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Energy Commissioner Arthur Rosenfeld honored

25 April 2006

ATTENTION: Energy and environment writers and editors

Contact: Robert Sanders, Media Relations
(510) 643-6998

A day-long symposium in celebration of the 80th birthday of energy efficiency pioneer Arthur H. Rosenfeld, one of five California Energy Commissioners and a University of California, Berkeley, professor emeritus of physics.

Eleven eminent scientists and educators will speak on topical energy issues in honor of Rosenfeld, considered the father of energy efficient building design. He founded and directed for nearly 20 years the Center for Building Science at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), where he focused on the study of windows, lighting and other building technologies and created computer software for the design of energy efficient structures.

8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., this Friday, April 28

Sibley Auditorium, UC Berkeley. The event also will be webcast live at: http://webcast.berkeley.edu/events/details.php?webcastid=15730

Energy luminaries from UC Berkeley and beyond, including:

  • Steven Chu, director of LBNL and 1997 Nobel laureate in physics
  • John Holdren, director of The Woods Hole Research Center at Harvard University and president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Henry Kelly, president of the Federation of American Scientists
  • Joseph Romm, executive director of the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions and former Acting Assistant U. S. Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • Stephen Schneider, co-director of the Center for Environmental Science and Policy at the Stanford University Institute for International Studies
  • Robert Socolow, co-director of The Carbon Mitigation Initiative at Princeton University

Arthur Rosenfeld will close the day with comments.

Speakers at the invitation-only symposium, dubbed "The 'Rosenfeld Effect,'" will discuss the role of increased energy efficiency in California, in China, and on a global scale; the intersection of energy and safe drinking water in the developing world; the twin challenges of mitigating climate change and sustaining orderly markets in fluid fuels; how to turn good science into good politics; and defining, predicting and coping with global warming.

Rosenfeld, who has been on the California Energy Commission since 2000, is the co-founder of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the UC's Institute for Energy Efficiency, and the Washington-based Center for Energy and Climate Solutions. From 1994 to 1999, he served as senior adviser for the U. S. Department of Energy's assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy.