Frequently Asked Questions

When is the nomination deadline?

Nominations for the 2018 U.S. C3E Awards will be accepted from March 7, 2018 to April 11, 2018 at midnight, Pacific Time.

What questions are on the nomination form?

Click here for guidelines and a full template of the nomination form.

What are the eligibility requirements?

Nominees should be accomplished mid-career women who are leaders in the field of clean energy. Nominees should be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. More detailed eligibility requirements can be found on the Eligibility Page.

How is mid-career defined?

Mid-career is defined as past entry level and having expertise and experience with significant opportunities to grow before the end of her career. The C3E Awards are intended to contribute to advancing the careers of awardees into more senior leadership and executive-level positions.

How many years of clean energy experience are required?

Nominees should have a minimum of five years of professional experience working in clean energy and be mid-career (i.e., past entry level and having expertise and experience with significant opportunities to grow before the end of her career).

Can a previous nominee be nominated again?


Can previous nominations be resubmitted?

C3E encourages re-nominations. Previous nominations are not stored in the nomination system. Please submit revised and updated nominations.

Can a nominee be nominated in more than one category?

Please read all the categories and select the category most appropriate for the person that you are nominating. Yes, a nominee can be nominated in more than one category. Each nomination must be submitted separately. Tailor the nomination for each category. For example, you may want to customize the description of the nominee’s outstanding leadership qualities and extraordinary accomplishments. A nominee can only win in one category.

What if a nominee is nominated by more than one person?

In the case of multiple nominations for one person in a single category, only the first nomination is considered. If the nominee is nominated in separate categories, each nomination stands.

How many people can one person nominate?

Nominators can only nominate one person per category. One nomination must be completed before starting another nomination. The nominator will need to reenter his or her information each time.

Are government employees and contractors eligible?

Yes, federal, state, and local government employees and national lab contractors are eligible. This includes employees and contractors of the Department of Energy and the National Laboratories.

What is the selection process?

An initial eligibility screening is conducted to assure that the nominees are eligible and meet the criteria. Nominations are reviewed by the C3E Ambassador Cohort, and they narrow the pool to the top candidates in each category. The ambassadors meet in person to finalize the selection of an awardee and alternate in each category. References are contacted, and a vetting process is conducted to validate the information provided in the nominations. When the vetting process is complete, the awardees and nominators are informed.

What happens once awardees are notified?

Awardees are expected to attend and accept their award in person at the C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium December 3-4, 2018 in California.

Who can be contacted with questions about the nominations process?

Questions can be e-mailed to