The Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Initiative was launched by the 23-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 represent a quarter of the workforce in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and also make up a significant portion of workers in the energy finance and policy fields. Closing the gender gap and increasing women’s participation and leadership in these fields are the goals of the U.S. C3E Initiative, led by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI).
The U.S. C3E program, launched in 2012, has four pillars:
- SYMPOSIUM: The C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium is an annual event hosted by MIT, in collaboration with DOE. The Symposium brings together professional women and students, including representatives from partner governments for a conference intended to build a strong and interconnected network.
- AWARDS: The C3E Awards recognize mid-career women who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and accomplishments in clean energy. The awards, underwritten by MIT, are made in eight categories at the annual Symposium, along with cash gifts of $8,000 each to be used toward advancing the goals of the Initiative.
- AMBASSADORS: The C3E Ambassadors are 30 distinguished senior professionals who represent the Initiative at public forums and work to strengthen the recruitment, retention, and advancement of highly qualified women in the energy field. The ambassadors serve as advisors for the awards program outlined below and other aspects of the 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.