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With Kiana Michaan (Policy Research, Ecogy Energy), Tiya Gordon (COO, itselectric), Melina Acevedo (Partnerships Lead, Latinxs in Sustainability), Laura Fox (Streetlife Ventures).
Wed, Jun 14, 2023 @ 05:30 PM   FREE   Gotham Market at The Ashland, 590 Fulton St

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Clean energy is an increasingly important sector within green technology. As climate change becomes an urgent issue, cities are turning to cleaner solutions for sourcing power. Although climate tech & clean energy industries are on the rise, the issue of equal access remains. In 2022, Business Insider reported that at both the startup & manufacturing/labor force levels, underrepresented communities, such as women & people of color, are largely excluded from clean energy industries.

New York City, & Brooklyn in particular, have growing green tech industries. Make It in Brooklyn is presenting a panel of local M/WBE entrepreneurs & founders in clean energy, who will discuss how they are tackling the lack of inclusiveness in the field & the need for access to foundational & educational support networks.

Join us for the event with brooklyn-based founders, business leaders, students, & budding entrepreneurs & learn from challenges overcome by underrepresented leaders in the clean energy sector. Network with peers about renewable energy technologies & gain exposure to business resources & pathways to success in climate tech.


Kiana Michaan, Policy Research at Ecogy Energy, Climate Justice Organizer & CELI Fellow

Kiana Michaan (she/her) is a renewable energy professional & climate justice organizer. She currently works on solar policy with Ecogy Energy. Kiana previously worked at Sologistics where she provided permitting, utility interconnection, & project management for hundreds of solar projects across New York City. She has also worked on intersectional climate justice storytelling with Our Climate Voices & worked with WE ACT for Environmental Justice. Kiana was a fellow with the Clean Energy Leadership Institute, is an NYC lead with Black Girl Environmentalist, & serves as a member of the advisory panel for Diversity in Sustainability.


Tiya Gordon, itselectric

Tiya holds 20 years experience in design, leadership, & operations across a range of disciplines for some of the country's top firms & institutions. She is now venturing to spend the next 20 years on projects that use design to wage war against the Climate Crisis.

Tiya's work has received the industry's top accolades, including The National Design Award from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; the SXSW Innovation Award for Urban Infrastructure; the Inaugural Cannes Gold Lion for Creative Data; the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival; & the designation of second most innovative design firm in the world by Fast Company.

Melina Acevedo, D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments & Latinxs in Sustainability

Melina Acevedo (she/her) is a Leadership Team Member & Partnerships Lead at Latinxs in Sustainability (LiS) & a Project Development Manager at D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments, where she manages the development of utility-scale solar projects across the US.

As a first-generation college graduate & immigrant from Peru, Melina is passionate about removing the barriers to entry for environmental jobs, particularly for students & young professionals from historically marginalized communities, & building a diverse & equitable leadership pipeline. At LiS, she is leading a workforce development program with the City College of New York, connecting students with employment opportunities throughout NYC.

Laura Fox, Streetlife Ventures

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