Thanks to all who attended our Clean Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza at the University of Maryland.  Articles have been received from our reporting teams and will be available shortly on our blog.

The  recap article titled "A great time to be part of clean energy project finance" by Leaders in Energy Blog Editor, Travis High, is now available on our blog.  It includes the presentation and speaker videos from our Clean Energy Project Financing event (with Potential Energy DC).  

See the  Forbes article mentioned in our Green Jobs Corner on how LinkedIn groups can help people find jobs.  You may wish to join our LinkedIn group  here to interact with other 3000+ professionals in clean energy and sustainability around the DC area, US, and globe. 

Kudos to clean energy and climate consultant, Ted Kennedy, who had his letter published recently in the Washington Post on 'Clean coal' fantasies go up in smoke. Read more below in Member Highlights. 

For those interested in implementing the circular economy in the DC region, we will conduct our second Working Group meeting on March 13th, 6-7:30 pm . (See more below.)  

In April, we will participate in the Northern Virginia Community College's Annual Green Festival at its Annandale Campus (in Fairfax, VA) scheduled for April 26th, 2018. This year's theme is "Towards Environmental Resilience in a Changing World".  See more here.

Our 2018 events also include:  
--June 8th, 1:00 - 5:00 pm, Leadership Retreat (in recognition of the United Nation's World Environment Day, focused on several Sustainable Development Goals including #7 on clean energy, #8 on decent work, and #9 on resilient infrastructure. Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Arlington, VA
--August 16th, 5th Annual Green Jobs Forum
--October 18th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, The Utility of the Future (with Resilient Virginia)
--November 30th, 5th Annual Four Generations Awards and Holiday Event 

Our Circular Economy working group will meet on taking steps to build a circular economy in the DC Region on Tuesday, March 13th, at the Shop Made in DC store from 6-7:30 pm.  If you are new to the group and wish to attend, please email 

This initiative builds on the Circular Economy workshop held last September and in prior years.  The circular economy refers to an industrial economy that is restorative, sustainable and collaborative by intention. It relies on renewable and clean resources: energy, water, materials, land. Through careful design, it aims to keep materials and products in circulation in closed loops and for longevity to eliminate waste.
Snapshots from   
2018 Clean Energy 
and Sustainability Extravaganza - 
Panels, Exhibits, & Reception/Door Prizes 

Aldrich Reuelraj, Ronak Shah, Vishnu Varun Babu, and Zachary Ferraro (with Association of Energy Engineers new University of Maryland Student Chapter) with Luminaid Solar Lantern Door Prize

Dr. Lynn Abramson, Executive Director, Clean Energy Business Network, meeting with attendees.

Joanne Ivancic, Executive Director, Advanced Biofuels USA, presenting at Business Panel.

Association of Energy Engineers, Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Luncheon with John Lord, AEE NCC President at podium

Laurie Vaudreuil, Katherine Magruder, and Rosa Cassidy - Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) panelists on "Career Perspectives in Cleantech from Women Leaders" panel

Dr. Catherine O'Brien Stephens, University of Maryland, Energy Research Center, meeting with attendees.

Mark Stewart , UMD Senior Sustainability Officer, presenting at 
University Panel

Jim Nagle, Edison Energy, presenting at second portion of Business Panel - Clean Power and Transportation Solutions.
Dr. Nandini Mouli, Moderator, of CWEEL panel

 Dr. Lynn Abramson, Moderator, of the Business Panel - first portion on Green Building Solutions
(l-r) Janine Finnell, Executive Director, Leaders in Energy with Carol McCaffrey and Miriam Aczel at Leaders in Energy Exhibit Table. 

(Foreground)  Dr. Nandini Mouli, President of the AEE-Baltimore Chapter, with Dr. Eric Wachsman, Executive Director of the Maryland Energy Innovation Institute at CWEEL Luncheon

Green Jobs Corner

  • Check out this recent article in Forbes called "How LinkedIn Groups Can Help You Find A Job," by Nancy Collamer.  Consider joining and participating in our LinkedIn group which can be found via the social media icon on our website ( 
  •   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.
NOTE: Is your company hiring?   Advertise your positions in our Leaders in Energy Green Jobs Corner. Contact John Gaffigan at

Leaders in Energy Member Highlights

Ted Kennedy, in our Leaders in Energy community, had his letter published by the Washington Post titled, 'Clean coal' fantasies go up in smoke. You can view it  here.  

Kennedy is a consultant on clean energy and climate, with extensive experience in financial, technical, and capacity building efforts with the World Bank Group, electric utilities, project investors, and domestic/international governmental agencies. 
Other Events of Interest

40th ACE Annual Meeting, " Community Engagement for Our Environment,"  Wednesday, March 14, 6 :30 to 9 p.m,  Navy League, 2300 Wilson Blvd., Arlington  Additional details here

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 and in our 2017 Year in Review.
If you are interested in learning more about Leaders in Energy and our activities, please feel free to join us via our mailing list.  Our membership is currently free. You may also wish to join us on social media, particularly our LinkedIn group known as Leaders in Energy Research, Communications, Policies & Analysis (LERCPA) which is a lively forum with 3000 members around the DC area, US, and globe exchanging information on clean energy and sustainability topics.  You can easily join our LinkedIn group via the social media icon on our website.

You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter .

If you have been attending our events and like our content, consider reaching out and inviting interested colleagues to join us.  Increasing the number of people in our network enhances its value for everyone to find clean energy and sustainability solutions by connecting with others on projects, jobs, developing working groups, etc. 
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

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 group, 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.  

For those who are interested in the circular economy, we will conduct our second working group on Tuesday, March 13th, 6-7:30 pm, at Shop Made in DC.  If you are new to the group and wish to attend, please RSVP to


Janine A. Finnell
Executive Director 
Leaders In Energy

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