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Our energy sector is experiencing a rapid transformation driven by technological advancements, changes in policy, and societal demands. The growth of job opportunities in clean energy are undeniable and high-paying. Women are seizing the opportunity to lead and contribute to the energy transition.
In this new captivating series, “Women are Energy Superheroes,” we share the career pathways and stories of remarkable women in the energy workforce. These profiles highlight the accomplishments of women who have successfully pursued energy-related careers, including those who have attended community college programs. Each profile provides valuable insights into the excitement and impact of energy careers while offering tips for aspiring professionals.
We are proud to announce that all of the remarkable women featured in this series are also celebrated in the children’s book, “Everyday Superheroes: Women in Energy Careers.” This series is in collaboration with award-winning children’s book author, educator, and STEMinist Erin Twamley.
Together, let us celebrate and join women in the energy workforce as they continue to shape a sustainable and brighter future.
Driven by curiosity, Amanda’s journey into the world of energy started when she stumbled upon a sandwich shop located in a LEED-certified building in 2012. The building was in downtown Chicago, called Hannah’s Bretzel, and the whole space had signage about how the space was sustainable. The mix of environmental responsibility and architectural design piqued her curiosity. Now, Amanda spends her days using her engineering and project management skills to help create buildings and infrastructure that are durable to a changing climate.
Amanda began her career as a science teacher. After her encounter in Chicago, she studied and took an exam to become a LEED Green Associate. She joined her local U.S. Green Building Council to learn about local sustainability projects. Many building professionals seek certifications and programs from organizations like the US Green Building Council, Buildings Performance Association, or Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. She started working on school sustainability projects before launching her second career full-time.
Today, she uses advanced computer software to analyze building data to reduce its carbon footprint. All of this data is collected through energy audits. These audits help monitor and predict energy usage and potential savings. These audits collect data including electricity consumption for lighting, heating, and cooling, as well as emissions associated with the production, transportation, and installation of building materials for projects.
Amanda’s involvement goes beyond data analysis as she frequently visits building sites, collaborating with construction workers, architects, and building owners while wearing a hard hat, steel-toed boots, and safety goggles. Her hands-on approach ensures that the construction process aligns with the carefully planned sustainability and resiliency building strategies.
She believes that by designing and building with sustainability, resiliency and equity in mind, we can create a brighter and greener future for everyone. She still supports efforts to diversify green building professionals by advocating for and mentoring students in K-12. Beyond her professional pursuits, Amanda finds solace in practicing the piano, traveling and maintaining an active lifestyle. Connect and learn more about her work on LinkedIn.