The Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) initiative was launched by the 24-government Clean Energy Ministerial in 2010. The initiative was born out of recognition that the ideas and talents of all members of society are essential to meeting our future clean energy challenges. Women make up substantially less than half of the workforce in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and across the clean energy sector. Closing the gender gap and increasing women’s participation and leadership in these fields are the goals of the U.S. C3E program, led by the Department of Energy in collaboration with the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) and the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy.
The U.S. C3E program, launched in 2012, has four pillars:
- SYMPOSIUM: The C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium is an annual event bringing together professional women and students, as well as representatives from partner governments, at a conference intended to build a strong and interconnected network.
- AWARDS: The U.S. C3E Awards recognize mid-career women who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and accomplishments in clean energy. The awards, underwritten by MITEI and the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy, are made in eight categories at the annual Symposium. Each Awardee receives a cash gift of $8,000 to be used toward advancing the goals of the international C3E initiative.
- AMBASSADORS: The C3E Ambassadors are a group of 39 distinguished senior professionals who represent the C3E initiative at public forums and work to strengthen the recruitment, retention, and advancement of highly qualified women in the energy field. Ambassadors serve as advisors for the U.S. C3E Awards program and other aspects of the C3E initiative.
- C3ENET: The C3Enet.org online community forum enables women from around the world who are working on clean energy issues to share information, insight, and inspiration.