, you may wish to attend our inaugural working group meeting on Thursday, February 1st, from 6:00 - 7:00 pm, at the Arlington Central Library (close to the Ballston Metro). 

The Circular Economy Working Group grew out of the annual circular economy events hosted by Leaders in Energy, most recently last September. 

Please contact Clifford Deaton if you wish to attend at:

Photos From Our Clean Energy 
Project Financing Event 

Photos courtesy of Agustín Cruz, ArlingtonGreen,

(l-r): Dave McCarthy, Executive Director, Potential Energy DC; Tom Deyo, CEO, Montgomery County Green Bank; Jon Powers, Co-Founder and President, CleanCapital; Cullen Kasunic, Principal with Kasunic Consulting; Abby Johnson, President, Abacus Property Solutions; Rich Dooley, Community Energy Coordinator, Arlington County; and Janine Finnell, Executive Director, Leaders in Energy. 

Dave McCarthy, Panel Moderator, Potential Energy DC

Thomas (Tom) Deyo, Montgomery County Green Bank

Jon Powers, CleanCapital

Abby Johnson, Abacus Property Solutions

Rich Dooley, Arlington County

Cullen Kasunic, Kasunic Consulting

Alex Winn participating in
follow-up discussion. 

Janine Finnell, Leaders in Energy and John Gaffigan, Director of Sponsorship and Membership, Leaders in Energy
We had a great attendance for our event! 
Networking after the program - love the copper pendant lights at WeWork above the bar.

We had networking both before and after the program. 

Dr. Beth Offenbacker, Leaders in Energy Advisor, asking question on social equity pertaining to the Montgomery County Green Bank programs. 

What's Your Green Career Plan? - 
A Workshop for Careers at All Levels

We are delighted that our Green Career Workshop was a sold-out event yet again!

Many thanks to The McCormick Group for serving as our venue and refreshment sponsor. 

Photo from Our 1-24-18 Workshop

Great energy in the room tonight at the Leaders in Energy Green Career Workshop at The McCormick Group! #LECurrents

Testimonial from one of the attendees, John Craig:

Beth and Janine -

That was a super event last night!

- Tons of interaction
- Great information
- So very well organized
- Wonderful involvement on the part of participants!

I had a lot of great conversations, and all I spoke with seem revved up and rolling, glad to be there.

More to say later! Best, J

Our Community In Action 

Spencer Schecht, Leaders in Energy member, has started a Facebook group on Green Jobs that now has 1200 members.   See more below in our "Opportunities - Green Jobs Corner" section to see how to join and post to this group. 

Opportunities -- Green Jobs Corner

Is Your Company Hiring?  
  • Advertise your positions in our Leaders in Energy Green Jobs Corner. Contact John Gaffigan at
  • Carolyn Slaughter, Leaders in Energy member, passed along the word that her organization, the American Public Power Association is hiring.  Check out their career page on their website here for more information.  
  • Kerry Worthington, Leaders in Energy, let us know that there is an opening for a fairly entry level Program Officer to join her department at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). See more about the position here
  • Green Jobs Facebook group (moderated by Spencer Schecht) with 1200 members.   Here is the link to the group:
    Request membership from Spencer which he can approve immediately, then you will have access to post.  Spencer can be contacted at:
  • Leaders in Energy Partnership with Green Jobs Network: Post a job opening on the US-wide Green Jobs Network and receive a $20 discount by using a Leaders in Energy code. This also helps our organization to sustain its work. Learn more here and apply code: leaders2018  This unique code is available until December 31, 2018.

Leaders in Energy is Building a Global Action Network

We are building a global action network to advance clean energy and sustainable solutions. Learn more here.  Stay tuned for our 2017 year-in-review report coming soon. 
 We encourage you to join our Leaders in Energy community at our website ( ) and/or join our LinkedIn group at:  Leaders in Energy Research, Communications, Policy & Analysis (LERCPA) You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter .

If you have been attending our events and like our content, please consider reaching out and inviting interested colleagues to join our mailing list and LinkedIn group.  Expanding our numbers help us to increase our voice and impact on clean energy and sustainability issues.

Leaders in Energy "Ambassador" Program

We are examining how to expand to our activities to regions outside of DC through a Leaders in Energy Ambassador program.  For example, if you are looking to work outside the area, this program may be a good way for you to connect with like-minded people in other geographic areas of the US or world.  If you are interested in learning more, send an email to

Resource Corner
See articles on our past event topics including the circular economy, green jobs, sustainable facilities, clean energy finance, and more at our Blog and  Event Archive .  

Recent articles include the following:
Here you can find our one-stop shop for materials from Leaders in Energy monthly events, including announcements, recaps, and related articles. If you would like to contribute to our events or have a great idea for an article, check out how you can get involved as a member, volunteer, or sponsor  and see the  2018 list of events .

Blog article ideas can be submitted to


We are seeking names for our Leaders in Energy newsletter and blog and decided to crowdsource these ideas through our community.   

An example of an impressive blog by one of our Leaders in Energy members is titled "True North" which focuses on helping people to find the direction they want to take in their lives. 

We are looking for names that will similarly convey the work we are doing to bring about transformative change and collective action to advance clean energy and sustainable solutions for a better world.

Please submit your entries by Wednesday, January 31, 2018 to Travis High at

At Leaders in Energy, we are focused on building a global action network to advance clean energy and sustainable solutions. We are connecting people in the U.S. and around the world who are passionate about clean energy and sustainability in over 100 countries. 

We are seeking transformative change for a better world through collective action and leadership.   We have worked to forge consensus and convene experts on sustainable energy systems, such as microgrids, to reduce greenhouse gases and take actions to move from a throwaway society to a circular economy. 

Leaders in Energy connects people through our website, LinkedIn page, and other social media, as well as our face-to-face events. We also connect job seekers with hiring managers and help those seeking solutions to link with vendors providing a variety of sustainability solutions.

We appreciate your support and attendance at our thought leadership, educational, and professional networking events on clean energy and sustainability topics.  We believe that our organization is playing an important role in building the capacity for positive change and action by convening professionals who are working to make a difference.  


Janine A. Finnell
Executive Director 
Leaders In Energy

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