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For Immediate Release: October 20, 2004
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

Commissioner Rosenfeld to Receive Benjamin Ide Wheeler Medal


Sacramento - Arthur Rosenfeld, acknowledged as the "father of energy efficiency in buildings," will receive the Benjamin Ide Wheeler Medal October 21 from the Berkeley Community Fund. Named after a former University of California president, the medal honors "Berkeley residents who have improved the quality of life of a great number of people in the community."

Rosenfeld is a retired physics professor at UC Berkeley and retired physicist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Rosenfeld and his wife have a home in Berkeley, but he lives in Sacramento during the week, working with state agencies to promote energy conservation and efficiency as one of five commissioners of the California Energy Commission.

The Berkeley Community Fund is an organization that serves the city's less fortunate through the continued support of 100 individuals and businesses. It will honor Rosenfeld during its Berkeley Community Awards dinner at the H's Lordships, Berkeley Marina.

After founding the Center for Building Science at the Berkeley National Laboratory in 1985, Rosenfeld pioneered the development of energy efficient fluorescent lamps and "heat mirror" windows, which have become standard in buildings across the country, saving Americans about $5 billion a year.

Rosenfeld also served in Washington as a senior energy advisor in the Clinton administration. Former Governor Gray Davis appointed him to the Energy Commission in 2000.

Commissioner Rosenfeld, who received his Ph.D. in Physics under Nobel laureate Enrico Fermi, recently received one of the lifetime achievement in energy awards from Flex Your Power - a partnership of California's utilities, residents, businesses, institutions, government agencies and nonprofit organizations working to save energy.

For related web sites, please click on:

www.fypower.org/feature/awards/award_descriptions.html

www.berkfund.org

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