Members of minority ethnic groups have made only modest inroads into US science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) positions in recent years, according to an analysis of nearly 20 million people.
The analysis was conducted by the Pew Research Center, a non-profit organization in Washington DC, and used data collected by the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series American Community Survey. It found that Black people accounted for 9% of the STEM workforce in 2019. That’s the same proportion as in 2016, suggesting a lack of progress at a time when many companies and universities had pledged to promote diversity. Over the same period, the proportion of Hispanic workers in STEM jobs rose from 7% to 8%. Black and Hispanic people make up 12% and 17% of the US workforce, respectively.
The social justice movement that gathered momentum in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder forced many industries, including renewables, to take a long, hard look at their diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. This episode features Kenneth Labeja, the co-founder and CFO of Triple Oak Power, and Dareem David, director of finance at Primergy Solar, discussing the progress the industry has made on DEI initiatives (4:46 and 16:25) and difficult circumstances they’ve experienced as Black men in renewables (8:30). They also look at ways the renewables industry can flex its financial clout to drive change (19:29) and diversify its ranks of younger talent and experienced professionals (22:26).
Empowering women and girls in developing countries ranked second among 76 solutions for curbing global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, according to a new report by the climate research organization Project Drawdown. Drawdown estimates that girls’ education and family planning would reduce carbon by 85 gigatons by 2050. The report comes just before International Women’s Day on March 8.
There are ample regulatory drivers and utility incentives for reducing a building’s carbon footprint and embracing energy-efficient technology, but not for supporting diversity, particularly for privately held companies.