Student Energy is a grassroots initiative turned global movement by a group of driven, passionate students. Student Energy began in 2008 when a trio of students from the University of Calgary decided that youth needed a voice in their energy future. Instead of only discussing the status quo of the energy industry, they wanted to unite students to learn about the entire energy system and to empower each other to work towards a sustainable energy future.
With this mission in mind, they hosted the first International Student Energy Summit in 2009 in Calgary, Alberta. The event was incredibly successful. It brought together young minds from over 40 countries, a family of supportive partners, and energy experts from various disciplines to impart their knowledge. The Summit launched its young delegates into the energy industry as entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs who are still driving forward our sustainable energy future to this day. Building on the success of the first Summit, Student Energy held the event again in 2011 and incorporated as a non-profit later that year. Student Energy became a charity in January 2013.
Since that time, the movement grew exponentially to a network of 40, 000 students from 120 countries. Student Energy was just named one of the top 50 youth solutions in the world by the United Nation's Sustainable Development Solutions Network. As the organization grew, so too did out mission. Student Energy exists to empower and develop the change agents who will accelerate our transition to a sustainable energy future and create the space they need within industry, government, and civil society to make that change a reality.
Student Energy continues to create programs such as our Energy Literacy and Chapters programs that empower young people to accelerate our transition to a sustainable energy future. The Energy Literacy Program brings energy information to the digital age with a dynamic energy system map, engaging videos, blog, and radio show. The Energy System Map is the premier tool for anyone, from young students, to university-level students, to the general public to engage with and learn about the energy system. Student Energy Chapters empower university students to leverage our organizational knowledge and brand to take action on energy challenges in their local communities. Chapters are led by students and hosted at universities.
The International Student Energy Event has become the preeminent student summit on energy in the world. There have been four highly successful summits to date, from the inaugural summit in Calgary, to Vancouver in 2011, Norway in 2013, and Indonesia in 2015. The next Summit will take place in June 2017 in Mérida, México, and will bring together over 800 students from 120 countries.
Student Energy remains a committed, resourceful, and youthful organization dedicated to accelerating the world’s transition to a sustainable energy future. The end game for Student Energy is a sustainable energy future where energy serves the needs of the present in a way that is economically, socially and environmentally equitable, and does not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs.