The Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) initiative was launched by the 25-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), the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy, and the Texas A&M Energy Institute.
The U.S. C3E program, launched in 2012, has four pillars:
The U.S. C3E Ambassadors are distinguished senior leaders who serve as role models and advocates for women in clean energy. They represent the U.S. C3E program at public forums and work to strengthen the recruitment, retention, and advancement of highly qualified women in the energy field. Ambassadors select the annual U.S. C3E Award winners and provide strategic input on the U.S. C3E program. Along with their counterparts named by partner governments within the Clean Energy Ministerial, they are part of the International C3E Ambassador Corps.