Happy New Year!  I hope that you enjoyed the holidays and are managing to stay warm in this extremely cold weather that we have been experiencing.  
We are looking forward to a fun, wonderful, and impactful 2018.  

We have a New Look for the New Year with our Leaders in Energy website refresh. We invite you to check it out at leadersinenergy.org

Please let us know about any additional ideas that you might have that you would like to see featured on our site by contacting Travis High, our Blog Editor (thigh@leadersinenergy.org). 

The RECAP article on our Four Generations event featuring our awardees is now available along with recordings of their acceptance speeches. We also have a number of the photos from our event on our Photo Gallery.

Our  4th annual Green Finance event on clean energy project financing  will take place on Thursday, January 18th, from 6 - 8:30 pm, with co-host energy incubator, Potential Energy DC.  See more event details here or below. 

We will also be offering our popular Green Career workshop on Wednesday, January 24th, from 6- 9 pm, taught by Dr. Beth Offenbacker, Leaders in Energy Advisor and Principal with Waterford Inc.  See more event details here or below. 

We are planning our 4th Clean Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza (with the Association of Energy Engineers) to take place on Friday, February 23, 2018 at the University of Maryland-College Park. 

Details on registration for these events are provided further below in this newsletter. 


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

We have been impressed by the blog of one of our Leaders in Energy members titled "North Star" which symbolizes 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.

We are seeking your entries by Wednesday, January 31, 2018.  Please send them to directly to Travis High at thigh@leadersinenergy.org.


Clean Energy Financing: Where the Rubber Meets the Road. 
Thursday, January 18th, 6-8:30 pm, at WeWork Wonder Bread Factory Office in Washington, DC. (with Potential Energy DC) 

Energy and sustainability solutions are often sold through complex financing arrangements such as power purchase agreements (PPAs), sale leaseback, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), and other mechanisms. So, what does that mean to those of us trying to launch products into the market, build startups, and change the world? We need to get a project financing MBA yesterday!

On January 18, you need to be at the Leaders in Energy/Potential Energy co-sponsored social panel event at WeWork Wonder Bread. Leaders in Energy and Potential Energy will be bringing together the dream team of energy project financing. Come listen to and meet experts from across the region to help get your products and solutions into the market by understanding the levers of project finance. 

Stay tuned for additional speakers.

Registration includes program, pizza, and beverages. 

Meet Our Speakers

Thomas Deyo, CEO, Montgomery County Green Bank

Tom Deyo is the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Montgomery County Green Bank (MCGB). He brings his finance, operations, and mission-strong background to accelerate MGCB's goal of bringing greater access to clean energy and energy efficiency financing for households, businesses, and institutions in Montgomery County, MD.

Deyo has over 30 years of experience in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors in financing and investment, technical assistance, knowledge building, and grant making in housing and community development and green programs. Deyo has established numerous initiatives and programs in green outcomes, community investment, and real estate development and management. Deyo has worked at the national level with financial services institutions and nonprofit intermediaries. His work has delivered products and services to local civic and nonprofit organizations, with a focus on their low- and moderate-income constituents.

Deyo joins MCGB from NeighborWorks America where he led its division focused on real estate development and management and green strategies for nine years. Prior to NeighborWorks, Deyo was at Fannie Mae for fourteen years where he worked extensively with the company's field operations and partners. He worked throughout the company to advance tailored single-family and multifamily mortgage and investment products that responded to local market needs. Deyo has been a resident of Montgomery County for nearly 30 years. Tom is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago and University of Virginia.

Jon Powers, Co-Founder and President, CleanCapital

Jon Powers is the Co-Founder and President of CleanCapital.   His responsibilities include leading corporate strategy and development, investor relations, and marketing. His passion for clean energy derives from his time served with the US Army in Iraq and the realization that a clean energy economy is vital to protect America's national security interests.

After helping revolutionize the US Army's energy program, Powers was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Federal Chief Sustainability Officer. While in this role, Powers recognized the need to address the inefficiencies in clean energy finance.  Powers was named to Washington Life's Top 25 Tech Leader for DC, 2016.

Powers has a Masters degree from The Johns Hopkins University in Global Security Studies - Energy Security.

