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Diversity Efforts Across the Lab


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NREL has created an inclusive work environment that benefits from diversity throughout the organization, values individual differences, and encourages employees to develop and contribute to their full potential. Our staff speak 30 different languages, and we value our diverse backgrounds.

Educational Outreach 

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We develop science programs that engage the minds of our future leaders, scientists, and engineers. We strive to increase the quantity, quality, and diversity of students preparing to become scientific and technical professionals.

Small Business Commitment 

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We support the growth of minority- and women-owned business enterprises through mutually beneficial technology partnerships. Diverse businesses can collaborate with our scientists and use our facilities, expertise, and capabilities.

Diversity Energizes Our Vision

At NREL, we are proud of our commitment to diversity. We value our employees, students, and partners, and we work together to create an environment of dignity and respect.

While our cultures and creeds, and lifestyles and languages may differ, we share a common desire to carry out our mission—


NREL has received several awards and recognition for our diversity efforts, including:

Recruiting for Diversity

NREL's Education Programs aggressively recruit interns through many venues, including colleges and universities across the nation and the following organizations:

Equal Employment Opportunity/ Affirmative Action

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer.