The Association of Energy Engineers- National Capital Chapter (AEE NCC) and Leaders in Energy (LE) will conduct its 5th annual Energy & Sustainability Extravaganza at The George Washington University on Friday, February 15th, from 11 am – 8 pm.

Our theme this year is “Getting to Net Zero Emissions in Energy, Carbon, Water, and Waste.” This event will highlight innovative concepts, technologies, policies, products, and services in the university and business communities which are advancing ways to utilize clean energy, achieve zero waste, and use water efficiently.  

We’re walking the talk…delicious food for lunch and reception will be provided by sustainable caterers @greenplatecatering and @laprimafoodgroup, while our event will be zero-waste, with composting support provided by @sustainablegw!

Participants will learn from representatives from universities in the Washington Metro region and businesses who offer these solutions.  They will also hear from women leaders in this field who will provide their perspectives on opportunities in the cleantech industry as well as career advice and tips.

The Extravaganza includes the following three events:

  • The Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) Luncheon Panel on “Career Perspectives in Cleantech from Women Leaders.” (11 am – 1:45 pm);
  • University and Business Showcase Panels – Getting to Net Zero Emissions in Energy, Carbon, Water, and Waste (2:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
  • Networking Reception (6:00 – 8:00 pm)

Admission includes access to the Showcase Exhibitors.

NOTE: Volunteer for our Extravaganza. Give the cause several hours and get in free! Roles available for registration desk, reporting and notetaking, photography, livetweeting, and more! Contact Marcia Rock, Volunteer Coordinator, at Leaders in Energy at Students, please contact Chris Perry, GW Student Advisor with the Association of Energy Engineers- National Capital Chapter at

Registration includes ALL three events—luncheon career panel, university + business showcase; and the evening reception.

The “Getting to Net Zero” Showcase attendees the opportunity to connect with professionals in the clean energy and sustainability community including the AEE and Leaders in Energy communities, university departments, cleantech businesses, and other Extravaganza attendees.  This event should prove useful for students and other job seekers interested in the green tech and services field via engaging with others who are working in this area.

See our Women in Leadership (CWEEL) speakers below.

See information at the Leaders in Energy Archives about our past Extravaganzas held at The George Washington University, George Mason University and University of Maryland-College Park here.

Women in Leadership Panel (CWEEL)

Moderator: Ida Namur, CEP, Operations Manager, Southeast Services, AECOM and AEE NCC Program Chair

Solome Girma, CEM, LEED GA, Director, Program Management Office at District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU)

Annika Moman, Senior Vice President, Leads Power & Energy Services, AECOM

Nadia Rhazi Khawar, Global Energy Group Manager at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

Lindsey Robinett Shaw, LEEP AP O+M, EEP, Manager, Energy and Sustainability Programs

KEYNOTE ADDRESS – Big Picture on Getting to Zero Emissions – The Energy Transition

Todd M. La Porte, Associate Professor, Schar School of Government and Policy, George Mason University


MODERATOR: Farah Singer, PhD, Research Associate, A. James Clark School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Maryland


Meghan Chapple, Director, Office of Sustainability & Senior Advisor, University Sustainability Initiatives, The George Washington University

Sally DeLeon, Project Manager, University of Maryland, Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability & Risk

Chauncey Jenkins, Facilities Manager, University of Maryland

Margaret Lo, University Sustainability Director, George Mason University


Moderator: John Gaffigan, Leaders in Energy and Outsourced VP of Sales

Panel One: AECOM, AF Global Energy Solutions, CED GreenTech, CEBN, DCSEU
• Michael House, VP of Energy Services, AECOM
• Brian Parent, VP of Sales, AF Global Energy Solutions
• Bob DeLullo, Manager, CED Greentech
• Lynn Abramson, President, Clean Energy Business Network
• Giuliana Kunkel, CEM, LEED AP O+M, Acct Mgr, Higher Education and Federal Facilities, DCSEU

Panel Two: VA Clean Energy, Vivint Solar, Armstrong Filtration, Thermaxx, Water Management
• Silvia Zinetti, Co-founder and President, Virginia Clean Energy
• Dan Van Dam, Sales Manager, Vivint Solar
• Denny Alexander, Principal, Armstrong Filtration
• Rich Brown, Regional Sales Manager, Thermaxx, LLC
• Tom Horner, VP and Co-founder, Water Management