Cullen Kasunic, DG/Cleantech Project Finance Expert, Kasunic Consulting

Cullen Kasunic, Distributed Generation/Cleantech Project Financing Expert, is a Principal with Kasunic Consulting.  He is an expert in building and evaluating first-of-their-kind solar, wind, biofuel, and energy efficiency project finance structures.  Kasunic is the co-founder of a leading distributed wind developer, United Wind, which has raised over $250M in project capital to date.

Kasunic is currently underwriting large commercial solar transactions at Public Service Enterprise Group (PSE&G), consulting to early-stage energy companies on how to enhance their business through project finance, and providing expert advice to project investors.  His clients have included leaders in the space such as Sealed Inc., Generate Capital, and Optimus Technologies.

Kasunic holds an MBA focused on technology innovation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Bachelors in Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis from the State University of NY at Albany.

Green Jobs - Current and Future Trends - Workshop for all Career Levels

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

Wednesday, January 24th, 6-9 pm, at The McCormick Group, 1525 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209

$25 Early Bird (before 1/17), $35 Regular

This 120-minute career management workshop is designed for people at all career levels who want to make the world a better place - whether you're looking to enter the Green Jobs field, move up, or over.  

Registration includes a workbook with exercises and resources and refreshments (pizza and light beverages).  Note that seating is limited and our last Green Career Workshop sold out so those wishing to attend may wish to register early to make sure to secure a seat. 

"Clean energy and sustainability now collectively represent 4-4.5 million jobs in the U.S., up from 3.4 million in 2011." - "Now Hiring: The Growth of America's Clean Energy & Sustainability Jobs", Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps, 2017

Participants will begin to develop a personalized Career Plan, which includes:
  1. Assessing Yourself: Your Career Strengths, Preferences, and What You Have to Offer
  2. Exploring Career Options, Right Now and for the Future
  3. Creating a Career Plan and Setting Goals
  4. Expand Your Skills and Network
  5. Finding Your Next Job 
This action-based workshop uses experiential exercises and provides practical tools and resources for your career management plan. 
Come prepared to learn about yourself, and how you can take the next step in support of your success in the green economy.

An electronic version of the workbook provided.  

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

The McCormick Group
1525 Wilson Blvd, #550
Arlington, VA 22209

4th annual Clean Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza, University of Maryland- College Park, Friday, February 23rd,  11 am - 7:30 pm (with the Association of Energy Engineers)

We are planning our 4th annual Clean Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza," for Friday, February 23rd at the University of Maryland - College Park. 

The Extravaganza will include a 3-part event: 
1) the Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) luncheon and panel session on STEM and related careers' 
2) University Showcase focusing on Cleantech Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and 
3) Networking Reception.  

Stay tuned for further information on registration.
Recording and Recap Article Now Available -- Hear Insights from our Five Leaders in Energy Awardees 

The theme for this year's awards was "The Urgency of Now," where we recognized leaders who are raising awareness and developing clean energy and sustainable solutions, with a visible sense of urgency.  

See the recap article here which includes recordings from our speakers.

Leaders in Energy is Building a Global Action Network

We have been busy this year building a global action network to advance clean energy and sustainable solutions. More on our mission and three key areas of focus can be viewed here
 We encourage you to join our Leaders in Energy community at our website ( leadersinenergy.org ) 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 us.  Expanding our numbers will help us to increase our voice and impact on clean energy and sustainability issues.
Upcoming Leaders in Energy Events in 2018

Let us know what topics that you would like Leaders in Energy to consider for its events in 2018.  

Leaders in Energy "Ambassador" Program

For those members located in other US Metro areas and 100+ countries, we are working on rolling out a Leaders in Energy "Ambassador" program.  If you are in the DC area and would like to work with us in developing this program to connect with those outside the region, feel free to contact me as well.  If you are interested in learning more, send me a note at jfinnell@leadersinenergy.org. 

Green Jobs Corner

Is Your Company Hiring?  
  • Advertise your position in our Leaders in Energy Green Jobs Corner. Contact John Gaffigan at  jgaffigan@leadersinenergy.org
  • Leaders in Energy Partnership with Green Jobs Network: Post a job opening on the 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.
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 thigh@leadersinenergy.org.

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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