Like many employment sectors, the clean energy industry does not currently reflect the demographics of society at large. The clean energy vision for the future must be inclusive of all groups, including low-income residents, people of color, and women. Because everyone uses energy and is impacted by energy generation, everyone needs to be a part of the energy conversation. In order to truly live our mission and enable the growth of a robust North Carolina clean energy ecosystem, NCSEA must take the lead in improving inclusiveness in the clean energy industry. Through NCSEA’s Inclusiveness Initiative, we aim to capture the ideas, perspectives, and voices that encompass the diverse citizenry of North Carolina. Our board and staff worked together to develop NCSEA’s Inclusiveness Principles and Commitments. These principles are core to NCSEA’s overall mission and capture our vision for our Inclusiveness Initiative.
NCSEA engaged B&C International, the oldest minority-owned business management consulting firm in the United States, to lead our board and staff in the development of an action plan that translates our vision for an inclusive clean energy industry into a tangible roadmap, with deliverables to help get us there.
The NCSEA Women in Clean Energy project is an initiative to advance, celebrate, and support the women working in North Carolina’s clean energy economy. As part of NCSEA’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusiveness program, the Women in Clean Energy project is eager to enhance North Carolina’s clean energy industry to ensure that it is both reflective of and responsive to the diversity of the North Carolina population.
NCSEA's board enacted an impressive recruitment plan with an inclusiveness strategy, which empowered the board to make strides towards being more reflective of the demographics that NCSEA serves.
Did You Know: NCSEA conducted a survey of
Diversity and Inclusiveness in the North Carolina Clean Energy Industry
Throughout 2018, NCSEA worked with computer science students from North Carolina Central University (NCCU) to collect and analyze information about the current state of diversity and inclusiveness in the clean energy ecosystem from our members and partners. NCSEA designed a survey to collect demographic information about the respondents as well as their job satisfaction, barriers faced to diversity and inclusiveness, and where there is room for improvement. You can find a summary of the study’s findings on our blog.
Information obtained from this study allows NCSEA to better understand the diversity and inclusivity of our clean energy ecosystem and identify where we can help break down barriers and support a more inclusive clean energy future.
If you have any questions about the NCCU survey or NCSEA’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusiveness (ED&I) Program, please contact Jordan Jones.
Inclusivity is embracing diversity to achieve shared quality of life, health, and economic goals.
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