Share Your Inclusive Energy Vision

February 14, 2022 8:00 am Published by

U.S. Department of Energy unveils the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) recently launched the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize aimed at funding activities related to climate and clean energy that support, build trust, and strengthen relationships and partnerships with disadvantaged communities.

As part of the effort, those working with the department were invited to share their vision for a just and equitable clean energy future. Inspired by the call, researchers studying climate and clean energy technologies at Sandia responded.

Explore visions for an equitable clean energy future from researchers studying climate and clean energy technologies at Sandia below, or browse more ideas on the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize website.

Calling All Innovators:
What’s Your Vision?

Seeking to build a community of inspired innovators, the public is invited to record a brief message describing their vision for an equitable clean energy future. Learn how here.

Resources are available for for those interested in participating.

What’s Your Vision?

“One of the greatest experiences I’ve had working with the tribe—using my language to explain a very complex system to where the elderlies understand what that system is.”


Stan Atcitty
 Leader of Sandia’s Energy Storage Power Electronics Subprogram and Member of the Navajo Nation

“Every human being has an equal right to clean affordable energy and every human being has an equal right not to be disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change.”


Anthe George
Senior Manager, Applied Biosciences and Engineering, Sandia National Laboratories

“Our vision to advance climate security includes partnering strategically with an emphasis on energy equity and environmental justice.”


Rob Leland
Director of Sandia’s Climate Security Center

“There’s no better joy than helping a community, globally or locally, innovatively overcome modern day energy challenges in ways that significantly and sustainably improve all aspects of life.”


Jesse Roberts
Water Power Environmental Lead, Sandia National Laboratories

The Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize, which promises to deliver 40% of climate investment benefits to disadvantaged communities and, at the same time, inform equitable research, development, and deployment within DOE, corresponds with President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative.

Specifically, the prize seeks to enable and enhance business and technology incubation, acceleration, and other community-based and university-based entrepreneurship and innovation in climate and clean energy technologies.

To apply for funding, Phase One submissions are due February 25, 2022. Learn more, share your vision, or watch the participant webinar.