Chatham News

Three Rivers Clean Energy’s Janet Lauer discusses green business practices at next CWE Business Leaders Breakfast on April 8

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
March 22, 2011

PITTSBURGH (March 22, 2011) … The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University will host Three Rivers Clean EnergyDirector Janet Lauer, who will present “How Energy-Related Strategies and Investments can Bring Value to your Bottom Line” as part of the Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series on Friday, April 8, 2011, from 7:30-9:30 a.m. The $25 admission fee includes a continental breakfast and networking session which precede the presentation. Registration and information is available at or by calling 412-365-1253.

Ms. Lauer will tackle energy issues facing modern businesses – both large and small – and how business owners can become savvy energy consumers. Given the rising cost of conventional energy, coupled with concerns about meeting increasing demands, economical energy usage no longer has to eliminate formerly expensive green technologies. Ms Lauer will give valuable green strategies to not only develop greener business practices, but also increase the bottom line. When businesses take a hard look at the way they use energy, they often have trouble correctly identifying strategies to utilize their resources more efficiently. Ms. Lauer will speak about strategies and give action steps to help business owners better understand their options and where to find expert resources to help make informed decisions about energy use.

About Janet Lauer
Janet Lauer is the Director of Three Rivers Clean Energy (3RCE), an economic and workforce development initiative founded in 2006 with a mission to grow the energy industry in the southwestern Pennsylvania region. To accomplish this, 3RCE partners with a wide spectrum of regional and state stakeholders that together focus on five key areas: developing a qualified workforce; encouraging new technology; developing supportive government policy; attracting business investment; and educating and engaging citizens. Prior to taking on this role, Ms. Lauer served for nearly eight years as Senior Vice President of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, a private, non-profit leadership organization dedicated to improving the economy and quality of life of the Pittsburgh region.

Ms. Lauer also spent 20 years in corporate research. She held the position of Operations Manager for the Northrop Grumman Science and Technology Center and had the opportunity to build the 150 person Pittsburgh-based research lab. Prior to that she served as Operations Manager for the Westinghouse Science and Technology Center and spent many years as a scientist in the labs as well, working primarily on energy related projects, including battery development for electric vehicles in cooperation with Chrysler Corporation and the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

About CWE
The mission of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University is to educate, create economic opportunities, and foster entrepreneurial thinking for women entrepreneurs, women in business, and students. The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE) provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs in both new development and growth stages of their businesses to start, develop and significantly grow their companies by utilizing Chatham resources, programs, faculty expertise, and student assistance. CWE also provides programming targeted to local and regional women in business. This programming is designed to teach women in business how to think and act entrepreneurially by focusing on innovation and creativity within the context of an existing organizational environment. And finally, CWE offers specific programs for both undergraduate and graduate students which help them learn the skills needed to become either successful entrepreneurs or successful women in business. For more information about programs offered by CWE call 412-365-1253 or visit

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit