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NREL in the Community

NREL's community and stakeholder outreach, educational programming, and charitable giving efforts are key to our mission and organizational culture.

STEM Education

From 2014 to 2019 12,184 students visited NREL for an educational fieldtrip

2020 marks the 30th year of both the Middle School Car Competition and the High School Science Bowl

2018 Giving Campaign

NREL raised $476,279 total supporting 413 charities and cause-areas

This included employee donations, participation in a charity kickball tournament, and contributions from the Alliance for Sustainable Energy

Employees in the Community

4,685 employee volunteer hours were matched with $46,847 in charitable donations from 2017 to 2019

NREL's Bike MS 150 team has raised over $148,000 since it began in 2014

2019 Community Outreach Highlights

4,277 community members reached January—June 2019

Hosted 1,960+ community members, stakeholders, partners, and business leaders January—June 2019

Celebrating 13th year of Executive Leadership program, providing learning opportunities for energy-related decision makers

Walking Campus Tour

Visitors to our main Golden campus will learn about our research and see how we are demonstrating clean energy technologies, reducing waste, and eliminating atmospheric pollution.

Tours are available at no charge and are held the third Monday of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The tour is a vigorous, outdoor walking tour, so visitors are urged to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Tours start at the NREL Education Center.

Participants must be 18 or older, a U.S. Citizen, and have a photo ID. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. Email the public tour organizer or call 303-384-6565 to make a reservation.

Power Lunch Lecture Series

NREL's monthly Power Lunch Lecture Series highlights cutting-edge research at NREL and topics of interest to the community. Visit the events calendar for all programs.

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