Symposium

The goal of the Symposium is to provide women in clean energy with a range of perspectives on clean energy challenges and opportunities. It also provides a forum for networking. It is our hope that the Symposium will help build a sustained national and international community of professionals dedicated to advancing the careers and goals of women in clean energy. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please email us at c3eawards@mit.edu for more information.

The 2014 Women in Clean Energy Symposium is scheduled for September 16-17. This year the theme will be Urban Strategies for a New Energy Future.

Graduate Student Poster Competition
C3E organizers welcome students to enter into a research poster competition focused on clean energy policies, tools, or technologies that cities could be or are employing. Posters will be judged in two broad categories: technology solutions and policy solutions, and two winners will be chosen – one from each category – to receive $2,500 each. The deadline to apply is June 1st. More information and the application are available here.

Symposium Sessions will focus on the following:

Making Wise Energy Investments in an Era of Constraints
Forward-looking leaders are addressing the competing challenges of equity, affordability, and utilization of low-carbon energy by establishing partnerships and programs to make their cities smarter, greener, and stronger. We will have a discussion among public sector innovators and key partners taking on these challenges.

The Future Grid: Increased Clean Energy Integration and Reliability
Utilities are under pressure to modernize the grid using intelligent systems to achieve resilience and reliability. We will explore the best ways to achieve a smart and green grid, as the share of the population living in urban areas grows and decentralized power producers proliferate.

Energy, Mobility, and the Shape of Future Cities
Our choices about how we travel in cities will have a significant impact on urban growth patterns. We will explore how the evolution of transportation options, including bike sharing, car sharing, and mass transit, directly influences decisions about whether cities expand up (increased density) or out (increased land use).

The Future Talent Pipeline
As the clean energy economy grows, skilled workers are critical to its success. We need to prepare now to create a vibrant workforce to implement and manage clean technologies. We will explore how today’s companies are thinking about tomorrow’s human capital needs, their STEM skill base needs, and their gender diversity needs.



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