Forums-to-Action (F2A) is a proven framework that creates energy solutions while developing students’ leadership skills to launch careers in energy. Focus Chapters on college campuses across the country use the F2A framework to
  • Focus their campus on clean energy solutions and meet the energy sustainability goals of the institution
  • Build relationships with local government, the utility sector, energy organizations and the clean energy businesses to inform and support energy solutions
  • Develop and implement student-led energy projects that impact sustainability goals and GHG emissions
  • Increase the following skill sets for the students
    • Leadership Competencies
    • Transferrable Career Skills
    • Energy Literacy
  • Increase student access to energy internships and job placement opportunities

To benefit from the F2A framework, the first step is to submit an application to Start a Chapter. Focus the Nation is expanding our network of Focus Chapters to a limited number of campuses across the country. We will select campuses to ensure a diversity of regions, demographics and institutions (i.e. public, private, 4-year & 2-year institutions, etc.). Focus the Nation will contact you directly after receiving your Chapter Application.

To submit an application you will have to sign in to the website. If you have not yet signed up on the FTN website you will be directed to create a profile before you begin your application. FTN does not share any personal information with third parties.

Program Details

Each Focus Chapter benefits from the F2A framework and its comprehensive curriculum that guides students to implement energy projects that positively impact their communities. Three key features of our F2A framework are highlighted below.

Framing Your Focus

Energy is huge! It’s literally everywhere! Because there are so many issues to tackle, it can get overwhelming -- until you begin Framing Your Focus. Focus Chapters begin by assessing the most relevant, actionable energy challenge in their community. This process is guided by our F2A framework and begins with informational interviews with key stakeholders on and off campus. Throughout the process of Framing Your Focus, Chapters increase their energy literacy with help from The WATT? An Energy 101 Primer, our national webinar series, analyzing their local energy landscape, and mentor sessions with our network of energy professionals.

Once Focus Chapters define the focus of their energy challenge, they design and host a Clean Energy Forum that launches an Energy Project. This Forum not only educates participants and increases their energy literacy, it also engages them in design of the energy project! Focus the Nation has partnered with The University of Portland’s Teaching Our Leaders Civil Discourse and Service (TOLCS) to enhance the effectiveness of Clean Energy Forums. Chapters implement strategies that attract a diverse audience to attend the Forum. Encouraging public participation and engaging them to help determine the pathway to a clean energy solution greatly enhances the impacts of Energy Projects.

Click here to learn more about events hosted by Focus Chapters.

Leveraging the momentum created at the Forum, project design and implementation begins! These solutions-oriented Energy Projects provide experiential learning opportunities for students while engaging the community to create positive impacts. Many projects take longer than one semester to design and implement so the F2A curriculum provides strategies that will create project sustainability over the long haul. Watch a video below highlighting the work of the Focus Chapter at Columbia Gorge Community College!


Focus Chapters aim to create solutions to their communities’ unique energy challenges but many of the projects can be replicated in other communities with minor tweaks. Focus Chapters share successes and challenges of their projects on our website to inspire more young people to become a part of the solution.

Click here to learn more about Energy Projects launched by Focus Chapters.

University of Oregon
Project Launch Date: 2012

University of Oregon's F2A Team found an opportunity to spread energy literacy via P2P (Peer-to-Peer) sharing in an effort to create a Student and Community Outreach for Renter Efficiency (SCORE) program already popularized by the Colorado University, Boulder and University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire campuses.

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Project Launch Date: 2012
The Wisconsin Focus Chapter, Students for Energy Efficient Living - SEEL,  is creating an innovative incentive-based program geared towards encouraging multi-family residential property owners and renters to make more environmentally friendly choices. This includes ways to make properties more energy efficient and to encourage occupants to make smart, eco-friendly decisions.
Columbia Gorge Community College
Project Launch Date: 2011
The Delta Energy Club (DEC) of the Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) is currently determining the feasibility of a Community Renewable Energy Project at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. The project would support student learning and community energy literacy.


Focus the Nation has guided students across the nation to increase energy literacy, create community energy solutions, and enter into careers in energy upon graduation. To learn more about the Energy Talent Pipeline visit our Alumni page.
Ben Dutil

2010-2011 Focus Coordinator,

Wind Power Technician Student,

Northern Maine Community College

"FTN gave me skills that I would not have received in my everyday training for my trade. I benefited from the experience by enhancing my skills in team-building, public speaking, event planning, stakeholder engagement, community outreach, advertising, TV and newspaper interviewing, and much more. The contacts that I was able to gain will prove beneficial in my career search when I graduate."

Dianne Harrison
Former President of California State University

"I applaud the leadership development piece being included and recommended by Focus the Nation and hope that CSU Monterey Bay can play a role as a model of best practices."

Olympia Snowe
Former United States Senator, Maine

"Focus the Nation is widely known and celebrated for its unflinching determination to move this country forward in the arena of clean and renewable energies. Northern Maine Community College, as well, has repeatedly demonstrated a passion for forward thinking and innovative programs, such as their wind power initiative, that push boundaries and inspire us all. With great admiration for both of these stalwart entities, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out the ‘other’ energy in the room - that of the deeply dedicated students who have brought this forum here today."

Riley Neugebauer

Sustainability Coordinator,

Skidmore College

2009 Focus Coordinator

Durango, CO

"Young people are demanding that the principles of sustainability leave the confines of the classroom and take hold in the practical world, and Focus the Nation is giving students what they need to help create that shift by providing leadership development, national networking, and solutions. What Focus the Nation is doing is critical, clever, and compelling."


Focus the Nation approaches our clean energy leadership development programming through what we call our Collaboration Quadrants model. This proven approach to working with young people on the issue centers entirely around what role they will play in America’s transition to clean energy prosperity. Knowing what assets you bring to the team is just as important as understanding the complexities of the challenge at hand. In order to empower our student teams in every state, all FTN programming builds collaborative teams of four types of students whose skill sets are critical to accelerating local and national solutions.



Technicians need opportunities to build and maintain the infrastructure of solutions



Innovators need opportunities to create and demonstrate the power of new ideas



Politicos need opportunities to craft and advocate for policies that drive a transformative public agenda



Storytellers need opportunities and content to shape the narrative of their generation's engagement with the clean energy transition