Nine Women Receive C3E Awards

C3E News:
STANFORD, Calif.  At the fifth annual Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Women in Clean Energy Symposium today, nine distinguished women across multiple disciplines will be honored for outstanding leadership and accomplishments in clean energy.
The Symposium is being held at Stanford University and is hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), and Stanford University Precourt Institute for Energy.
Dr. Sarah Kurtz, a Research Fellow with the National Center for Photovoltaics and a Principal Scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), will receive the C3E Lifetime Achievement award. Eight other women will receive awards in the categories of advocacy, business, education, entrepreneurship, government, international, law and finance, and research. The winners were nominated and selected by the U.S. C3E Ambassadors.
C3E is an initiative under the auspices of the Clean Energy Ministerial, a forum of 24 major-economy governments, which has a goal to close the gender gap and increase women’s participation and leadership in clean energy fields. To deliver on the U.S. commitment to this initiative, the U.S. created and launched a U.S. C3E program five years ago, working together with its university partners. Since its inception, the U.S. C3E program has recognized the outstanding leadership and extraordinary achievements of over thirty women.
“Today we recognize the extraordinary leadership and achievements of nine women in the clean energy arena,” Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz said. “Most importantly, the C3E awardees spanning five years are clean energy innovators, advocates, and entrepreneurs in both developed and developing contexts – the leaders we need to transfer the energy system. They are also role models committed to developing the diverse workforce across the many disciplines needed for accelerating clean energy deployment.”
“The nine women honored today represent nearly every facet of clean energy, from policy and finance to technology and entrepreneurship,” said Sally Benson, co-director of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University. “Their remarkable accomplishments are a clear sign that the gender gap is finally beginning to narrow for women in clean energy and other professions related to sustainability.”
The recipients of the C3E Awards for mid-career leadership, by category, are:
Advocacy – Rebecca Pearl-Martinez
  • Affiliation: The Fletcher School, Tufts University
  • Residence: Boston, MA
  • Focus Area: Gender diversity as an accelerator of the clean energy economy
  • Education: Brandeis, Evergreen College
Business – Shelee Kimura
  • Affiliation: Hawaiian Electric Company
  • Residence: Honolulu, HI
  • Focus Area: Renewable generation procurement
  • Education: University of Pennsylvania
Education – Nicollette Phear
  • Affiliation: University of Montana
  • Residence: Missoula, MT
  • Focus Area: Climate change studies
  • Education: Prescott College, University of Montana, University of Pennsylvania
Entrepreneurship – Maria Kingery
  • Affiliation: Southern Energy Management
  • Residence: Morrisville, NC
  • Focus Area: Energy efficiency for buildings, solar power integration
  • Education: North Carolina State University
Government – Suzanne Tegen
  • Affiliation: DOE’s National Renewable Energy Lab
  • Residence: Golden, CO
  • Focus Area: Wind and water market acceleration and deployment
  • Education: University of Colorado, University of Wisconsin
International – Jodi Wu
  • Affiliation: Global Cycle Solutions
  • Residence: Arusha, Tanzania
  • Focus Area: Solar for electricity and efficient cook stoves for cooking
  • Education: MIT
Law and Finance – Kathryn Zyla
  • Affiliation: Georgetown Climate Center
  • Residence: Washington, DC
  • Focus Area: Climate change resources and research
  • Education: Georgetown, Yale, Swarthmore
Research – Debora Rodrigues
  • Affiliation: University of Houston
  • Residence: Houston, Texas
  • Focus Area: Water-energy nexus
  • Education: Michigan State University, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
More extensive profiles of each awardee are available at