The second annual Energy & Environment Career Summit fosters relationships between employers and employees specifically interested in energy and environmental policy issues. Join the Harris Energy and Environmental Association (HEEA), Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) and Harris Career Development Office for a day of mingling with professionals, meeting Harris students and learning from industry leaders. Sectors represented will include government, non-profit, research and private in the areas of environment, energy, sustainability and conservation as related to policy.

We will bring together leaders in the green sector to explore future environmental career opportunities and expand your networks. This will be a great way to interact with industry professionals to understand issues they’re facing and how to solve them.

*Note: This event is open to graduate students at the University of Chicago only.

Paritipating organizations will include:
Advanced Ionics
Clean Energy Trust
Delta Institute
DOE – Argonne
ENGIE Distributed Solar (SoCore)
FirstFuel Software
Friends of Chicago River
Invenergy, LLC
Omni Ecosystems
Plant Chicago
Union of Concerned Scientists
Verde Energy Efficiency Experts
West Monroe Partners


Friday, March 8, 2019

9:30 am

Coffee Chats

Kick off the summit with coffee with fellow participants in an intimate setting.

10:00 am–11:00 am

Policy Challenge

Work in teams to present solutions to current or previous policy challenges faced by participating employers.

11:00 am–12:00 pm

Lunch Keynote

Hear from an expert speak about their work including their challenges and findings gaining a better insight to the nuances their area. (Speaker TBA)

12:00 pm–1:00 pm


For students: Connect with potential employers in the energy and environmental sectors to better understand how they operate, what challenges they face, and what skills they’re looking for.

For employers: Meet high-caliber graduate students specifically interested in energy and environment issues. Learn more about the school’s curriculum and current trends in energy and environmental policy education.

Areas of Focus: Energy Markets
Energy Markets
Well-functioning markets are essential for providing access to reliable, affordable energy. EPIC research is uncovering the policies, prices and information needed to help energy markets work efficiently.
Producing and using energy damages people’s health and the environment. EPIC research is quantifying the social costs of energy choices and uncovering policies that help protect health while facilitating growth.