June 2016 S2: Driving the Colorado Clean Energy Economy by Empowering Women and Girls
The Alliance Center
Denver, CO
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The energy industry has been a crucial part of Colorado's economy throughout its history since coal mining first began in 1859.  In 2012 the Energy industry in Colorado represented more than $41 billion in revenue, representing 122,400 local jobs.  During this same year the states solar capacity grew by 31%.   In 2014, 60% of the electricity generated in Colorado came from coal, 22% from natural gas, and 18% from renewable energy resources.

As we migrate away from fossil fuels, advancing women's leadership in clean energy is paramount in helping to harness all talent in driving the clean energy revolution forward while strengthening our economy.

What type of job transition and skills training is happening statewide to help our coal-dependent communities transition? In the US between 2008 and 2011 green industries created 8.5 million jobs and $1 trillion (with a T) in revenues.  What role do women play in this transition?

How can you be part of the solution in training and hiring women from K through gray? What jobs in clean energy are being created and how are women being recruited for these positions? How are we making this vital paradigm shift to a clean energy economy in a way that promotes cognitive diversity in the field?

Join Colorado C3E, Colorado EcoWomen, and Women in Sustainable Energy (WISE) on June 7th to create alignment and collaborative models for working together to create solutions at the state-wide scale to drive revolutionary growth of the Colorado clean energy economy by educating and empowering women and girls.

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Kelly Crandall joined the all-volunteer Board of the non-profit Women in Sustainable Energy (WISE) in 2011 and has been the Programs Coordinator since 2013.  Through WISE, she looks for opportunities to promote and connect women who are shaping Colorado's clean energy future.  She is the Senior Rates and Research Analyst at EQ Research, LLC, a consulting firm that provides clean energy intelligence through regulatory and legislative monitoring, as well as consulting services.  Prior to joining EQ, she was the Energy Strategy Coordinator for the City of Boulder, Colorado.

Katherine Dykes joined NREL in 2011 to support a National Wind Technology Center initiative for systems engineering methods applied to wind energy. Katherine's PhD work in systems engineering involves understanding innovation and diffusion of wind energy technology. She has worked as a wind program analyst, a data analyst, a system dynamics consultant, a data quality analyst, and as a controls engineer. Katherine is co-chair for Women of Wind Energy (WoWE), CO Chapter.

Emily Backus is a Sustainability Advisor with Denver Environmental Healths Certifiably Green Denver program. She assists businesses in a variety of sectors across Denver that seek to reduce their environmental impact, improve operational efficiency and save money. In addition to assisting typical businesses like restaurants, retail stores and offices, Emily works to develop green standards and certifications for local emerging industries including breweries and cannabis cultivation facilities.  Emily joined EcoWomen Colorado in 2013 and became Co-President in 2014, overseeing a variety of events and programs in the Denver area that fulfill EcoWomens mission to inspire and empower women to become leaders for the environmental community. Emily has a background in hospitality management, environmental consulting and financial analysis and is an alumna of Cornell University.

Dawn Putney is the founding president and lead strategist at Toolbox Creative, a brand design firm for innovative technology companies. Before moving to Colorado in 1994, Dawn worked with some of the largest ad agencies in Minneapolis. With 30+ years as a brand designer, Dawn thrives on helping technologists, innovators and engineers tell the story of how their big ideas can change the world. Dawn is also the co-founder of Art Lab Fort Collins, an experimental, non-profit creating community spaces for the arts. In addition to serving on the C3E steering committee, Dawn is proud to serve as a board member of Pretty Brainy, a non-profit that engages girls in STEAM learning, and the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce. Dawn believes that elevating the conversation will change the face of women in technology and business leadership.
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The Alliance Center (View)
1536 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202
United States



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