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Creating a Clean Energy Future That's Equitable and Sustainable for All

Yale's Inagural Clean Energy Conference

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Do you want to enact change and justice for the environment? Are you interested in collaborating with like-minded individuals, committed to advancing environmental justice and racial & economic equity through clean energy?

Challenge the energy status quo – secure your seat at the first-ever Yale Clean Energy Conference, Friday, April 1st, and Saturday, April 2nd. 

Yale Clean Energy Conference

Organized by members of the Yale Clean Energy Collaborative, this event will bring together intelligent and inquisitive minds from across the world to share ideas and inspire equity in the transition to clean energy futures through a more informed and inclusive clean energy community. 

“We want to form connections and share learnings, to foster a broader, more equitable, more informed, and more engaged community of clean energy leaders,” said Julia Nojeim, Clean Energy Coordinator at the Yale Center for Business and the Environment and chair of this inaugural event. 

The panels and sessions are being organized by students, faculty, and staff across campus, showcasing the interdisciplinary and vibrant nature of interest in clean energy at Yale. 

The conference will kick off with a presentation from Jeremiah Baumann,  Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Energy, examining Renewables Integration and Grid Modernization for a Clean Energy Future.

“We want to form connections and share learnings, to foster a broader, more equitable, more informed, and more engaged community of clean energy leaders.”

- Julia Nojeim, Clean Energy Coordinator at the Yale Center for Business and the Environment

A wide range of speakers, moderators, and exhibitors will share panels, presentations, and networking opportunities on clean energy modernization and innovations happening around the globe. We’re thrilled to share that panelists include a number of Yale alumni leading clean energy work nationwide:

  • Ben Bovarnick ‘18, Expert Product Manager, Grid Innovation - Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Howard Chang ‘12, Chief Operating Officer - East Bay Community Energy
  • Ali Cooley ‘12, Chief Investment Officer - Nuveen Green Capital, Nuveen Services LLC
  • Katie Dykes ‘99 & ‘06, Commissioner - Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
  • Dan Gross ‘92 & ‘98, Director, Climate Pledge Fund - Amazon 
  • Jesse Grossman ‘06, Chairman and CEO - Soltage
  • Richard Kauffman ‘83, Yale faculty; Chairman of the Board at NYSERDA; Chairman of the Board at Chair Generate Capital - Yale School of Management
  • Nicole Sitaraman ‘00, Deputy Director, Office of Public Participation - FERC
  • Rachel Wilson ‘07, Manager of Strategy and Market Development - Form Energy

“This event features an incredible roster of speakers discussing topics from grid modernization to equitable energy transitions. Many of our speakers are Yale alumni, which demonstrates the impact that people from the Yale community are having in the clean energy sector,” said Nojeim.

Clean Energy Conference themes

And don’t miss out on the culminating address from Shalanda Baker, Deputy Director for Energy Justice at the Office of Economic Impact and Development at the US DOE: Next Steps for an Equitable and Sustainable Clean Energy Transition. Baker will discuss how energy policy should be the next domain to advance civil rights.

Inspired by what you hear, who you meet, and how it can happen, we hope this event leaves you with a passion to help create equitable and sustainable clean energy futures for all. 

Admission is free for current Yale students, faculty, staff and FDCE community members. Register or purchase your ticket on the conference website.