Dear Friend,
THANKS TO ALL of our speakers, exhibitors, volunteers, and attendees who participated in our 6th Annual Clean Energy & Sustainability Extravaganza with the Association of Energy Engineers National Capital Chapter at the University of Maryland-College Park on February 28th.

You helped to make this a spectacular learning and networking experience. It was great to meet others who are working to make this a greener world. We were delighted to have a full house with 145 registrants in a beautiful venue at the A. James Clark Hall with eight projection screens!

See a number of Extravaganza highlights further below. You can also view the slides in our Event Archives. We are currently developing recap articles on our panels so stayed tuned for further information.
Do you have any thoughts on a theme for our Extravaganza next year ? We would welcome your ideas as well as feedback in our survey to help us make our events even better for our attendees and Leaders in Energy community. This will take less than 2 minutes to complete below.
Our Circular Economy Working Group will be convening two Friends, Fun, & Fundraising Community Nights at PLNT Burger on Monday, March 9th and Tuesday, March 10th.

Learn more about this new quick-serve plant-based offering located at the Whole Foods Market in Silver Spring in this Washington Post article on PLNT Burger . Entrepreneur Seth Goldman discusses his new food venture and states: "This is more than good business. It is urgently needed business." See the Post food review of PLNT Burger here.
Proceeds will be used to support LE's mission.

The Circular Economy Working Group will also conduct a "Working Circular: Incorporating Circular Economy Principles in the Workplace" event on Thursday, March 26th, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm along with DC Ecowomen and the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC. We look forward to seeing you at these gatherings on the circular economy!
We will conduct our popular Green Career 1.0 and 2.0 Workshops on March 14th and 28th on-line. Cleantech and sustainability jobs are fast-growing segments of the economy. These Leaders in Energy workshops provide key insights on career strengths and preferences and how to tailor them to the growing green economy, e.g., clean energy, sustainability, circular economy, resiliency, and more. They are appropriate for people with diverse skills such as technical, managerial, communications, and policy. Registration includes a workbook with exercises and resources, and a recording of the session. Co-hosted with Waterford, Inc. See additional information in this workshop flyer . Early bird ends 3/6/2020.
Read more in our newsletter below on green job openings, our blog articles and bookmarked articles on topics of further interest in the clean energy and sustainability space.
In This Publication
  • Clean Energy & Sustainability Extravaganza Highlights
  • Green Job Openings and Green Career Workshops
  • Leaders in Energy Events & Programs
  • Other Events of Interest
  • New Blogs
  • Bookmarked
Clean Energy & Sustainability
Extravaganza Highlights
Shown l-r: Janine Finne ll, Leaders in Energy, Association of Energy Engineers National Capital Chapter (AEE NCC) Board, and Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) Board; Janine Helwig , The George Washington University, Ben Rupert , BJR Energy Management; Laurie Wiegand-Jackson , Utility Advantage and CWEEL Board and Moderator, Ida Namur, AECOM and AEE NCC. Photo Credit: Alisha Comecho
CWEEL PANEL Focused on How Helping Women in the Workplace Can Help Everyone, Including Families
Check out this Harvard Business Review article here that came up on our panel discussion titled "What's Really Holding Women Back?" The authors, Robin J. Ely and Irene Padavic, make the case, that long hours in the workplace are hurting us all and have particularly impacted women adversely.

A recap article is in progress. View slides at our Event Archives.
Keynote Address by Dr. Reinhard Radermacher, Director of the Center for Environmental Energy Engineering, University of Maryland
Dr. Radermacher discussed the significant amount of energy that is wasted in the U.S. economy and related environmental issues. He highlighted a number of research initiatives taking place at his Center and around the world including personal air conditioning, which cools an individual rather than cooling an entire building as well clothing that can provide personal temperature control. In the Netherlands, a movement called Energiesprong has retrofitted over 5,000 homes to create desirable net zero energy houses at no extra costs for the residents to accelerate decarbonization. This video explains how a "net zero energy makeover" can take place quickly at very little cost using prefabrication, innovative financing, and policy mechanisms. See Dr. Radermacher's presentation at our Event Archives.
Campuses as Living Laboratories, Encouraging Behavioral Change, and Reducing Greenhouse Gases

Shown from l-r: Pat Fox and Drew Nixon (UMD students), Marta Voldu (UMD Department of Transportation), Guy Kilpatric (UMD Terp Farm), Tanvi Gadhia (UMD Office of Sustainability), Greg Farley (George Mason University Director of University Sustainability), and Dr. Elvin Yuzugullu (Moderator), The George Washington University and General Dynamics Information Technology . (Photo Credit: Alisha Comecho).

The panel discussed a number of initiatives taking place on campuses to help shift behavior to make sustainability more of a cultural and social norm. The U of Maryland (UMD) is developing its campus as a living laboratory to monitor its energy and water use through an energy dashboard program, energy audits, and stormwater management. A program called Smart Commute pays people to give up their parking to encourage more commuting as well as bicycle-friendly modes of transportation.

Both George Mason University (GMU) and UMD, are making significant strides in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. GMU has purchased 46 million kilowatt hours of renewable electricity in addition to other initiatives. The UMD has a Climate Action Plan 2.0 with 38 strategies to save an estimated $120 million and cut C02 by 4.3 million tons from 2016 to 2040. Students talked about their work in wind and kite energy research. This includes a goal to establish a well-funded research group to develop a kite wind energy testbed system at UMD. The Terp Farm has been collaborating with the UMD campus food system to increase annual sustainable foods purchases (meeting the criteria identified for sustainable food categories including local, fair, humane, and ecologically sound) by 1-4%. See panel slides at our Event Archives.
BUSINESS SHOWCASE PANEL Focused on Planning for and Financing Energy Savings
Julie Wolfington at Boland (earlier in the program) described on how 75% of the building stock in the US is not energy efficient. This panel focused on ways to make energy efficiency and renewable energy on campuses more cost effective as well as how other technologies such as microgrids could provide significant benefits.

Energy planning approaches were discussed for campuses that ranged from smart energy, smart mobility, smart public utilities and smart buildings. The importance of life cycle costing was also emphasized along with financing programs that help to incentive energy efficiency projects such as C-PACE. The benefits of using DC power for microgrids came up in the Q&A. See the panel slides at our Event Archives.
Shown from l-r: Sean Casey , AECOM; Eric Oliver , Earthwide LLC; Aakansha Lam , Scalable Energy, Inc.;, Mike Makofsky, Shannon Global Energy Solutions, Inc; Tom Horner , Water Management, Inc, and Cara Martin (Moderator), Optimized Thermal Systems, Inc. (Photo Credit: Janine Finnell)
Thanks to Our Sponsors and Exhibitors!
Green Jobs Openings
Have a job opening you wish to share with Leaders in Energy? Forward a link and contact information to

CLIMATE CHANGE CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR - League of Conservation Voters
Climate Policy Senior Manager - Conservation International
Energy Program Manager - RTI International

Make sure to check out our Green Career Workshops taking place on March 14th and 28th, 2020 (see info in our events below) if you are interested in landing, moving up or into a green job and career.
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 .

March CE Happy Hour!
Date: Monday, March 9th and 10th
Host: PLNT Burger
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Time: 5-9 PM
Learn more here .
Green Career 1.0 and 2.0 Workshops
Date: Saturday, March 14th and March 28th
Host: Waterford, Inc and Leaders in Energy
Location: On-line
Time: 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Learn more here .
Working Circular: Incorporating Circular Economy Principles in the Workplace
Date: Saturday, March 26th
Host: Aspen Institute, DC Ecowomen, and Leaders in Energy
Location: The Aspen Institute
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Learn more here
Other Events of Interest
Earth Optimism Teen Event: Changing the Climate Conversation - Saturday, March 14, 2020  Hosted by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History at The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center from 1 - 5 pm.  Learn more  here .

Peace Engineering  How Technology Can Prevent Conflict and Spur Peacebuilding - Tuesday, March 17th  This event will be hosted by George Mason’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and is part of our ongoing “Arlington Forward 2020 Series” focusing on innovation and technology’s impact on our lives. The tangible power of fresh water or a rebuilt bridge following a conflict can help build peace. Should be an exceptionally interesting event! Learn more  here.

Book discussion on the " Best of The Daly News: Selected Essays from the Leading Blog in Steady State Economics ." Monday, April 6th, 2020 from 7:30 - 8:30 pm. This marks the debut of the Steady State Press, managed by the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE). Six authors contributed to Best of The Daly News; two will be panelists at the discussion including Dr. Brian Czech, the Executive Director of CASSE. (See more here on Brian Czech who was honored along with Dr. Herman Daly at our Four Generations of Leaders Awards in 2018). Where: Arlington Central Library, Barbara M. Donnellan Auditorium, 1015 North Quincy Street, Arlington VA 22201 Learn more here.
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!
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:
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Janine Finnell
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