Michigan Clean Energy Leaders Project Convenes Young Industry Leaders in Northern Michigan

The Michigan Clean Energy Leaders Project, a program co-sponsored by Michigan EIBC, had its first retreat this past month. Fifteen young professionals from across Michigan, spanning the advanced energy industry gathered in June 8-10 for a retreat in Northport, Michigan. Participants were selected from dozens of accomplished young professionals. The program allowed participants to share best practices and facilitated opportunities to collaborate across their respective professions and organizations. Programming covered everything from clean energy deployment in Detroit, to the life-cycle analysis of solar panels, to key challenges to the implementation advanced vehicles & electric vehicles, and much more.

The Michigan Clean Energy Leaders Project is a year-long initiative to build a more diverse, connected, and collaborative clean energy community in Michigan. Selected young professionals participate in two weekend-long retreats and commit to working with other participants on projects to advance the clean energy industry in Michigan.
“The group of participants are incredible. They are all experts in their own fields, but more impressively, they are all collaborative and focused on taking actions” said Cory Connolly, Director of MCEL and Vice President of Development & Community Projects for Michigan EIBC.
In addition to Michigan EIBC’s support, the Michigan Clean Energy Leaders Project is supported by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), a program of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), through a generous grant from Barry Sternlicht, Founder of 1 Hotels and CEO & Chairman of Starwood Capital Group.