The U.S. C3E Awards for outstanding leadership and extraordinary achievement are given in the eight categories described below. The Awards are intended to spotlight mid-career women who typically have 10-15 years of professional experience working in clean energy. Download the printable flyer (pdf).
- Advocacy: This award recognizes clean energy advocates, working as individuals or through non-governmental organizations, who have driven greater uptake of clean energy policies and technologies in society.
- Business: This award recognizes leaders within private entities of any size, ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 corporations. Strong candidates will have accelerated or expanded the adoption of energy efficiency or renewable energy within their own business footprints or portfolios.
- Education: This award recognizes teachers or instructors, including those who teach STEM subjects, who have helped to increase energy literacy, with a focus on teaching at the K-12, undergraduate, or graduate levels.
- Entrepreneurial: This award recognizes entrepreneurs who have developed and demonstrated innovative clean energy technologies or business models that have the potential to drive market transformation toward clean energy.
- Government: This award recognizes local, state, or federal government employees (e.g., civil servants, regulators, or elected officials) and contractors who have advanced policies, regulations, or incentives to support the development, deployment, and diffusion of clean energy.
- International: This award recognizes those who have worked to develop and diffuse clean energy products and services in emerging economies toward the Sustainable Energy for All goals of increasing access, promoting efficiency, and expanding renewable generation around the world.
- Law & Finance: This category recognizes lawyers and finance professionals or academics at professional schools who have enabled or advanced the development and deployment of innovative clean tech financing solutions.
- Research: This award recognizes scientists and researchers working at universities, national labs, or in industry who have developed and advanced innovative clean energy technologies that have demonstrable impact.