On Friday, April 15th, members of the Stanford Energy Club joined the Clean Energy Leadership Institute’s co-founders, fellows, and friends from Berkeley energy programs to discuss methods of bringing this unique network to the Bay Area. The happy hour, held at 21st Amendment Brewery, was a great way for energy enthusiasts and energy club leaders to meet with local industry heads.
CELI is a non-profit dedicated to empowering young professionals for careers in clean energy. The program was launched three years ago in Washington DC, with the aim of empowering a diverse group of pragmatic young people to develop solutions to climate change. Their competitive Fellowship Program runs twice a year with fellows coming from across the private and public sectors, thus creating a rapidly growing network of professionals. So far, over 150 fellows have gone through the program.
“We had a great time meeting with fellow students and young professionals working in energy-related fields,” Terra Weeks, VP of the SEC Projects team and collaborator of the event, noted. “Opportunities such as CELI not only help develop applicable industry skills, but also foster a strong and diverse network. Such opportunities are obviously are in high demand. We look forward to supporting CELI’s mission and exploring future collaborations.”
Several industry professionals from PG&E, Alternative Microgrid Solutions, and Bidgley also attended the event and offered their perspective on the energy climate and the opportunities in the field. We plan to partner with our colleagues for upcoming small group dinners and hope to host more events with CELI and BERC in the near future!
-Rahul Kini and Terra Weeks