Chapter FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the American Association of Blacks in Energy?

The American Association of Blacks in Energy ("AABE" or the “National Association”) is a national, non-profit organization founded and dedicated to ensure the input of African-Americans and other people of color into the discussions and development of energy policies, regulations, R&D technologies, and environmental issues.  


What is the Greater Boston Chapter of AABE?

The Greater Boston Chapter of AABE is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization established to further the National Association’s mission in the Greater Boston area and to help build the pipeline of people of color to enter into the energy industry.  Specifically, the purpose of the Greater Boston Chapter is to:

  1. encourage Black and other underrepresented students to pursue careers in energy-related fields and to provide scholarships and internships for such students and volunteer opportunities for energy professionals;
  2. ensure involvement of Blacks and other underrepresented groups in governmental energy policy-making by recommending capable, sensitive and informed personnel in energy-related fields
  3. serve as a resource for policy discussions of the economic, societal and political impact of environmental and energy policies on Blacks and other underrepresented groups; and
  4. encourage both the public and private sectors to be responsive to the problems, goals and aspirations of Blacks and other underrepresented groups in energy-related fields. 


Who can join AABE-GBC?

Membership in the Greater Boston Chapter of AABE, much like the National Association, is on an individual basis for the following: 

  1. Managerial and professional employees and owners of energy related businesses, including, but not limited to businesses engaged in technology and innovation related disciplines affecting the energy industry, and research and development, exploration, refining and marketing of energy resources such as oil, metal, gas, electricity, coal, hydroelectric, nuclear, and solar, as well as issues relating to environmental matters;
  2. Consultants who offer expertise primarily in energy related disciplines that serve the energy industry of local or national government agencies;
  3. Managerial and professional employees of energy industry-related trade associations;
  4. Educators in energy-related disciples;
  5. Federal, state and local governmental officials having energy-related responsibilities;
  6. Undergraduates and graduate students who desire to actively support the purpose and objectives of the Chapter; and
  7. Current Chapter members who are in “good standing” as defined by the National Association By-Laws and are eligible to have their membership renewed with the Chapter. 


How can I join AABE-GBC? 

Provided that one meets the criteria outlined above, an individual may apply for membership by completing the membership application and presenting evidence of payment of National Association dues for the application year and paying the Greater Boston Chapter dues.  Membership dues may be paid on-line at under the Membership tab and completing the on-line application.  A person may pay the local dues by check.  When paying by check, the membership application should be sent to the Greater Boston Chapter P.O. Box and the check should be made out to AABE-Greater Boston Chapter, attention Chapter Treasurer.  The address is AABE-Greater Boston Chapter, P.O. Box 51119, Boston, MA 02205. 


What are the benefits of becoming an AABE-Greater Boston Chapter member?

 There are many benefits of becoming a Greater Boston Chapter member, including opportunities to: 

  1. Network with over 1600 professionals within the energy industry and environmental field;
  2. Develop and enhance your leadership skills by leading teams and serving on boards and/or committees at the chapter, regional or national level; 
  3. Engage through (1) connecting your employer’s STEM outreach specifically to communities of color; (2) involvement with AABE-GBC’s five signature programs, including its Energy Roundtable and Speaker Series and student programs; (3) quarterly meetings of the National Association Board of Directors and regular Chapter meetings; (4) free webinars on important energy and environmental issues, (5) joint efforts with other AABE chapters in the Northeast area; and (6) participation at the AABE Annual National Conference; and
  4. build the pipeline of people of color in the energy industy


What are the membership dues?

Membership dues are $175.00 annually, which includes a member’s National Association dues ($100.00) and local Chapter dues ($75.00).  For individuals who are currently enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students seeking membership in the Greater Boston Chapter, membership dues are $55.00 annually: National Association dues ($20) and AABE-GBC dues ($35.00).  Please be advised that dues are applicable to the calendar year, i.e., January 1 through December 31 in the year in which they are paid. 


Is the Greater Boston Chapter of AABE a recognized non-profit organization?

Yes, effective as of October 24, 2014, the Greater Boston Chapter of AABE is an Internal Revenue Service public charity under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3), and donors may deduct contributions that they make to the Chapter under Internal Revenue Code Section 170.  The Chapter is qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under Section 2055, 2106 or 2522.

In addition, the Chapter is recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a tax exempt entity effective as of March 13, 2015. 

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