Dear Friend,

I was proud to represent our Leaders in Energy community at the Charge 2019 Energy Branding Conference last week in Reykjavik, Iceland – a country known for being a green energy leader! 
I moderated the Innovation and Green Energy panel on “Energy, Tourism, and the Circular Economy." This panel focused on the important role of geothermal energy and how this resource is being utilized to create additional green industries and jobs, e.g., the water utilized by the Blue Lagoon health spa is a byproduct from the nearby Svartsengi geothermal power plant. Ásgeir Margeirsson, CEO of H.S. Orka, spoke about how geothermal energy is producing more than just hot water and electricity. The H.S. Orka Resource Park, a sustainable industrial park, is developing many spin-off products from geothermal resources including renewable fuels such as methanol and high-value products such as fish meal from sustainable fisheries, cosmetics, and more. On the topic of the Blue Lagoon being named one of the 25 wonders of the world, Grímur Sæmundsen, CEO of Blue Lagoon, injected some levity by saying “God made 24. I made the 25th.”  
Janine Finnell, Leaders in Energy discussing energy and circular economy topics with Ásgeir Margeirsson, CEO of H.S. Orka and Grímur Sæmundsen, CEO of the Blue Lagoon (from right to left (Photo Credit: Carina G. Correia).

Key takeaways included: 

  • The topic of energy is hot. "There is no other category on the planet more dead-smack in the middle of the entire global consciousness than energy....Perhaps no other consumer, business, national or planetary issue is more center stage with more persistence than 'energy' "  (Thom Kennon, Founder of Free Radical, a consulting firm based in New York)
Thom Kennon, Founder, Free Radicals, Human to Human Marketing presentation at Charge Conference 2019.
  • The President of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, stated that we need to think about sustainable solutions that benefit us all. While energy is a commodity that can be marketed, produced, bought, and sold, we can also think of energy as a human right. Although Iceland is a green energy leader, a third energy revolution is needed to supply low carbon energy in transportation.

  • The bad news is ...that the pace of the energy transition is not happening fast enough. The Norway-based DNV GL company, an independent third-party provider of assurance and risk management services to the energy sector, in their just published “Energy Transition Outlook 2019”, provides an analysis of the demand-and-supply aspects of the energy transformation. 

  • One piece of positive news is ...regulatory incentives (particularly in the U.S. states) are driving innovation in pricing, performance monitoring, and delivery. These incentives are creating increased value for customers, producers, distributors, and investors. See this slide by Thom Kennon for examples including New York and its Non-Transmission Alternatives regulation (2018-00171).
In This Publication
  • Four Generation Awards Nominations Open
  • Green Job Openings
  • Green Career Momentum on 10/22
  • Leaders in Energy Events
  • Other Events
  • New Blogs
  • Bookmarked
Four Generations Awards
Nominations Open
We are excited to announce our 6th annual “Four Generations of Leaders in Clean Energy and Sustainable Solutions Awards” – The Four Gen Awards! The Awards Program and Holiday Celebration will take place on Friday, December 6, 2019, 6-9 pm (venue to be announced).

This year's theme is “Alliances for Action: Coalitions, Collaborations, and Partnerships."

Former U.S. Department of Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz, recently said that we are currently "crawling the talk" in addressing climate change whereas we need to be "walking the talk" and greatly accelerating the energy transition. He recommended the building of partnerships and coalitions as an important strategy to speed necessary change.

This year's awards seek to recognize those who are working to build coalitions, collaborations, and partnerships to accelerate change. The recent Climate March is one example of how individuals and organizations came together to develop a shared agenda and take collaborative action. Other examples include innovative multidisciplinary projects where work is taking place across sector "silos".

The Four Gen Awards recognize multigenerational leadership and talent that are helping us to advance technological, economic, and social solutions for the health and benefit of our planet in each of the four generations, e.g., World War II, Baby Boomer, Gen X, and Millennial/Gen Z.
The awardees will share their insights at our event to help inspire action and leadership for others to be similarly encouraged to step up and make an impact. See more details on this year's theme and submit your nominations below. (See past awardees, themes, and previous events here).  Deadline: Wednesday, October 23rd, by midnight EST.  
Green Jobs Openings
BlueGreen Alliance - Policy Advisor
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions - Policy Fellow
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions - Communications Associate
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments - Two climate and energy specialists and a Deputy Executive Director
Montgomery County Green Bank, Chief Investment Officer
World Wildlife Fund - Science Outreach Associate
World Resources Institute - AEP Grant Management Consultant
World Resources Institute - CAEP Senior Grant Management Consultant
U.S. Green Building Council - Energy Programs Client Solutions Lead
Green Career Momentum
Plug Into Your Green Career: Green Career Momentum Launches on Tuesday Oct 22 (online)
Green Career Momentum (GCM)  is a career development program and job network for those seeking new opportunities. The Leaders in Energy program consists of:

  • Six Group Coaching sessions (90 minutes each) conducted bi-weekly online via Zoom, that guide you in developing your Green Career Portfolio as part of your Green Career search.
  • Three coaching sessions (30 minutes each) as part of the program. These are one-on-one sessions with Coach Dr. Beth Offenbacker that can be used to work on your search strategy, conduct practice interviews, or other aspects of your Green Career Portfolio.
  • The program includes a comprehensive workbook with exercises and resources.

