Wattstopper has made a $10,000 contribution to the University of California at Davis to aid the University in completing its $1 million goal of endowing the Arthur H. Rosenfeld Chair in Energy Efficiency, established in March 2010. The endowment, which has received support from several industry partners including PG&E and Southern California Edison, will be used to recognize and support a member of the energy efficiency faculty at UC Davis. The chair will also promote the Energy Efficiency Center's mission to accelerate the commercialization of energy-efficiency technologies, teach future leaders in energy efficiency, and conduct critical policy-supporting research.
Rosenfeld is professor emeritus of physics at the University of California, Berkeley and co-founder and former director of the Center for Building Science at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His public roles have included myriad notable positions contributing to California's economy, environment, and public health, including science adviser for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; two five-year terms on the California Energy Commission; and a founding board member of the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center.
"UC Davis research has substantially contributed to better solutions for energy efficiency, and I am pleased to support future work at the Energy Efficiency Center," said WattStopper President Jerry Mix. "I'm also pleased that this endowment honors Art Rosenfeld, who has been instrumental in creating and shaping both California and U.S. electric energy conservation efforts and policies."