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For Immediate Release—August 1, 2014

Washington, D.C. — The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) congratulates Sydney McNiff Johnson, board member at ACORE and principal at Dentons US LLP, on her appointment as a new Ambassador with the prestigious Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) initiative.

“I’m very proud and pleased to congratulate Sydney on her appointment as a C3E Ambassador to USDOE” said ACORE President and CEO Michael Brower. “At ACORE, we are honored to learn from some of the best and brightest female leaders in the STEM and energy fields, and Sydney thoroughly deserves this impressive recognition for her outstanding accomplishments and contributions within the sustainable energy sector.”

C3E was launched by the 23-government Clean Energy Ministerial in 2010 and the U.S. C3E initiative is led by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI). C3E works to close the gender gap and increase women’s participation and leadership in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, and energy finance and policy fields.

"I am honored to join this most impressive group of energy professionals committed to mentoring and developing women in the field of clean energy technologies,” said Sydney. “Fostering women as energy champions and thought leaders will promote game changing ideas for a promising energy future."

Sydney enjoys more than 30 years of energy policy experience, starting with her work on Capitol Hill with Congressman Pete McCloskey (R-CA) in 1978 as Energy and Environmental Legislative Assistant. She also serves on the board of directors of the Women's Council on Energy and Environment (WCEE), the National Symphony Orchestra, and is a member of the Chairman's Council of Conservation International. Sydney obtained her BA in Political Science and Economics from the Colorado College.

ACORE board of directors Co-Chair and fellow C3E Ambassador, Dan Reicher, stated “I couldn’t be happier to welcome Sydney to the C3E program. The clean energy community will benefit from women leaders of her caliber, and Sydney brings the background and expertise needed to help develop the next generation of leaders.”

C3E outlines the Ambassadors program as consisting of 30 distinguished senior professionals who represent the initiative at public forums and work to strengthen the recruitment, retention and advancement of highly qualified women in the energy field.  

About ACORE:
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