Overview: Case Western Reserve University's (CWRU) Great Lakes Energy Institute (GLEI) was created in 2008, with a mission to empower our faculty, students and partners to catalyze breakthroughs in energy sustainability that address the most pressing problems facing our world. The Institute has attracted nearly $10 million in energy gifts, including support from the Cleveland Foundation, the Milton and Tamar Maltz Professorship in Energy Innovation, and the Thomas W. and Nancy P. Seitz Professorship in Advanced Materials and Energy. GLEI directly supports faculty in energy research by promoting collaborations – including industry and university partnerships – for the pursuit of winning major energy funding and educating students. Since the Institute’s inception, CWRU has quadrupled its level of energy-related research. GLEI plays an integral role in connecting faculty and assets at CWRU with the wider world, including hosting an energy Speaker Series, which draws together industry, academia, and the public for strong research discussions. This bridge building further includes affiliations with national conferences such as ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summits and IEEE EnergyTech conferences. The ThinkEnergy program, piloted in 2015, extends our expertise to develop energy literate students, with research, policy and entrepreneurial experiences, to become the energy leaders of tomorrow.