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C3E 2014: Making Wise Energy Investments in an Era of Constraints

16 Sep 2014

The MIT Energy Initiative and the US Department of Energy hosted an invitation-only Women in Clean Energy Symposium on September 16 & 17, 2014. The theme for this year’s symposium was Urban Strategies for a New Energy Future. Learn more at

The goal of the Symposium is to provide women in clean energy with a range of perspectives on clean energy challenges and opportunities. It also provides a forum for networking. It is our hope that the symposium will help build a sustained national and international community of professionals dedicated to advancing the careers and goals of women in clean energy.

In this video, C3E panelists Jacquelyn Dadakis, Stacy Richards, Mary Barber and Joyce Ferris are led in discussion by moderator Elena Alschuler on the topic of “Making Wise Energy Investments in an Era of Constraints.” Forward-looking leaders are addressing the competing goals of productive, affordable, low-carbon energy by establishing partnerships and programs to make their cities smarter and greener. This discussion addresses how public, private and non-profit innovators are taking on these challenges.

Jacquelyn Dadakis
Managing Director of GCE Services, Green Coast Enterprises

Jackie is the Managing Director of GCE Services, the division of Green Coast Enterprises that provides strategic consulting services to property owners, municipalities, and utilities seeking to be more energy efficient. Before joining Green Coast, Jackie worked for Clean Energy Solutions, Inc. as a senior consultant developing innovative financing strategies for energy efficiency and creating community-utility partnerships for the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance and the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance under the Department of Energy BetterBuildings Program.

Jackie also worked for Rebuilding Together, a national non-profit with affiliates in over 200 communities in the United States providing free home repair to low-income homeowners. As an Americorps VISTA, she launched Rebuilding Together’s response to Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast.

Jackie holds a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. in Economics from Claremont McKenna College. She is a board member of the transit policy and advocacy organization, Ride New Orleans, and the ratepayer advocacy organization, the Alliance for Affordable Energy.