Enhancing Energy Equity through Building Technologies Partnerships

Commercial and residential buildings in the U.S. consume 75% of the nation’s electricity and 40% of the nation’s total energy use, and account for 35% of the country’s carbon dioxide emissions. Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of buildings through energy efficiency and building electrification measures is key to meeting ambitious energy reduction and climate change mitigation goals. To help address the issue, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) funds and leads a variety of research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) activities, public-private partnerships, and workforce development activities. 

To ensure equitable benefits and access to these activities, BTO is working with the Minority Serving Institution (MSI) STEM Research & Development Consortium (MSRDC) to expand awareness, promote collaboration, and gather input to enhance BTO’s partnerships and collaboration with MSIs.

MSRDC is seeking participants from U.S. minority-serving institutions to complete a short survey to offer their feedback on BTO’s programmatic offerings and inform BTO of MSI’s needs. BTO intends to use this information to increase MSI participation.

Please complete the survey questions by 3/4/24 to be included in the report. If you're unable to respond before 3/4/24, the survey will remain open to add points of contact until 3/15/24.

Session 1: BTO Overview - April 18th, 3-4:30 PM ET

During the first session, BTO program staff will provide an overview of BTO, research and development opportunities, and a new prize program. 

The feedback portion of this event will focus on providing feedback to MSRDC on how BTO can improve its communication of these opportunities and collaboration with MSIs.

Session 2: Partnership Opportunities - May 17th, 3-4:30 PM ET

During this session, BTO program staff will discuss opportunities for partnerships between BTO, MSIs, and Industry.  


The feedback portion of this event will focus on identifying the assets and needs for MSIs to partner with BTO, as well as a chance for MSIs to provide MSRDC feedback on how BTO can improve its communication and collaboration with MSIs.  

Session 3: Place-based Learning Opportunities and Workforce Development - June 7th, 3-4:30 PM ET

During this session, participants will hear from BTO program staff about programs and resources designed to support place-based learning and workforce development activities, as well as about current and upcoming opportunities for partnership. 


The discussion portion will focus on providing the MSRDC with feedback on the opportunities and identifying communication strategies and institutional needs to increase MSI participation. 

Session 4: Opportunities for Student Advancement - June 14th, 3-4:30 PM ET

In the final session, staff will discuss opportunities for student advancement both within DOE and with outside entities.  


Participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback on these opportunities to improve access, increase participation, and suggest ideas for additional resources and outreach. 

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to provide feedback to MSRDC on Building Technologies Office programs. Each event is limited to 50 participants. If you are unable to attend, but would like to receive a notification when the recorded informational component of each virtual event and its associated resources become available please click here.

For additional information please visit: Building Energy Innovation and Minority Serving Institutions Partnerships | Department of Energy

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at: ([email protected]

Project Team

About the DOE Building Technologies Office (BTO)

BTO develops, demonstrates, and accelerates the adoption of cost-effective technologies, techniques, tools and services that enable high-performing, energy-efficient and demand-flexible residential and commercial buildings in both the new and existing buildings markets, in support of an equitable transition to a decarbonized energy system by 2050. 


BTO conducts work in three key areas to continually develop innovative, cost-effective, energy-saving solutions: research and development (R&D), commercial and residential building integration, and building codes and equipment standards.  


BTO funds small businesses, nonprofits, post-secondary education institutions, industry partners, and national laboratories to deploy energy efficiency technologies and catalyze training opportunities and job growth for the building energy workforce.


The MSI STEM Research & Development Consortium (MSRDC) is a research development partner and strategic asset to more than 70 minority-serving research institutions, industry, and government partners. MSRDC focuses its activities on advancing STEM equity through developing innovative solutions to eliminate structural barriers to MSI participation. 

Code of Conduct

MSRDC has a zero-tolerance policy for any form of discrimination or harassment by participants during our meetings. If you experience any type of harassment or hear of any incidents of unacceptable behavior we ask that you report the behavior to [email protected] so that we can take the appropriate action.  


MSRDC reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the meeting without warning and forfeiture of the honorarium, in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior. MSRDC reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting. 


Examples of unacceptable behavior include but are not limited to, verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, or threatening or stalking any attendee, speaker, MSRDC staff member, service provider, or another meeting guest. As well as the disruption of presentations at sessions. 


Participants requested to cease harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Failure to do so will serve as grounds for access revocation.  


Who may participate?

Faculty, Administrators, Career Services Staff, Facility Managers, and Sustainability Professionals from U.S. Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and affiliated Not-for-profit entities (i.e., entities associated with MSIs and associated technical fields).  


If you would like to participate but are unsure, please contact us at: [email protected] 

Can I attend more than one event?

Yes, you can attend one or all events. You must participate for the entire duration of an event to receive the honorarium. 

Will the events be recorded? Will recordings be available?

MSRDC will record the informational portion of each session and will make these available for later viewing. The feedback portion of each session will not be recorded.  


To ensure the privacy and confidentiality of the information discussed during the webinar participants are not permitted to record the webinar. Participants who violate this policy will be barred from future webinars. 

How will I receive my honorarium?

Participants will receive their honorarium via VISA gift card to the registered email address.