UNM Rainforest Innovations

Sandra Begay, Chair of the UNM Rainforest Innovations (UNMRI) Board of Directors and Researcher at Sandia National Laboratories, is the co-author of a manuscript published in Science exploring the opportunities of renewable energy on tribal lands. Science is one of the world’s top academic journals for scientific news, commentary, and cutting-edge research.

Sandra serves as the lead staffer for Sandia National Laboratories for a program that assists American Indian tribes with renewable energy developments. To date, she has worked with 20 tribes across the country to help them develop 10-year vision, strategy, and action plans. Additionally, she initiated the Sandia-DOE (Department of Energy) Indian Energy Internship Program for American Indian students where she has mentored 50 students studying engineering, energy, and the environment. More recently, she joined the prestigious advisory council of Stanford University’s Doerr School of Sustainability to accelerate its mission of learning more about the earth, climate and society and generating sustainability solutions.

See the April 11 article, “Opportunities to grow tribal clean energy in the US,” on the Science website here: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.adk8298?utm_source=sfmc&utm_medium=email&utm_content=alert&utm_campaign=SCIeToc&et_rid=35077425&et_cid=5173502

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