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 have professional experience working in clean energy. Please read the descriptions of all the categories and select the one that best describes the nominee’s work area. The nomination should be tailored to the category selected.

  • Advocacy: This award recognizes clean energy advocates working as individuals, through nongovernmental organizations, or clean tech incubators 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 clean 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 clean energy literacy, with a focus on teaching at the K‐12, technical school, undergraduate, or graduate levels.
  • Entrepreneurship: 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 clean energy around the world.
  • Law & Finance: This category recognizes lawyers, finance professionals, or academics at professional schools who have enabled or advanced the development and deployment of innovative clean energy financing solutions or enabling regulatory structures.
  • Research: This award recognizes scientists and researchers working at universities, national labs, or in industry who have developed advanced innovative clean energy technologies with the potential for demonstrable and scalable impact.