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The Circular Economy Working Group seeks to emulate nature by closing the loop of resource use and recycling,

where nothing is wasted and everything serves a purpose!


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Who we are

Welcome to our community of leaders working to scale and accelerate clean energy and sustainable solutions.  Join our global action network to connect with people in the US and around the world (in over 100 countries) who are passionate about making a difference.  We conduct monthly forums, including workshops, where we convene experts in our focus areas including sustainable communities, green economy, and multigenerational leadership.  We also help our members connect with one another on opportunities related to employment and business partnering.

We are a non-profit 501-c-3 organization.

Sustainable Communities

We are working to create Sustainable Communities by connecting those who want to DEPLOY sustainable solutions with companies and vendors who can PROVIDE those solutions. Our event in February 2018 at the University of Maryland College Park on “CleanTech Innovation and Entrepreneurship” was an example of this. We brought together diverse university departments including ─ Engineering, the Center for Global Sustainability, Innovation and Economic Development, the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute, and the Sustainability Office ─ to present their programs in cleantech innovation and entrepreneurship to accelerate solutions for a more sustainable world. Organizations from the business community highlighted innovative approaches to green building and other clean energy solutions. They included Advanced Biofuels USA, Clean Energy Business Network, Edison Energy, Lockheed Martin, Mosaic Power, Nissan Leaf, Standard Solar, Water Management Inc., and more.  We have worked on actions and strategies ranging from consensus building to convening experts on energy systems such as microgrids to reduce greenhouse gases and taking actions to move from a throwaway society to a circular economy.

Green Economy

Green Jobs and Careers

We work to help connect job seekers with job providers through our annual Green Jobs Forums. We conducted our 5th Annual Green Jobs Forum on August 16, 2018 at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments which featured officials from around the region in clean tech and employment services as well as LE members who had found or created green jobs to give their advice and tips to others.

See our recap articles titled “D.C. Wants You: Our Nation’s Capital is a Hub for Green Jobs” and “The Green Graduate’s Guide to Getting a Job.”

Green Finance

Leaders in Energy has also conducted four annual events on clean energy finance to bring together those seeking finance with investors and investor entities with financial resources.  See our recap article, “A great time to be part of clean energy finance” on our January 2018 event here.

Multigenerational Leadership

We recognize clean energy and sustainable leaders who are making an impact across each of the 4 generations in the workplace – Millennial, Gen X, Baby Boomer and World War II through our annual Four Generations Awards events.

Learn more here about our past awardees in our Four Generations Hall of Fame.

Building a Global Action Network

We are building a global community to connect those seeking to scale and accelerate clean energy and sustainable solutions around the world. With operations in Metro Washington DC, we’ve built a base that spans most major metropolitan areas and over 100 countries.  Click the header to view a global members map.

Learn more here about our mission and our four categories of stakeholders that we connect to help address their challenges or problems.   We help them get to an outcome — like moving ahead in a green career, making real change, staying abreast of trends and developments in the field, collaborating on clean energy policies, making business partnerships, and/or finding investment opportunities for their innovative technologies.

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