Registration $197 Early Bird (Before Oct 15) Regular $227 (Student rates also available) Sessions are held via Zoom and all are recorded. Participation is limited.


Tuesday, Oct 22nd
Tuesday, Nov 5th
Tuesday, Nov 19th
Tuesday, Dec 3rd
Tuesday, Dec 17th
Tuesday, Jan 7th
All sessions are from 6:30-8 pm Eastern.
Leaders in Energy Events
Circular Economy Working Group
October 23, 2019, 6-8 pm, We Work, Dupont Circle, Washington DC
Host: Leaders in Energy
Hear Stella Turnay on biophilic cities and how this relates to the circular economy. We are also hosting a challenge to see who can complete the most courses on the Ellen McArthur Foundation Learning Hub.
Interested in Helping to Make an Impact and Meeting
Other Like-Minded Individuals?

We will be conducting two Leaders in Energy strategic planning sessions on 10/19 and 11/2 at the Arlington Westover Library. The October session will examine sustainable funding approaches and models for LE. The November session will focus on broader strategic planning to help us shape our vision and programs for 2020 and beyond. If you are interested in getting further involved with our LE community, come and join us for either or both of these sessions! Contact to RSVP.
Other Events of Interest
7th Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Annual Job Fair
October 11th at the University of Maryland - James A. Clark Hall 
Host: AEE - National Capital Chapter
The event will be an excellent opportunity for students and professionals to make contact with leading companies in energy, engineering, sustainability, consulting, and project management. 
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC): Net Zero Schools Summit
October 17th at the Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD
Host: USGBC National Capital Region Community
The very first DMV Net Zero Schools Summit!
Benefits of the Smart Grid and What is on the Horizon
18 October 2019 12:00 PM (EDT), Chinatown Garden, 618 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Host: The National Capital Area Chapter of the United States Association for Energy Economics
EcoExtravaganza 2019
October 18th at Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington
Host: Arlington EcoAction
This event will celebrate our waterways from source to sea.
Maryland Clean Energy Center Conference
October 22nd at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
Host: Maryland Clean Energy Center
eXchange ‘19 Carbon Solutions Summit
October 23rd at Rockville Memorial Library 21 Maryland Ave, Rockville, MD 20850
Host: Climate XChange
Gender and Energy: Considerations for a Diverse and Inclusive Energy Sector
October 23rd 9:30 - 12:45 at OAS General Secretariat, 1889 F Street, Washington DC, DC 20006
Host: Organization of American States (Janine Finnell, Leaders in Energy, will be a panelist)
Scaling Carbon Removal
October 31st at 1225 Eye Street NW Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20005
Host: Bipartisan Policy Center
New Blogs
If you would like to write an article for our blog, please contact Miriam Aczel at: Visit our website to see even more great blogs!
By: Extinction Rebellion
Strange bedfellows are coming together to form a new "Rebel Alliance" to fight for action on climate change.
By: Miram Aczel
See who else participated as an exhibitor at the Green Jobs Forum.
If you have an article that is published or have recommendations on content that is relevant to our community, please share with Kyle Saukas at:
The IPCC approved and accepted this report at its 51st Session held on 20 – 23 September 2019. The approved Summary for Policymakers (SPM) developed to convey the importance of impacts and available solutions for all audiences.
The report outlines a 10-year RD&D initiative to bring to commercial readiness innovative CDR technologies at gigaton scale, at technology-specific cost targets, with minimal ecological impacts.
“A comprehensive climate bill is not going to be possible this Congress, but we know there are meaningful policies that stand a chance of garnering bipartisan, bicameral support in this current moment,” Rep. Paul Tonko ( D-NY).
There is a remarkable opportunity to transform food and land use systems, but as the challenges are growing, we need to act with great urgency. The global report from the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) proposes a reform agenda – centred around ten critical transitions – of real actionable solutions.
Three scientists won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work leading to the development of lithium-ion batteries. The prize went to John Goodenough, 97, of the University of Texas; M. Stanley Whittingham, 77, of the State University of New York at Binghamton; and Akira Yoshino, 71, of Asahi Kasei Corporation and Meijo University.
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Janine Finnell
Executive Director

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