The DOE logo, seal, and word mark are official graphical identifiers of the U.S. Department of Energy and are meant for official use only, to represent the Department's official position. They may be used to recognize funding or official support by the Department if the usage has proper qualifying language to explain its presence on non-DOE materials and it is reviewed and explicitly approved by the Department. They cannot be used in a manner that has an implied or explicit endorsement of any private company, service or product. There is a Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) regarding the DOE graphical identifier at:
Description of the DOE Seal Elements
The DOE seal is composed of a shield bisected by a lightning bolt on which is emblazoned a sun, atom, oil derrick, windmill, and dynamo, which are crested by the head of an eagle atop a rope. The sun, atom, oil derrick, windmill, and dynamo serve as representative technologies whose enhanced development can meet the Nation’s increasing demand for energy; the lightning bolt represents the power of the natural forces from which energy is derived; the eagle represents the care in planning and the purposefulness of efforts required to respond to the Nation's needs; and the rope represents the cohesiveness in the development of the technologies and their link to our future capabilities.
The color scheme of the seal is derived from nature, symbolizing both the source of energy and the support of man's existence. The blue field represents air and water, green represents mineral resources and the earth itself, and gold represents the creation of energy in the release of natural forces. By invoking this symbolism the color scheme represents the Nation's commitment to meet its energy needs in a manner consistent with the preservation of the natural environment.
Guidance on Usage of the DOE Seal and Logo
A Federal DOE employee may use the graphical identifiers on official DOE media, employing proper discretion that the usage is appropriate. If you are an employee of the Department and you need to access the artwork please use the Powerpedia at:
If you are an employee of the Department and need to use the seal or logo but do not have access to the Powerpedia please work with a Federal supervisor to obtain the artwork.
If you are not a Federal employee of the Department, or you want to use the DOE logo, seal or word mark by a non-Federal, non-DOE entity, or use the artwork in a manner that does not constitute the Department's official position but may represent our funding or other support, we need to gather information to fully review your desired usage and determine if it is appropriate as well as what kind of conditions may be needed to qualify/explain its usage. This process may take days or longer depending on the details of the desired usage and the immediate availability of the authorities involved. Please start the Request for Permission to Use the DOE Logo by responding to the initial questions below, and sending them to Graphics@hq.doe.gov. This is not an on-demand, dedicated service, so please allow at least several working days for your request to be addressed. Once we have your initial information we will review it and see if we have further questions. Once we have all the information we need it still takes a few days to go through the final executive review.
Note: If your external organization has received funding or support through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) please contact Scott Minos for guidance on using the EERE graphical identifier.
Request for Permission to Use the DOE Logo, Seal or Word Mark (Official Graphical Identifiers)
The Director, Office of Administration, is the Secretary's designee for approving usages of the DOE graphical identifier by entities external to the Department or purposes other than standard official usages. The Department has a concurrence system to process requests for use of the identifiers which gathers pertinent information about the requestor, the association with the Department, the context the identifier would be used and the content it would be associated with.
The initial questions to gather information are below. Please start this process by responding to the questions and sending your response to:
Graphics@hq.doe.gov Please allow several days or longer for this review to proceed, this is not an on-demand, dedicated service.
1) One of the most important parts of a review is input from the DOE Program Office that is providing the funding/support. Without an official association with the Department, and explicit input from the DOE office that is providing the support, no requests can move forward for review. Please start, if possible, by working with your DOE supporting office to find out what they want as far as recognition for their funding/support. Then it is best if the DOE office initiates the DOE seal/logo usage request. It is possible for a recipient to initiate a request, but we still need the name and other contact information for their DOE supporting office to process the review. Requests where a recipient has not already worked with the supporting office may take longer and be harder to process.
If you are a recipient of funding/support and have not already worked with your supporting office please provide the name and contact information for your DOE contact with responsible involvement in the project/funding so we can get input from them. We ultimately need to get input from a Federal employee at Headquarters but provide us with whatever contacts you have. We will be checking with this person/authority on the desired usage to ensure the Program Office is comfortable with the graphical identifier usage on their program/initiative before being sent forward for executive review.
2) Please explicitly describe the desired usage of the DOE graphical identifier. Mock-ups are best. Where will it be used, how will it be used, what information is it associated with? We need to clearly understand the specifics of exactly how and where the identifier will be used, for each and every desired usage.
2.5) Note: For most external uses of our graphical identifier there needs to be qualifying wording to explain why it is there. Common qualifiers are "Funding provided by" and "Support provided by", but there is no one answer as to the proper explanatory wording. The usage of the identifier needs to be clear as to why it is there. It cannot have an appearance of endorsement of any private company, service or product.
3) What is the association between the Department and this external entity or non-DOE usage? Why should the artwork be there? Please provide brief information, but enough so a reviewer can understand the relationship between this external usage and the Department.
4) Is there any urgency to this request? When do you need to hear from us? We will work the review process as fast as possible, but his is not an on-demand, dedicated service so please allow at least several days or longer for your request to be processed.
5) Who are you? What is your involvement with this request? Who do we contact with further questions? Please include full information such as your title, organization, involvement with the project, and involvement with the Department.
Once we have your initial responses we will review them and start the process. All the details do not need to be answered for each desired usage; we do need enough information about the specifics of this desired usage so an executive can make an informed decision to properly conduct a review.
Last updated 05/02/16