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December 12, 2012
SBA Increases Size Standards for Waste Remediation Services & Information/Admin Support

Earlier this week, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced that they have revised size definitions for small businesses in Administrative and Support & Waste Management and Remediation Services categories, saying these revisions "reflect changes in marketplace conditions." The new standards are published in the Federal Register. 

December 11, 2012
There is a critical need for more minorities to enter the energy industry. Hands-on activities like the workshop pictured above at the Spelman Girls Institute (Nov 17, 2012) help provide these entry points.
Unlocking the Promise of a Clean Energy Future by Boosting Diversity in STEM

*Editor's Note: This article was originally published in the December 2012 edition of The Legislator, a publicaiton of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.*

For America to succeed in the 21st century, making sure all children receive a world-class education is more than a moral obligation; it’s an economic imperative.

December 7, 2012
The 2012 class and mentors of the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program.
Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Seeking Underrepresented Students in STEM

Are you a student in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degree looking for a worthwhile summer internship?  Do you currently have a child pursuing these types of degrees?  If so, applications are now open through January 18, 2013, for the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship, which is a 10-week paid summer internship program that provides research opportunities to minority and female students pursuing degrees in STEM majors.

December 5, 2012
Laura Quaha of the Campo Kumeyaay Nation and Melissa Estaes with the Campo Environmental Protection Agency accompany START team members at a September 2012 wind site assessment on the Campo Indian Reservation in San Diego County, California. | Photo by Alexander Dane, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
New Tribal Nations Energy Initiatives

The Energy Department announces new tribal energy initiatives for 2013.

December 4, 2012
Applications are now open for the Office of Science's Visiting Faculty Program.
Applications Now Open: Learn About the Visiting Faculty Program

Applications are being accepted now through January 10, 2013, for the Visiting Faculty Program

November 28, 2012
Hanford Site Celebrates National Native American Heritage Month with Educational Workshops

*Editor's Note: This article was originally posted in the Office of Environmental Management's EM Update, Volume 4, Issue 11, November 2012.

November 20, 2012
Inaugural C3E Symposium Fosters Collaborative Discussions and Celebrates Achievements

The C3E initiative is a network of national-level actions that strive to increase women’s participation in clean energy careers worldwide. Learn more here about the Inaugural Women in Clean Energy Symposium, held with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this September.

November 20, 2012
The Long Island Solar Farm (LISF) -- currently the largest solar photovoltaic power plant in the Eastern United States -- generates enough renewable energy to power approximately 4,500 homes. LISF is located at Brookhaven National Laboratory. | Photo courtesy of Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Opportunities for Minority Students in the Solar Industry

Solar industry jobs are increasing along with the rapidly expanding solar industry. As reported this month by the Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census, jobs in the industry are increasing by 13.2 percent annually, six times faster than the overall job market.

November 15, 2012
Students and faculty participating in AIREI gather at the one-week Energy Summer Institute, held at NREL last summer.
Celebrating our work with Native American Students in STEM During National Native American Heritage Month

Throughout November, we celebrate Native American Heritage Month as a country, honoring the first people who lived in the United States and the ways that American Indians and Alaska Natives enrich our Nation.