2016 C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium

The Fifth Annual C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium will be held at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, on May 31, 2016. Our theme this year is The Role of Women Internationally in Decarbonizing our Energy Future. Attendance will be by invitation only.

The Role of Women Internationally in Decarbonizing our Energy Future

The world is on the cusp of a clean energy revolution. Some new technologies can help provide clean energy by harnessing the power of the sun, wind, and other renewable resources. Other technologies can enable more efficient use of energy in buildings, industry, and vehicles. These technologies, when coupled with supportive policies, can significantly reduce carbon pollution from traditional fossil fuels, improve local air quality, create jobs, enhance energy security, and provide improved access to energy around the world. Yet barriers to the adoption of clean energy technologies abound, and the cost of some technologies remains high. By working together, governments and other stakeholders can overcome barriers and advance the adoption of clean energy technologies.

Success will depend not only upon a portfolio of solutions, but on the ideas and talents of all members of society. Such diversity will not be possible without greater participation by women in the clean energy revolution. This C3E symposium brings together women who are tackling the challenge from many perspectives across the spectrum of basic research to policy and finance. The symposium is a platform for interdisciplinary discussion, networking, and collaboration with women who are global leaders in clean energy. In addition, the C3E awards program recognizes mid-career leadership and accomplishments in eight categories. The C3E Symposium and awards are organized by the U.S. Department of Energy, MIT Energy Initiative, and Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Keynote Address

Panel: Post-Paris Implementation

International Policy, Finance and Markets
At COP21 in Paris in December 2015, almost every country in the world acknowledged the problem of climate change and put forward plans to meet the challenge. The focus now is on implementation. This panel will discuss both barriers and opportunities in clean energy policy, finance and markets for implementation of the Paris agreements and provide real-world examples of innovative changes.

Moderated by: Dian Grueneich, Senior Research Scholar, Stanford University

Award Deliveries in Two Categories


Panel: Pathways to Decarbonization

The Role of Technology and Science
This panel will explore the latest advances in science and technology to decarbonize the energy sector. Deep decarbonization will require moving away from fossil fuels to low-carbon options, such as renewables. However, fossil fuels will likely be a part of the energy mix in coming decades due to several factors – some regulatory, some technological. As a result, finding mechanisms to decarbonize the fossil-fuel industry is crucial for achieving a carbon-emissions target that will avert dangerous global warming. A key challenge also is integrating intermittent renewable energy sources with the existing electric grid. Batteries and other storage technologies that are robust and have long lifetimes, lower costs and high efficiencies, are much needed. So, too, are advanced solar cells with a solar-conversion efficiency of at least 20 percent. Other possible solutions include negative emissions through the integration of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage.

Moderated by: Marilyn Brown, Professor, School of Public Policy, Georgia Tech

Award Deliveries in Two Categories


Panel: Energy Startup Companies Around the World

Women Leading the Way in Clean-Energy Technologies and Business Development: Stories and Thoughts on a Clean-Energy Future
New energy technologies face particular challenges related to broad deployment and cost. In many cases these technologies must compete in electricity and transportation fuel markets dominated by cheap fossil fuels. Valuable innovations will escalate too slowly or even fail unless adequate investments are made in clean energy and the full costs of fossil-fuel use are included in fossil-fuel prices. Crossing cleantech’s “valley of death”—developing a technology that works in the lab to full commercialization—is a precarious quest. Avoiding failure requires a demonstration of future scalability, reliability, safety and affordability of the new technology. This panel will examine the challenges to moving innovative research into a viable energy technology that can make a real-world difference.

Moderated by: Alla Weinstein, Co-Founder, Trident Wind

Award Deliveries in Two Categories


Panel: Clean Energy in Emerging Economies and the Role of Women Leaders

About a fourth of the world’s population lacks access to modern energy services, either because they are too expensive or are simply unavailable. The majority of this underserved population is concentrated in poor, rural communities of developing countries, particularly in Africa, South Asia and Latin America.

In these parts of the world, biomass collected by women is the primary resource used to meet energy and cooking needs. Gathering wood, manure and other biomass is time-consuming, and burning these materials can have serious effects on health associated with the release of black soot. The availability of alternatives may give women more time for education or to earn more income.

A reliable, low-cost distributed electricity generation system based on renewables could reduce hard labor and provide access to clean water for personal and agricultural use. Providing this kind of technology may require financing options, business models and a novel framework for governance (e.g., carbon emissions reporting).

Moderated by: Richenda Van Leeuwen, Executive Director, Energy and Climate, Energy Access Initiative of United Nations Foundation

Negotiation Skills for Women

Award Deliveries in Two Categories

Dinner and Fireside Chat – Energy, Climate and Careers


Symposium Location:

Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center 

326 Galvez St 

Stanford, CA  94305


Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel

625 El Camino Real 

Palo Alto, CA 94301 

(650) 328-2800 Reservations (For special group rate mention “C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium”)

Online Reservations 

Please see the Sheraton Palo Alto reservation site or call the Sheraton directly to make reservations.  The Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel has a limited number of rooms available at a special rate of $249/night (+ tax), until Friday, May 6 by 5:00pm PT

If the Sheraton rooms are sold out, please try one of the hotels below:

Other Nearby Hotels

Stanford Terrace Inn: http://www.stanfordterraceinn.com

Stanford Park Hotel: http://www.stanfordparkhotel.com

Westin Palo Alto: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/paloalto

Four Seasons Palo Alto: http://www.fourseasons.com/siliconvalley

Other hotel options: http://visit.stanford.edu/plan/lodging.html  

Nearest airports: 

San Francisco International Airport (22.7 miles/30 minutes)

Mineta San Jose International Airport (16.4 miles/25 minutes) 

Directions to the Sheraton Palo Alto:

By Public Transportation

From San Francisco Airport (SFO)

Within the airport, take the Airtran from the terminals to the BART station. Take BART one stop to Millbrae station (Ticket = $4.25). Get off and transfer to Caltrain heading South (Ticket is $6.50 round trip – Tickets need to be purchased prior to boarding the trains). Get off at the Palo Alto Transit Station. The Sheraton is on the west side of the tracks (away from downtown Palo Alto/University Avenue). Cross the parking lot to find the hotel’s entrance which is facing El Camino Real.

From San Jose Airport (SJC)

From the terminals, board the VTA Airport Flyer Bus (Route #10) which makes a continuous loop between the Metro Light Rail Station, the Santa Clara Caltrain Station and the Airport Terminals. A new shuttle departs each designated stopping point approximately every 10-15 minutes from 5 a.m. – 12 midnight. Take the bus to the Santa Clara Caltrain station and then board a northbound train to Palo Alto Transit Station (Caltrain fare is $6.50 round trip – Tickets need to be purchased prior to boarding the trains). The Sheraton is on the west side of the tracks (away from downtown Palo Alto/University Avenue). Cross the parking lot to find the hotel’s entrance which is facing El Camino Real.

By Car – From Highway 101

From San Jose Airport (SJC) travel North on 101 and from San Francisco Airport (SFO) travel South on 101. Exit onto Embarcadero Road West. Travel approximately two miles and turn right onto El Camino Real. The hotel is three blocks down and on the right side.  

By Car – From Highway 280

Exit onto Page Mill Road East. Travel approximately two miles and turn left onto El Camino Real. The hotel is two miles down and on the right side.

Transportation, Parking and Maps


Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center

326 Galvez Street

Stanford, CA 94305 

Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center website



  • Parking will be available in the lot at the corner of Galvez and Campus Drive (Galvez Lot) for $16.00/dayThere is no parking code for this event.
  • Nine pay machines (Visa, MasterCard, and Discover cards accepted) will allow event attendees to park in a numbered space, and then pay for their parking (by space #) on the way to their destination. 
  • If you have an “A” or “C” parking pass, you will need to park across the street in the L-95 lot (by Cobb Track & Angell Field). Additionally, “C” parking spaces are available on Lasuen St. 
  • See map below.


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