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WRISE Opens New Doors for Women in Solar and Wind || Sierra Club Magazine


Growing up, I was a math and science nerd who loved being outdoors. I had great teachers who encouraged me to explore engineering as a path for doing environmental work, and I got excited about renewable energy as a technological solution to climate change. So I went to Cornell to get an engineering degree. Once […]


SEIA’s Women’s Empowerment Summit is headed to Chicago || November 13, 2018


Forums on the importance of workforce diversity and ways for businesses to become more inclusive appear alongside sessions on energy storage and microgrid expansion at conferences. A step forward for diversity and inclusion, opportunities for growth remain in the solar industry. Last Fall, the Solar Foundation reported on industry diversity. Amidst other findings, data shows […]


Strengthening Clean Energy with a Diverse Workforce || GreenMoney


According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), renewable electricity generation from technologies that are commercially available today, in combination with a more flexible grid, is more than adequate to supply 80 percent of total U.S. electricity generation in 2050. Children who are currently in elementary school will be in their 40s by 2050, bringing […]


Innovators & Influencers: Erika Symmonds, building a diverse solar workforce || Solar Power World


By Kristen Graf As the solar industry evolves and grows, it is imperative to its long-term success to have a diverse workforce. Having different minds, talents, backgrounds and ideas in the room and at decision-making tables will foster the innovative and creative problem-solving needed for a healthy industry. Unfortunately, as found by The Solar Foundation in its […]


Women look to close renewable energy’s employment gender gap || Energy News Network


Women make up about a third of U.S. wind and solar energy jobs, higher than other technology fields. Sarah Fischer’s journey into the renewable energy field began with a high school French teacher whose husband had been a child slave in Haiti. The couple opened Fischer’s eyes to human rights and international development issues and […]


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Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE) works with industry leaders to support a diversified workforce at WINDPOWER 2018


Six Rudd Mayer awardees will be joined by five Wind at Our Backs Scholars and recognized during the WRISE Luncheon Brooklyn, NY —WRISE has selected six 2018 Rudd Mayer Memorial Fellows and five 2018 Wind at Our Backs scholars and plans to recognize them at the group’s luncheon on Wednesday, May 9th during the WINDPOWER 2018 […]


WoWE Expanding to Advance Women Across the Renewable Energy Spectrum


Providing more resources, networking, and programming beyond the wind industry sector Brooklyn, NY: Building on 10 years of successfully implementing Women of Wind Energy’s (WoWE) mission through proven infrastructure and progressive programming, WoWE is excited to take this next step in advancing women across the renewable energy spectrum. In order to fully live the WoWE mission […]


Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) works with industry leaders to support a diversified work force at WINDPOWER 2016


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 15, 2016 Brooklyn, NY —Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) has selected six 2016 Rudd Mayer Memorial Fellows and five 2016 Wind at Our Backs Scholars and plans to recognize them at the group’s annual luncheon on Wednesday May 25 during the WINDPOWER 2016 Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans Meet the 2016 […]


Today, Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) announced that Elizabeth Kaiga has joined its board of directors.


Today, Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) announced that Elizabeth Kaiga has joined its board of directors. “As we transition our program work at Women of Wind Energy to include all renewables, we are thrilled to add Elizabeth to our board,” said WoWE Executive Director, Kristen Graf. “Her valuable experience and expertise across the renewable energy […]


Women of Wind Energy Relaunches Houston Chapter


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 3, 2016 Brooklyn, NY (May 3, 2016) – Women of Wind Energy (WoWE), a national nonprofit based in Brooklyn, NY and focused on the education, professional development, and advancement of women in renewable energy is excited to announce the official re-launch of its Houston Chapter. After a couple of years of […]



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