In April, Houston-based Clearway Energy teamed up with GROW, a local organization founded by Ken Williams that focuses on helping underserved communities in the Houston area. Clearway’s Black Inclusion Group (BIG) sponsored GROW and had volunteers from their Houston office supporting two events: GROW Literacy Day and GROW Fest.
GROW Literacy Day was held at the Julia Hester House in Houston’s 5th Ward and catered to elementary and middle school children. BIG and the volunteers shared the life stories of minority women working in the renewable energy sector, and they introduced different types of renewable energies in an interactive setting. The children had the opportunity to build and draw their own smart energy-saving city and space. GROW provided meals for the children, along with a literacy bookmobile that offered free books related to renewable energy. Clearway’s BIG distributed swag bags and read books to the children, making the event engaging and fun. The day concluded with a powerful drum line performance, showcasing the community’s appreciation.
GROW Fest, a free career resource event, took place at Houston Community College Central. Clearway Energy and other companies showcased job opportunities in the renewables industry. In addition to the career expo, panels provided exposure to green resources and opportunities. These discussions aimed to educate and inspire disadvantaged youth and communities to engage in resilient and sustainable practices, ultimately enhancing their lifelong learning skills and improving their quality of life.
During one panel, Clearway presented a video that was honored at the 2023 Webby Awards. This video, which documents Hawaii’s transition to 100% clean energy and the state’s renewable energy commitment, was recognized in the Corporate Social Responsibility category for its powerful storytelling.
A key highlight of GROW Fest was the panelists sharing their experiences in the renewables industry and the paths they took to get there. Representatives from various organizations, including Boeing, Clearway Energy, Engie, Syzygy Plasmonics, and others, participated in these discussions.
Take a look at some pictures of the events: