Diversity in Geothermal

Geothermal Rising considers diversity, equity and inclusion within the geothermal community and industries as a serious and urgent commitment, both within our own membership and the wider community. We further support the promotion and development of social and environmental justices in energy markets and our wider society.
Scientists project that the U.S. geothermal energy will contribute to 10% of the country’s energy by 2050.
Diversity in the Geothermal Community, and Social and Environmental Justices in Energy Markets

With those goals in mind, we have established a task force of volunteers to lead Geothermal Rising’s efforts and establish our community leadership, metrics, analysis, and guidelines. We will be publishing materials and information to help support our industries in their own endeavors, and will be establishing activities within our program to educate, inform and engage.

2019 GRC Imperial Valley Field Trip Participants
2019 GRC Imperial Valley Field Trip Participants
DEI Champion Award

In 2022, Geothermal Rising introduced the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Champion Award as the newest addition to the annual Honors and Awards that are given out to industry leaders. The focus of this award is to recognize individuals creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for historically excluded groups in the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), especially those in which geothermal is a key factor.

The 2023 recipient was Johanna Ostrum.

Find Out More Here!

2022 GRC DEI paper

Members of GR's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion task force wrote a paper titled "Diversity and Inclusion in the Geothermal Community: Beginning the Journey of a Thousand Miles" that was presented at the 2022 Geothermal Rising Conference (GRC).

Read it here!

2022 GRC DEI Panel

Photos from the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) panel session at the 2022 Geothermal Rising Conference (GRC) have now been added to the GR Flickr page.

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DEI panel at the 2022 Geothermal Rising Conference in Reno, Nevada
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) panel at the 2022 Geothermal Rising Conference (GRC) in Reno, Nevada

Know Your Rights: US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chart

Harvard's Project Implicit: The Implicit Association Test (IAT) measures attitudes and beliefs that people may be unwilling or unable to report: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html

The Predictive Index (PI): This behavioral assessment tool is aimed at creating diversity of thought within a group and understanding the different ways that people approach things: https://www.predictiveindex.com/

Geothermal Rising is committed to improving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to provide a brighter future for Earth and all its inhabitants. Our organization and community embrace and celebrate our members’ differences[1]. It is the responsibility of Geothermal Rising to encourage and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a global geothermal non-profit organization, we are committed to connecting the geothermal community. There is more work to be done and, as we expand across markets and internationally, Geothermal Rising will continue to seek equitable improvement to elevate the geothermal community.
Geothermal Rising Board of Directors, May 2021

[1] Some examples of these differences include but are not limited to: race, creed, color, national origin, nationality, ethnicity, ancestry, age, sex (including pregnancy), family status, marital/civil union status, religion, domestic partnership status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information, liability for military service, and mental or physical disability, language, national origin, political affiliation, social-economic status, and other characteristics that make our members unique.