Dear Friend,
I hope that you are doing well. It is very concerning to hear the news about the impact of COVID-19 in the clean energy industry and overall economy and to learn about the record numbers of those facing unemployment due to the health pandemic. On the bright side, four of our members recently landed jobs in the energy and sustainability industry.

Leaders in Energy member, Ilyse Veron, was recently sparked by ideas coming from our April Circular Economy Working Group which featured speakers working on diverting food waste to serve those seeking food assistance. This led Ilyse to examine how people seeking assistance in these times could easily find these resources by their zip code. See what she learned in our Public Forum section.

We also invite those seeking green jobs and career opportunities to attend our upcoming  Green Career Workshops on May 30th and June 13th as well as attend our informational session on Monday, May 18th. Learn more under Events further below.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of David S. Freeman, clean energy luminary, who was honored at our Four Generations of Leaders Awards in 2017. Read more about his life in our tribute below to him.

See more resources on upcoming events, our recent blogs, and recommended articles in our Bookmarked section below.
In This Publication
  • Remembering David S. Freeman
  • Public Forum
  • Green Job Openings
  • Leaders in Energy Events & Programs
  • Other Events of Interest
  • New & Recent Blogs
  • Bookmarked
Remembering David S. Freeman
David S. Freeman, who was honored in 2017 at our Leaders in Energy Four Generations of Leaders in Clean Energy and Sustainable Solutions (FOURGEN) for his lifetime achievement in the energy industry passed away on Tuesday. May 12, 2020. Freeman provided progressive leadership to major public utilities such as the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. In addition, he served on the staffs of Presidents Johnson, Nixon, and Carter. His most recent books include, “All Electric America: A Climate Solution and the Hopeful Future” and an autobiography entitled, "The Green Cowboy: An Energetic Life.

Read more about his inspiring life in his obituary.
You can see David Freeman's award remarks on "The Urgency of Now," Leaders In Energy's generational leaders celebration in 2017.
Public Forum
LE Member, Ilyse Veron, Writes About Helping People to Access Food and Other Resources by Zip Code

Our recent Circular Economy Working Group (CEWG) Zoom session focused on how COVID-19 is impacting food recovery initiatives. Speakers Kate Urbank (DC Site Director at Food Rescue US) and Jackie Wincek (Procurement and Sustainability Specialist at DC Central Kitchen, who works with CEWG Leader Gaby Seltzer) pointed out that sometimes it's important to know right away if someone in an area needs otherwise perishable food - especially now.

From that exchange about who might have that information by zip code, Ilyse Veron identified Aunt Bertha and other resources recommended by the DC Mayor's office to help publicize these in an article that she wrote recently. She said that "It's actually quite amazing how Zoom can help us share info across zip codes and other borders to find healthy sustainable solutions."

These resources are highlighted in Ilyse's article titled, "From Zoom to Zip Code: How to Access Things You Need," by

Photo: Ilyse Veron (shown in the front row - left side), during Leaders in Energy Circular Economy Working Group Fundraiser at PLNT Burger in Silver Spring, Maryland on March 9, 2020). reviews the livability of cities, especially for retirement, and Silver Spring, where we met for our CEWP fundraiser, is currently number one, according to the 1.5 million people who use the site. The sites also reviews employers and has job listings.
Green Jobs Openings
Have a job opening you wish to share with Leaders in Energy? Forward a link and contact information to
Environmental Protection Specialist, US Environmental Protection Agency
 Program Manager, Latin America and the Caribbean, Environmental Incentives
Digital Director, the Climate Action Campaign
Power Africa Program Analyst, CAMRIS International
Leaders in Energy Events & Programs
See the following events and meetings listed below. If you have any ideas that you would like to propose for a Leaders in Energy event, program, or project, please contact us at .

Our 1.0 and 2.0 Green Career Workshops: “What’s Your Green Career Plan?” and "What’s the Best “Fit” for Your Career Path?" co-hosted by Leaders In Energy and Waterford Inc. will be offered in May and June.

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

Time: 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM (EDT)

RSVP for the free informational session here which will be conducted on Monday, May 18th, 6-7 pm.

In these workshops you will:

  • Complete activities that guide you in identifying your core career assets – your strengths, skills, abilities, and knowledge – that you can offer a potential employer
  • Begin to develop a career plan appropriate for your career level
  • Network with fellow Leaders in Energy members who can be a career resource for you
  • Engage in group discussion about the market needs and trends around your career in the Green Economy
  • Review useful resources
  • Identify your specific area or areas of specialization as a Green Leader
  • Complete activities that guide you in identifying the technical, managerial, and individual leadership competencies – the knowledge, skills, and abilities – that you need to be successful in your area or areas of specialty

Learn more and sign-up here.
The LE Circular Economy Working Group is hosting a virtual screening of "The Story of Plastic," a new documentary film by Deia Schlosberg exposes the local and global environmental, climate, justice, and health impacts of the plastic industry.

Date: Wednesday, May 20th

Time: 6:30 - 8:30PM (EST)

RSVP: Google Form
About the Film

Produced by The Story of Stuff Project, The Story of Plastic takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it. Spanning three continents, The Story of Plastic features interviews with experts and activists on the front lines of those working to develop solutions. With engaging original animation, archival industry footage from beginning in the 1930s, and first-person accounts of the unfolding emergency, the film distills a complex problem that is increasingly affecting the planet’s and its residents’ well-being.
Other Events & Programs
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic most events have moved online. This website proves a useful resource for finding online webinars and sessions to engage with other clean economy leaders to stay engaged while at home.
Meeting Series on Drawdown Solutions for the DC/Maryland/Northern Virginia region
The local Project Drawdown group (through the Arlington Unitarian Universalist church) is offering a series of calls on topics such as composting, plastic recycling, reducing food waste, regenerating food production, creating a better world, saving the planet by what you eat, and more. See different meetings below. See the meeting series schedule here and additional links below.

May 16th

Saving the Planet One Forkful at a Time
May 17th

May 20th

May 28th

June 3rd
New & Recent 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!
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:

Climate Change News, John Marsham, 11 May
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