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
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.
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