C3E 2012: Women Reaching Out to Make a Difference

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The MIT Energy Initiative and the US Department of Energy hosted an invitation-only Women in Clean Energy Symposium on September 28, 2012. This symposium – for leaders who have helped advance the careers of women in clean energy, academics, other experts in clean energy, and students who are studying clean energy disciplines – will help lay the foundation for a broader, continuing effort to enable and support the careers of women in clean energy.

Here you can see Carter Wall of Broadway Renewable Strategies moderate a panel discussing how to close the gender gap in the energy industry. Lilia Abron, Founder, President and CEO of PEER Consultants; Deborah Yerkes, Executive Director of the Ohio Energy Project; and Amanda Evans, Project Manager at the New Mexico Energy$mart Academy serve as panelists.

For more information about C3E and to view additional videos from this event, visit the C3E website.

About the Speakers

Moderator

Carter Wall
Director, Performance Solar Division
Broadway Renewable Strategies

Ms. Carter Wall is the Director of the Performance Solar Division at Broadway Renewable Strategies, the largest solar developer in Massachusetts. Previously, she has been involved in many aspects of the industry, from jobs in investment banking and energy supply and generation to market structure and public policy. She has held positions with Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Power Options, Inc., Merrill Lynch and Harvard University. She is also currently collaborating to start a new program called The Future Face of American Energy, to develop summer jobs in the energy industry for college-age women and people of color. Ms. Wall is a board member of New England Women in Energy and the Environment and a member of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, the Environmental Business Council, Innovations in American Government, and Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture.

Ms. Wall earned her BA in Biology from Bryn Mawr College and her MPP in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Panelists

Lilia A. Abron
Founder and CEO
PEER Consultants, P.C.

Since 1978 Dr. Lilia A. Abron has been the Founder and CEO of PEER Consultants, P.C., an environmental consulting firm that provides professional services for the restoration, maintenance, and enhancement of the physical environment – air, land and water. A registered Professional Engineer, Dr. Abron is a member of several professional and technical societies, including the Water Environmental Federation, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Water Works Association, the Society of Sigma Xi, and the American Association of University Women. She also serves on the Board of Registration of Professional Engineers for the District of Columbia and the Engineering Advisory Board for the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Abron has been active in a number of community organizations, including serving as president of the Washington, DC chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and as a board member for the Baptist Home for Children. In addition, she uses her business acumen and engineering expertise to promote science education in primary and secondary schools. Dr. Abron is the first African-American woman in the nation, and the third woman at the University of Iowa, to receive a doctorate in chemical engineering.

Deborah Yerkes
Executive Director
Ohio Energy Project

Ms. Deborah Yerkes, Executive Director, has been with the Ohio Energy Project (OEP) since 1994. OEP is a non-profit organization that facilitates students’ and teachers’ understanding of the science of energy and its efficient use to empower the next generation of energy consumers. OEP works with school districts across Ohio to provide accurate and unbiased information on the sources and forms of energy, energy efficiency, electricity, and the economic and environmental impacts of energy use.

Ms. Yerkes earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Ball State University and a Masters of Education in Teacher Leadership from Wright State University. Before joining OEP, Ms. Yerkes spent seven years in the classroom as a full-time high school science teacher. Since 2006, she has been the Executive Director of OEP. Under her leadership, OEP has earned a national reputation for its programs, including the State Program of the Year from the National Energy Education Development Project, the Outstanding Project in Environmental Impact Education from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund, the Organization Award from the Environmental Education Council of Ohio, and the Outstanding Program (Westerville) from the Ohio School Board Association.

Amanda Evans
Project Manager, New Mexico Energy$mart Academy at Santa Fe Community College
Director, Center of Excellence for Green Building and Energy Efficiency

Ms. Amanda Evans is the Director of the Center of Excellence for Green Building and Energy Efficiency and the Project Manager of the New Mexico Energy$mart Academy at Santa Fe Community College. She teaches the Building Performance Institute Building Analyst and Envelope Professional certifications, the RESNET HERS certification as well as other courses in the NME$A program.  Amanda is on the Board of the Santa Fe Area Homebuilders’ Association, USGBC New Mexico, Foundation for Building and National Energy Educators Institute. She regularly presents about energy efficiency and green building issues at National conferences.

Ms. Evans earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is a member of the US Green Building Council, the Chronic Health Council of New Mexico, Build Green New Mexico, and the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Plus Committee.