THANKS TO ALL who attended our Green Leaders for Local Impact Retreat at the Potomac Overlook Regional Park. We examined the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) #7, #8, and #9, explored future trends that could help accelerate these goals, and discussed how to localize the SDGs in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) region.

We also discussed additional SDGs as well as how to go "beyond the SDGs" . We shared the collective wisdom among the participants from the many jurisdictions represented, including Baltimore, Montgomery County, DC, Arlington, Fairfax, regional non-governmental organizations, and more. We look forward to our participants connecting with each other to work on future initiatives!

We greatly appreciated MOM's Organic Market for supporting our event.

Thanks also to our VOLUNTEERS who helped out in a multitude of roles. It takes a small army of people to organize these events and assist our organization's mission. Learn more here on how to become a volunteer while also pursuing your goals and dreams and helping the planet via clean energy and sustainable solutions.

We sent out a Retreat survey. We would be delighted to hear from our attendees to enable us to refine and hone our Retreat program in the future.
Highlights from Green Leaders
for Local Impact Retreat
Speakers (l-r): Ruchi Soni , Manager of Energy Access, UN Energy Foundation; Nancy Donaldson , Director of the Washington office of the United Nation;s International Labor Organization (ILO) from 2010-17; Beth Offenbacker , Ph.D. , Instructor and Facilitator; Janine Finnell , Executive Director, Leaders in Energy; Annette Osso , Managing Director, Resilient Virginia; and Jim Burke , Futurist, with Ascent Virginia (Thanks to Roberto Carmona, TAG Cinema, for this photo) .
Attendees learning about the park's flora and fauna from Naturalist, AJ Barnard (in turquoise shirt)
Group discussion with Jim Burke in our trends session
Closing the Retreat with a Circle of Action reading
(Thanks to Sarah Nicholson for the above photos and for serving as our event photographer).

See additional photo highlights from the retreat here along this potential idea on next steps.

NOTE: We will be providing updates on our Retreat as we further develop our notes and recap article.
June 14, 2018 -- Green Career
Momentum Session at Green America
"Green Organizations 'On the Inside'–
Challenges and Opportunities"

Our speakers for this week's Green Career Momentum program (held at Green America) on Thursday, June 14th, 7-8:30 pm, are Dave Feldman and Steve Offutt. Our topic will be " Green Organizations “On the Inside” – Challenges and Opportunities." Our skill will be "Steps for Establishing Credibility as a Green Leader." This session will be conducted at Green America, 1612 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006. 

Dave Feldman
Steve Offutt
Dave Feldman is a social entrepreneur, community builder and international speaker. He currently leads the Collaborative Innovation and supply chain work of Green America’s Center for Sustainability Solutions. In 2010, the Montgomery County Council named him one of “40 Environmentalists in 40 Years”. In 2009, Dave was named one of “The 25 CEOs You Need to Know” by The Gazette of Politics and Business and “Innovator of the Year” by The Daily Record.

Steve Offutt has more than twenty years’ experience in climate change and energy efficiency markets, technologies and marketing programs in the private sector, non-profit sector and at EPA. He has led teams that have created, developed and implemented highly successful marketing and communication efforts, including the ENERGY STAR ® programs–arguably the most effective government environmental program in the history of the EPA. He is the Founder of the Green Business Roundtable .

You can still register and receive the recordings and materials from the previous sessions.  This includes a special brain talent assessment, using cognitive and emotional data, to identify your preferences and strengths.  
June 27, 2018 -- Circular Economy
Working Group Meeting
Join us for our next Circular Economy Working Group on June 27th, 6-7:30 pm. Venue to be announced.

The Leaders in Energy Circular Economy Working Group had its May meeting on Wednesday the 23rd. Participants finished up discussing an assignment on waste stream solutions and barriers that will guide the group's co-creation process over the next few months.

On June 27th we will conduct a review of and comment on the DC Sustainability 2.0 plan update. Our meeting on July 25th will return to the co-creation process with a presentation and discussion led by the working group chair. Join us! The Circular Economy Working Group meets the fourth Wednesday of each month."

For those who wish to attend for the first time, please contact us at
August 16, 2018 - 5th Annual Green Jobs Forum
Green Jobs Corner
Leaders in Energy Partnership with Green Jobs Network:  Post a job opening on the US-wide  Green Jobs Network  and receive a $20 discount by using a Leaders in Energy code. This also helps our organization to sustain its work. Learn more  here  and apply code: 
leaders2018  This unique code is available until December 31, 2018.

  • See more green career job information, job boards, etc. at our Leaders in Energy Career Resources page here.

NOTE: Is your company hiring?  Advertise your positions in our Leaders in Energy Green Jobs Corner. Contact John Gaffigan at
Leaders in Energy Member Spotlight

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has awarded eSai, LLC the 2018 Maryland Woman-Owned Business-of-the-Year Award to Nandini Mouli, Ph.D., President, Founder & CEO of eSai Consulting.

The selection for this award was based on several criteria, including: evidence of success as measured by sales and profits; innovativeness of product or service; response to adversity; demonstrated potential necessary for long-term business success and economic growth.

NOTE: eSai was a Leaders in Energy sponsor last year (October, 2017) at its Microgrid & Resiliency event held at the Edison Electric Institute. Nandini was a moderator of the Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership panel session (CWEEL) at the Leaders in Energy's Clean Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza in February, 2018 (with the Association of Energy Engineers).

She sits on the CWEEL Board as the Scholarship & Awards Committee Chair. Nandini also participated in a small award celebration at the SBA Office with Maryland Senator, Ben Cardin and Congressman John Sarbanes. 
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Our 2018 Calendar - Save the Dates
  • Green Career Momentum to Land or Create a Dream Green Job, May 3 – June 21, 2018, Virtual and In-Person bi-weekly sessions;
  • 5th Annual Leaders in Energy Green Jobs Forum On “Growing the Regional Clean Economy” (5-9 pm) and Green Career Workshop 2.0 (1:45 – 5 pm), August 16, 2018, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments;
  • The Utility of the Future, October 18, 2018, (with Resilient Virginia), Venue to be Determined, 6-8:30 pm; and
  • Four Generations Awards and Holiday Event, November 30, 2018, Crystal Condominium Complex, Arlington, VA , 6-9 pm
Other Events In the Washington Area
Potential Energy DC (PEDC) Summer Pitch Night 2018
Thursday, June 28, 2018 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
PEDC is partnering with Morgan Lewis to present PEDC Pitch Night Summer 2018 on June 28th, 2018.
Location: Morgan Lewis, 1111 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 2nd Floor Conference Area, Washington, DC 20004-2541. Register here
Learn More About Leaders in Energy
Janine Finnell
Executive Director
Leaders in Energy

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