Drive revolutionary growth of the Colorado clean energy economy by educating and empowering women and girls

The Colorado Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Initiative is a workforce development and networking program for advancing women in clean energy, operated by the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster.


Colorado C3E creates long term economic impact by:


Aligning resources with needs


Identifying and implementing actions with measurable results


Influencing the State of Colorado’s clean energy strategy

Planting C3E Seeds in Colorado

C3E Women in Clean Energy winner uses prize money to create a grassroots Colorado initiative

When Judy Dorsey, president of sustainable engineering and planning firm Brendle Group, won the U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) program’s Women in Clean Energy award at the inaugural symposium in September 2012, she knew she needed to do something with the $10,000 cash prize that would help spread the mission of C3E. Read the article by Vicki Ekstrom, MIT Energy Initiative.

Thanks to our sponsors for making the Colorado C3E Initiative possible


Evidence from many sectors suggests that integrating women into all levels of the energy value chain will lead to more effective clean energy initiatives.

-Lorena Aguilar, International Union for Conservation of Nature

Developing women leaders in clean energy



of US professional occupations are held by women. 26% of US technology jobs are held by women.



of Americans are comfortable with women in leadership roles, but only 18% of US leadership positions are held by women.



better return on investment capital; 42% increase in return on sales; 53% better return on equity in companies with at least three female directors.


Creating opportunities for women in clean energy

C3E is a program of the Clean Energy Ministerial, 23 major-economy governments accelerating the transition to clean energy technologies and policies.