We are pleased to announce that our nominations are now open for our annual "Four Generations of Leaders in Clean Energy and Sustainable Solutions Awards" -- known as "The Four Gen Awards."

This will be Leaders in Energy’s fifth year to conduct this very successful event which will feature honorees from each of the four generations, e.g., World War II, Baby Boomer, Gen X, and Millennial/Gen Z who exemplify leadership in the clean energy and sustainability arena. Awardees will be recognized for their accomplishments and they will share their lessons learned and advice on leadership with our audience. See information here on our past Four Gen Awardees.

This year’s theme is “Becoming a Leader by Empowering Ourselves, and Others, to Create a Better and Greener World.” What do we mean by “Becoming a Leader?”  These are people who empower themselves and step up to take responsibility, to make the world a better and greener place for humanity and for all the natural world.  In our homes, in our neighborhoods and communities, in our workplaces, cities, states, and countries – we need leaders on every front and at every level. From solo change leaders, to leaders of others, we are honoring individuals who have taken the initiative to make a difference!

Learn more at our Awards here. To submit a nomination, click the button below. The nomination deadline is Friday, October 19th, by midnight.
Our Utilities of the Future event will take place on Thursday, October 4th, from 6:00 - 8:30 pm, at the U.S. Navy Memorial. Our industry experts are from the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the Environmental Defense Fund, and the MIT Energy Initiative. See more information below. Our early bird special runs through Thursday, September 27th, so be sure to register below to take advantage of the discount.
On October 25th we will conduct a circular economy event with the Embassy of Canada and the Quebec Government Office on "Transforming Waste to Advance the Circular Economy" from 9:00 - 11:30 am. See more details further below.

Other events happening in DC include National Clean Energy Week (NCEW) from September 24-28th. Leaders in Energy is a participating organization. See more information on NCEW here as well as in our Other Events section.

A job opening has just been posted by the Stewards of Affordable Housing. Learn more below in our Green Jobs Corner.
Utilities of the Future - How to Modernize the Grid and Decarbonize Our Energy System
October 4, 2018
Utilities of the Future Educational Forum
(at the U.S. Navy Memorial)
Washington DC on October 4, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Leaders in Energy will conduct its "Utilities of the Future" Educational Forum at U.S. Navy Memorial on Thursday, October 4th, 6:00 – 8:30 pm (please note the venue and slight time change from our earlier announcements). Topics include how the electric grid can be a key driver in decarbonizing our energy system as new technologies and policies create pathways to a new paradigm for utilities. Our event partner is Resilient Virginia and our venue will take place at the U.S. Navy Memorial.

Our speakers include industry experts from the Edison Electric Institute, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Energy Initiative. Topics include:

  • grid modernization, electrification, and the future of the electric grid
  • distributed energy resources, including renewable energy, storage, and demand management
  • transactive energy and a participatory grid
  • the potential for decarbonizing the grid
  • disruptive technologies and policies that can facilitate an evolved electric grid
  • setting expectations – optimistic vs realistic scenarios on the pace of change over the next few years

NOTE: Early bird discounts are available through 9/27 as well as job seeker and student rates. Pizza and beverages included with admission. Network with others in the industry and/or who are interested in these topics.

Learn more about our event program and speakers here .

U.S. Navy Memorial
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004  (Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter stop on Metro’s Yellow and Green Lines.)
Note: The US Navy Memorial is located next to the ThinkFoodLab on right side of the Memorial Plaza.

Our Speakers
John Caldwell, Ph.D.
Edison Electric Institute
Cyril Draffin
MIT Energy Initiative
Elizabeth Brooke Stein Environmental Defense Fund
Transforming Waste to Advance the Circular Economy, October 25, 2018
The Embassy of Canada and the Quebec Government Office is partnering with Leaders in Energy to host a circular economy event titled "Transforming Waste to Advance the Circular Economy." The event will take place on Thursday, October 25th, 9:00 - 11:30 am at the Embassy of Canada.  

This is invite only. Those who have attended our Circular Economy events will be sent an invitation. Others who would like to attend, please send an email to to be added to the invitation list.  Note that there is no charge to attend and that the event also includes a light breakfast.  More details on the program to be forthcoming.

Event location: The Embassy of Canada, 501 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001.  
Green Jobs Corner & LE Green Jobs (Talent) Working Group
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.

  • See more green career job information, job boards, etc. at our Leaders in Energy Career Resources page here.

NOTE: Is your company hiring?  Advertise your positions in our Leaders in Energy Green Jobs Corner. Contact John Gaffigan, Director of Membership and Sponsorship, at


  • Position Opening for a Building Code Inspector at the DC Department of Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA). Learn more about the position here. Reach out to Bryan Bomer at DCRA at, if you have questions.
  • Position Opening for Program Associate, Health Outcomes at the Stewards of Affordable Housing (SAHF). SAHF is a collaborative of thirteen exemplary multi-state nonprofit affordable housing providers who own more than 138,000 affordable rental homes.  Learn more here.
Articles on Clean Energy Trends & More!
Check out some of our recent articles below on our blog. Do you want to share your expertise on clean energy and sustainability topics?

If you are interested in submitting an article, contact our LE Director of Communications, Miriam Aczel , at
Tips and Tricks for Clean Green Business Operations

The power of collective environmental action should not be a surprise when it comes to promoting the transition to a cleaner, greener planet. There are many  simple changes you can make  to embrace a more  sustainable lifestyle . But how can businesses, particularly those first starting out, embrace the same techniques to reduce their carbon footprint, and encourage others to do the same?
Read more here.
Rethink, Reduce, and Reuse: Textile Edition!

Did you know? If you’re an average North American, you’ll throw out  81 lbs of textile waste  (shoes, sheets, blankets, coats, underwear, clothing, etc) every single year! Our landfills are filling up faster than ever, and consumption is a national pastime, yet fashion is one of the single most polluting industries on Earth. The good news is, there’s lots YOU can do about it!
What is the Triple Bottom Line and Why is it Crucial for Business Success?

The ‘ triple bottom line,’  a phrase first coined by John Elkington in 1994, is a concept that expands how a business’s performance is measured to include social and environmental goals to its financial bottom line.

The triple bottom line is therefore used as a measure of a company’s economic performance and valuation, its level of corporate  social responsibility  (CSR), as well as its environmental sustainability standards and impacts.

And it matters: for example, a 2013 study by Cone Communications and Echo Research  showed that 82 percent  of consumers in the United States considered the company’s CSR when deciding where to purchase goods and services.
The HERA Group: from Local Utility to Global Sustainable Development

A unique approach that could change the way utilities do business around the world

Today I want to bring to the attention of the reader The Hera Group (Gruppo Hera), an Italian multi-utility that with its unique business strategy respects the environment while creating shared value to its customers.

The company brings innovation on all fronts, from Circular Economy, Utility 4.0, Smart City, to Customer Experience.
Our LE 2018 Calendar - Save the Dates
Utilities of the Future, Thursday, October 4 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 pm, (with Resilient Virginia), at the U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC. Early bird rates through Thursday, September 27th and discounts available for job seekers and students. Pizza and beverages included with admission. Register here.

Transforming Waste to Advance the Circular Economy , Thursday, October 25, 2018, 9 - 11:30 am. Event hosted by the Embassy of Canada and the Quebec Government Office with Leaders in Energy. Event location: The Embassy of Canada, 501 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001.  Invite only. Send email to if you would like to be added to the invitation list.

5th Annual Four Generations Awards and Holiday Event, Friday, November 30, 2018, 6:00-9:00 pm, at the Crystal Condominium Complex, Arlington, VA.
Other Events In the DC Metro Area
and World with LE Partners
National Clean Energy Week Symposium. Wednesday, September 26, 2018 from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT) National Press Club, 529 14th Street Northwest. 13th Floor 
Washington, DC 20045. Register here .

Maryland Clean Energy Center. "Gearing Up for the Future: Energy Innovation to Advance Grid Efficiency, Resiliency & Security. October 8-10, 2018, The Hotel of the University of Maryland. Register here .

Bethesda Green, 10th Anniversary Gala. Thursday, October 18, 2018. Hosted by the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Register here.  

EcoAction Arlington EcoExtravaganza - Celebrating 40 Years, Friday, October 19, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT at the Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA. Register here .
Learn More About Leaders in Energy
Leaders in Energy is a community of engaged leaders advancing solutions for a sustainable energy system, economy, and world. We are a non-profit organization based in Washington with a worldwide membership.

Our programs connect stakeholders who have valuable knowledge and are passionate about contributing to the development of sustainable and environmentally responsible communities.   For example, we help to connect green job seekers with employers; business suppliers to markets, investors with innovators, and empower individuals to work together with other multi-generational Leaders to create a better and greener world.  

Janine Finnell
Executive Director
Leaders in Energy

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