Public Forum
The Leaders in Energy Circular Economy Working Group (CEWG) had an excellent turnout for the virtual viewing of The Story of Plastic: 47 unique views!

In addition, the CEWG May 27th meeting featured Justin Marino, Co-founder of Mason and Greens Sustainable Dry Goods Store in Alexandria on
"Exploring Local Reuse Models in the DMV and How They Are Adapting to a Post-COVID World." A video recording of the session and some free passes to The Story of Plastic are available by joining our CE Working Group which meets every Wednesday of the month!

Learn more here and/or reach out to Lara Ilao, CEWG Chair.
Planet of the Humans' Critique & A New Training from the Climate Reality Project
Despite dismal images of renewable energy from Michael Moore's "Planet of the Humans" (see Just Have a Think's critique for more), Al Gore's Climate Reality Project continues to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis.

The organization is now offering a free global training to climate leaders around the world from July 18-26!
Green Jobs
Despite a loss of 600,000 clean energy jobs due to the pandemic, many green jobs are still available! Furthermore, companies worth $2 Trillion in addition to city leaders around the world are pushing for a green recovery. Here are some opportunities from this week!

  • Volunteer Positions for Activities Coordinator, Digital Events Specialists and other opportunities, Leaders in Energy
Upcoming LE Events
“What’s Your Green Career Plan?”
"What’s the Best “Fit” for Your Career Path?"

Dates: Sat, May 30, 2020 and Sat., June 13, 2020

Time: 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Sign up now!
Other Events
The local Project Drawdown is hosting meetings on food sustainability! Reduced Food Waste , Mon, June 3rd at 1 PM
P EDC 2020 Summer Pitch "Night," Thurs, June 4, 2020, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
Energy Management Group CPower is holding a webinar on Wednesday, June 10 on " What Does the Future Look Like for Energy Storage in 2020 and Beyond?"
Bethesda Green’s Innovation Lab Presents: Entrepreneurs as Transformers
Thursday, June 11 2020,
3:00-6:00 pm
From the Blog
By Matthew Capuano-Rizzo

In this article, Matthew breaks down Givepower 's approach of using solar energy as an impact catalyst to improve peoples' lives.

We also learn from Givepower's Colombia Country Director Eduardo López about the organization's efforts on the ground!
The Economist's cover story this week examined the connection between the coronavirus pandemic and the climate crisis. The publication proposed solutions such as carbon pricing. It reviews the European Union's planned expansion of their Emissions Trading Scheme as the bloc pursues EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen's proposed Green Deal pandemic recovery package . Across the Atlantic, according to research from Columbia University , implementing the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 763), would reduce US greenhouse gas emissions by 36% by 2030.
This week, Rwanda became the first African nation to submit tougher climate commitments to the United Nations under the 2015 Paris Agreement. Citing increased vulnerability to floods and landslides that have destroyed more than 3,000 homes this year alone , Environment Minister Jeanne d'Arc Mujawamariya announced that the country would seek to cut emissions by 38% before 2030 through hydro and solar energy developments. President Paul Kagame (pictured above) has sought to be a leader on climate action, named a " Champion of the Earth, " by the UN Environmental Programme in 2016.
Thank you Kyle!
Kyle Saukas, a climate adviser and newsletter editor
Kyle Saukas is a Senior Communications Associate at the environmental policy group Climate Advisers in addition to a fellow at the nonprofit Clean Energy Leadership Institute . Due to his increasing responsibilities at these inspiring organizations, he can no longer curate the Leaders In Energy newsletter. We would like to thank Kyle for his time and dedication!

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