Dear {First Name},

We wanted to let you know that our Leaders in Energy newsletter will now become a bi-weekly publication sent to you on Fridays. This will ensure that truly useful content will be part of every newsletter for you to enjoy. So keep an eye out for our emails and thanks for reading!
In This Letter
  • Bookmarked (A new section on what we're reading)
  • From the Field: UMD College Park Engineering Sustainability Day Highlights
  • New Blogs
  • Event Updates
This is a new section to share interesting articles and reports that we at Leaders in Energy are reading. If you have worked on a project that is published or have recommendations on content that is relevant to the community please share with

We felt this piece by the Washington Post Magazine consisting of 24 "cover pages" focused on climate change was an innovative way to address an issue that can often be overwhelming.

A new report from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago finds that the popular policy of renewable portfolio standards may not be the most cost-effective pro-climate policy and raises retail electricity prices. The findings raised much opposition on #energy twitter and the renewable industries advocates.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority introduced its first Energy Action Plan to reduce energy, emissions and long-term operating costs. You can read the full plan here.

We were alerted to a white paper by one of our LE members titled "Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy." It was published in July of last year. 

It was also mentioned in a Google talk given by Terry Patten. The paper is written by Dr. Jem Bendell, Professor of Sustainability Leadership and Founder of the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) at the University of Cumbria (UK).

You may find it worthwhile to set aside some time to read through it, even if you don't want to or don't believe in or like his conclusions. Bendall has a Deep Adaptation Forum for those who are further interested.
From the Field
( Shown l-r): Linda Mansdorf (LE Volunteer Coordinator), Shelli Bond (UMD Student Volunteer), Christopher Peoples (LE Volunteer and Managing Partner, Peoples Partners and Associates, LLC); Catherine O'Brien Stephens (Senior Faculty Specialist and Research Coordinator, Maryland Energy Innovation Center); Katherine Magruder (Executive Director, Maryland Clean Energy Center); and Janine Finnell (Executive Director, LE).
Leaders in Energy attended the recent University of Maryland (UMD) College Park Engineering Sustainability Day to share our mission of building a community focused on sustainability for the sake of tomorrow, today.

We had volunteers exhibit at a table to recruit new members and reach out to potential new partners. A great write up of the event can be found here courtesy of Advanced Biofuels USA.

We also wanted to let you know about a new report from UMD's Center for Global Sustainability titled "Workshop Report: Accelerating Climate-Mitigating Technology Development and Deployment." UMD brought together leading academic researchers, modelers, investors, and policymakers to examine how to combine technical and policy perspectives of clean energy innovation to accelerate climate change mitigation.
New Blogs: Careers, Carbon Capture & D.C. Law's Real Estate Impacts
If you would like to write an article for our blog, please reach out to Miriam Aczel,
By: Shelli Bond
See how one of our own gained strengthened ambition and skills for her bright green career path.
By: Khadija Khan
Missed our green careers workshop? Fear not, Khadija has laid out what you need to know to ignite your own career path.
By: Ben Anthony & Peter Clough
Heard about carbon capture storage (CCS) and still not sure what the buzz is about? Check out this brief intro on CCS and why it's seeing revived interest in this post.
By: Anica Landreneau
How will action on climate change that meets the challenge we face show up in our life? Read the insights from one of D.C.'s green building experts to see how these action will hit "home" in the district.
Events You'll Love

Tuesday, April 30; Workshop: Reversing Global Warming-Introduction to Drawdown: 6 :30 - 9 pm (snacks at 6:30pm, program at 7pm); Centreville Library. 14200 St Germain Dr, Centreville, VA 20121. Click here to RSVP; Sponsors: Climate Action Group of UUCF, Sierra Club Great Falls Group, 350 Fairfax, 350 Loudoun.

Wednesday, May 1st; Circular Economy Working Group
6:00 - 7:00 PM Held at Lost & Found next to the Convention Center our Circular Economy Working Group seeks to emulate nature by closing the loop of resource use and recycling, where nothing is wasted and everything serves a purpose.

Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Fossil Energy (Tentative Date) May 30 - More Info to Come
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Janine Finnell
Executive Director

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