SLAC Colloquium Series

SLAC Colloquium Series


Colloquium Detail

Reflections of a Physicist Commissioner: California’s Energy Efficiency Programs

Date: 5/17/2010

Art Rosenfeld

Dr. Arthur Rosenfeld from LBNL will speak about two subjects:

1) Reflections about his ten years of experience as a physicist in Sacramento in the position of California Energy Commissioner, from which he just stepped down,

2) His innovative idea of offsetting global heating from trapped green house gases by painting our roofs WHITE: his claim is that every 1000 square feet of white roofs offsets the heating effect of about 10 tons of CO2 equivalent.

Art Rosenfeld received his Ph.D. in Physics in 1954 at the University of Chicago where he was Nobel Laureate Enrico Fermi's last student.

Dr. