CHARLESTON, SC — Southern Current, the Lowcountry’s leading solar energy company, is helping launch a Charleston chapter of Women in Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE).
WRISE promotes the education, professional development, and advancement of women to achieve “a strong diversified workforce and support a robust renewable energy economy.” Through their core principles of building community, promoting education, and cultivating leadership, WRISE advances women’s professional interests in the renewables industry.
WRISE and Southern Current will host the coastal SC chapter’s next meeting on June 5 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at One80 Place, 35 Walnut Street. The meeting will feature a conversation with Elizabeth Colbert-Busch.
Steffanie Dohn, Director of Government Relations for Southern Current, notes: “As a dynamic, growing industry, renewable energy holds great promise for women working from the ground floor to the C-suite. Our goal is to create a network of talent and insights to help women achieve success in this field.”
Southern Current was a member of statewide coalitions that recently advocated for The Energy Freedom Act, which ensures competitive pricing and a way forward for renewable energy in residences, commercial properties and large-scale applications.
Founded in 2005 as Women of Wind Energy (WoWE), they rebranded in May 2017 to the WRISE title. WRISE’s dedicated staff and volunteers are “committed to building a diverse workforce for the success of renewable energy in the US and around the world.” WRISE’s local chapters get their communities involved in many ways such as “hosting a variety of educational and networking events including field trips and outreach to schools.” The organization has grown to include 30 chapters across the United States and Canada, with Charleston being the newest addition to their growing contingent of branches. The group’s headquarters are based in Brooklyn, New York, but their footprint spreads across North America.