Frank Niepold will be speaking at the DOE funded Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize Summit

  • 3 November 2022
Frank Niepold will be speaking at the DOE funded Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize Summit

Frank Niepold from the Climate Program Office's Communications, Education, and Engagement (CEE) Division will join Richard Ezike, a Program Communication Specialist, U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Transportation and Dahna Goldstein, Chief Investment Officer, Halcyon House on a panel at the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize Summit focusing on additional Funding Sources for the prize winning teams. 

The Inclusive Energy Innovation Prizes seek to enable clean energy and climate innovation, and entrepreneurship programming and capabilities at colleges and universities that serve large populations of students underrepresented in STEM, Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), community colleges, and undergraduate institutions. Additionally, they create and increase participation in clean energy and climate-smart job training and job placement/hiring, including programs that target participation from disadvantaged communities, including formerly incarcerated individuals and youth transitioning out of foster care. The workforce training could cover identifying energy efficiencies and greenhouse gas inventories, renewable energy manufacturing, and deployment. The prizes foster grassroots innovation related to just and equitable clean energy deployment through activities focusing on community-centric networks and bottom-up solutions for sustainable development, based on the needs of the communities involved. Finally, they identify and fund activities that will help disadvantaged communities become aware of, apply into or otherwise secure DOE funding or other federal, state, local government or private (for-profit or nonprofit) funding, in support of the government’s Justice40 goals.

For more information, contact Frank Niepold.




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