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.
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.
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—
To develop renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and practices,
To advance related science and engineering, and
To transfer knowledge and innovations to address the nation's energy and environmental goals.
NREL has received several awards and recognition for our diversity efforts, including:
Recipient of the 2010 Rocky Mountain Minority Development Council's Corporation of the Year Award.
Minority Enterprises, Inc., (MEI) Chairperson's Award
Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Procurement Outreach
Energy Secretary's Award for Small Business Programs
SBA Dwight D. Eisenhower Award
MEI Corporation of the Year Award
SBA Award of Distinction
Recruiting for Diversity
NREL's Education Programs aggressively recruit interns through many venues, including colleges and universities across the nation and the following organizations: