NREL in the Community

NREL's commitment to the community includes public tours, stakeholder outreach, and charitable giving efforts.

Virtual Campus Tours

NREL offers virtual tours for participants to learn about our research and see how we are demonstrating clean energy technologies, reducing waste, and eliminating atmospheric pollution.

We typically hold free, staff-led tours on the second Friday of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. To sign up, complete the virtual tour registration form.

We also offer virtual tours designed for students in grades 4–12. Register for a tour for students in grades 4–8 or grades 9–12.

Aerial view of NREL's South Table Mountain campus, with the mountains in the background

Learn how NREL is expanding its campuses and adding space near South Table Mountain.

An ESIF Laboratory

Subscribe to NREL's quarterly newsletter to see how we're supporting the community and how you can help.

NREL's Spirit of Giving

NREL staff rise to the occasion and lend support to their community. This year, we engaged virtually and in person, raised funds and donated supplies, and volunteered in the field, demonstrating how we can make an impact and support causes.

NREL employees pick up trash from the side of the road

During a cleanup at Crown Hill Park, a group of NREL employees collected 11.1 pounds of trash (most of this was cigarette butts) and 1.6 pounds of recycling. Photo from ESCAPES

In summer 2022, a group of NRELians led by Giving Co-Chair Clay Sumner installed rooftop solar panels on a home in Thornton, Colorado. Photo from Cameron Patterson, GRID Alternatives

 

2021 Giving Campaign

NREL raised $675,000 supporting 449 charities and cause areas


This included employee donations, partnerships, employee support, and contributions from the Alliance for Sustainable Energy

NREL in the Community

Over $64,000 contributed through NREL Giving partnerships, volunteering, and employee support


Employee engagement through volunteering and drives benefited 35 diverse causes and agencies