Washington D.C., August 20, 2015. The Organization of American States and the
Department of Energy of the United States of America signed a Memorandum of
Understanding to foster information exchange and collaboration to educate future
generations regarding the principles of sustainable energy and energy efficiency practices.
Honorable Nestor Mendez, Assistant Secretary General of the OAS and Honorable LaDoris
Harris, Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the Department of Energy
and leader of the Minorities of Energy Initiative signed the MOU to provide a sound
foundation that advocate for a literacy-based approach to the teaching of energy and
“Energy is a priority of President Obama’s agenda, especially on the matter of addressing
the needs of minorities and underrepresented communities in the energy sector,” said Hon.
Harris. “This is just the beginning; we look forward to a growing collaboration with the OAS
in this endeavor.”
In his remarks, Assistant Secretary-General noted, “the OAS and several governments in the
region have made it a priority to educate future generation regarding the principles of
sustainable energy and energy efficiency practices.” “The OAS is pleased to support the
efforts of the Government of the United States to increase energy and climate literacy
among educators of all disciplines and among all age groups in OAS Member States
institutions and educational systems.”
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