Dear Friend,

There are a lot of exciting things going on that I want to share with you, See my message below about activities in the pipeline that you may wish to participate in.

First, we are planning our Sixth Annual Four Generations (4GEN) Leaders in Clean Energy and Sustainable Solutions Awards & Holiday Celebration, scheduled for Friday, December 6, 2019. Our customary venue in Crystal City is not available this year as it is being renovated. Thus, we are reaching out to our community members who are working at companies and organizations with aligned missions who can support us in finding an event venue. See more details here. Feel free to reach out to me at with ideas and contacts.
Second, John Gaffigan on our Leaders in Energy (LE) team and I will be traveling to Richmond to attend the Virginia Clean Energy Summit. Six Virginia energy organizations, including Resilient Virginia, are conducting this event. If you are unable to attend in person and would like to reach out to a particular speaker, let us know at and we will try to facilitate that connection.
Third, 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.
I will end on a philosophical note. I feel that the upcoming Climate Strike March on Friday, September 20th, is of great importance to draw attention to how we must change our ways to address the existential threat of climate change. Erling Kagge in his book titled " Walking: One Step at a Time" observes that "It is easier for governments and societies to control us as long as we are sitting down. History is full of stories about those who did not remain seated and who thereby changed the course of history." (My bolding for emphasis). He gives the example of The Salt March, a 240-mile walk led by Gandhi that forced the British Empire to give up its salt monopoly. (NOTE: Erling Kagge is the first person to have completed on foot the Three Poles Challenge the North Pole, the South Pole, and the summit of Mount Everest.)
Since Greta Thunberg’s first school strike for climate a year ago, young people have revolutionized the way humanity perceives the scope of the climate crisis. On September 20, 2019, young people will kick off a worldwide week of action with an international strike. This time, adults will be joining the youth-led call for climate action to demand world leaders take meaningful steps to address this crisis with the urgency it requires.  The March starts on Sept. 20, 2019, 11 a.m. and ends Sept. 20, 2019, 2 p.m. EDT.

There are many organizations participating. Here is an EventBrite RSVP link from the Climate Reality Project NOVA members for those who would like to march with others. (I will be marching with my Unitarian Universalist social justice colleagues).

See info below on green job openings as well as our upcoming events. LE will be conducting a Circular Economy Working Group meeting at Atlas Brew Works on 9/18. LE is also partnering on a Networking Reception with energy professionals from around the DC area, US, and world on 9/26 with the Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) at the AEE World Energy Conference at the DC Convention Center, and participating in the CHARGE 2019 Energy Branding Conference on 9/30-10/1 in Iceland. I will be moderating the Green Energy panel and also served as an Awards Judge. If I can help in making any contacts on behalf of our LE community members at that conference, feel free to reach out to me.

Our new blog articles include a recap article on a number of our Green Jobs Forums exhibitors and more below.
In This Publication
  • Green Job Openings
  • Leaders in Energy Events
  • Other Events
  • New Blogs
  • Bookmarked
Green Jobs Openings
BlueGreen Alliance - Policy Advisor
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions - Policy Fellow
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions - Communications Associate
World Resources Institute - Sr. Knowledge & Outreach Specialist
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
Leaders in Energy Events
Circular Economy Working Group
Host: Leaders in Energy and Atlas Brew Works
The Circular Economy Working Group will meet at and with the Atlas Brew Works team and learn how they became a local pioneer in sustainability, a 100% solar operated org, and a recent winner of the DOEE sustainability award. 
Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) Events at the AEE World Energy Conference
Sept. 26th at the DC Walter Washington Convention Center
Host: CWEEL with Leaders in Energy as a supporting organization
Join CWEEL during National Clean Energy Week for either a breakfast, networking session, or evening reception co-hosted with Leaders in Energy. Information on all three events can be found at the link below.
CHARGE2019 Conference in Iceland
Sept. 30th-Oct. 1st in Reykjavik
Leaders in Energy will be participating in CHARGE, the knowledge and networking platform for energy brands, in Iceland this September 30th and October 1st.
Other Events of Interest
Sept. 13th at Carmine's, 425 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC
Host: US Association for Energy Economics National Capitol Area Chapter
Virginia Climate Crisis Forum
Sept. 17th at the First Baptist Church of Vienna, 450 Orchard Street, NW, Vienna VA
Host: Faith for the Climate Alliance Solutions
Virginia Clean Energy Summit
Sept. 17th at the Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St, Richmond, VA
The goal of the Summit is to highlight opportunities and encourage collaboration that speeds the development of a green economy.
Youth Climate Strike
Sept. 20th Washington, D.C.
Host: Patagonia
Need a rallying point for snacks, water, or rest during the Youth Climate Strike? Patagonia in Georgetown is here to help and support our climate champions!
Arlington Vote on 100% Clean Electricity + Celebration Rally!
Sept. 21st at 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, Virginia 22201
Host: Sierra Club
Come out to the September County Board Meeting when the Arlington Energy Plan will be voted upon with the potential for the Board to approve a 100% renewable electricity community by 2035 plan!
UN Climate Action Summit
Sept. 23rd New York City
UN Secretary-General António Guterres will host the 2019 Climate Action Summit to meet the climate challenge. 
National Clean Energy Week | Policy Makers Symposium 2019
Sept. 26th at the National Press Club 529 14th Street Northwest 13th Floor Washington, DC
Join other clean energy professionals and advocates at the 2019 National Clean Energy Week Policy Makers Symposium to meet and discuss the future of clean energy.
7th Annual Job Fair
Oct. 11th at the University of Maryland - A. James Clark Hall 
Host: The Association of Energy Engineers - National Capital Chapter
The event will be an excellent opportunity for student and professionals to contact leader companies in energy, engineering, sustainability, consulting, and project management. 
U.S. Green Building Council: Net Zero Schools Summit
Oct. 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!

Maryland Clean Energy Center Conference
October 22nd at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
Host: Maryland Clean Energy Center
Learn More . (Early bird registration ends on Sept. 20).
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!
This is a new section to share interesting articles and reports that Leaders in Energy members are reading. If you have worked on a project that is published or have recommendations on content that is relevant to our community, please share with
What can we really learn from the Democrat Presidential Candidate Climate Change Town Hall? See more of what some believe we could expect on Day 1 of a Democratic Presidency in 2020.
Two new Rocky Mountain Institute reports say that we've crossed the point where renewables + storage are cheaper than natural gas, and that the "bridge fuel" has served its purpose. Read more and attend their webinar to discuss.
Join this webinar on Sept. 19th to learn more about state carbon pricing campaigns and why businesses across the United States are supporting them.
As Democratic candidates are promising a wave of new green jobs focused on rebuilding unions as centerpieces of their climate policies. The struggle between L.A. County's electricity utility union's opposition to a new solar + storage plant, and recent defeat, shines light on why those goals might be easier said than done.
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Janine Finnell
Executive Director

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