Minorities in Energy Initiative


The Minorities in Energy Initiative (MIE) is a platform to increase engagement of minority and tribal communities in the broader energy sector, with a focus on minority-owned businesses and workers. MIE initiatives focus on the three primary goal areas of STEM education and workforce development, energy economic development, and climate change. As part of the climate change goal, DOE is hosting eight Regional Climate Change Impact webinars as part of the MIE initiative. 

Experts will provide findings from the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) and outline federal energy policy objectives, proposals, and actions as they relate to climate change and resilience for underserved communities. An expert on energy and climate change job strategies will discuss job opportunities and regional options for renewables and energy efficiency. Authors of the National Climate Assessment will discuss their findings and the regional applicability to those communities who are disproportionally impacted by the effects of climate change. In collaboration with U.S. Global Climate Change Research Program, we hope to engage a diverse audience through these regional webinars.

To register, locate your region in the table below. Click on the registration link and select the corresponding region and date from the drop down list.

DateRegionSpeakerRegister (click on date)Archived Webinar Recording
July 9, 2015NortheastEmily Cloyd & Fred Lipschultz

Register for July 9

Northeast Webinar Recording
August 6, 2015

Southeast & Caribbean

Jayantha Obeysekera & Camille Coley

Register for August 6

Southeast & Caribbean Webinar Recording
September 29, 2015AlaskaSarah Trainor

Register for September 29

October 1, 2015MidwestSara PryorRegister for October 1 
November 5, 2015

Hawaii & Pacific Islands

Jo-Ann Leong & Victoria KeenerRegister for November 5Hawaii & Pacific Islands Webinar Recording
December 3, 2015Great PlainsBull BennettRegister for December 3 
January 7, 2016SouthwestHilda BlancoRegister for January 7 
February 4, 2016NorthwestTBDRegister for February 4 

Additional Resources

Minorities in Energy Initiative
National Climate Assessment
President’s Climate Action Plan
Regional Climate Change Webinar Presentation

Visit the YouTube Channel to see past Webinar recordings.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the MIE Climate Change Impact Webinar Series or experience issues registering for the webinars, please email Melinda Higgins at melinda.higgins@hq.doe.gov.