Women in BETO: Advancing the Transition to a Clean U.S. Energy Economy

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Bioenergy Technologies Office


October 5, 2021

Women in BETO: Advancing the Transition to a Clean U.S. Energy Economy

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More than 50% of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) staff identify as women. These passionate and dedicated women work on bioenergy-based operational matters and technologies, in areas such as algae; biomass and waste feedstocks; conversion; data, modeling, and analysis; and systems development and integration.

Dr. Valerie Sarisky-Reed, acting BETO director, guides the focus of the team toward developing technologies that convert domestic biomass and other waste resources into low-carbon biofuels and bioproducts. Bioenergy technologies like these can enable a transition to a clean energy economy, create high quality jobs, support rural economies, and spur innovation in renewable energy and chemicals production.

The women of BETO contribute to driving the future of bioenergy by:

  • Mobilizing public clean energy investment in the biofuel, chemical, and agricultural industries
  • Accelerating the deployment of bioenergy technologies
  • Supporting the achievement of economy-wide net-zero emissions by 2050 while ensuring that the benefits of this work are equitably distributed to all Americans.

Help BETO Accelerate the Bioeconomy

If you are interested in an exciting career in bioenergy, training opportunities are available through BETO’s Algae Technology Education Consortium. And don’t forget to explore technical and non-technical careers in bioenergy using BETO’s Bioenergy Career Map. This resource allows users to plot the progression from entry level to management jobs in the field, as well as how to transition into other career options.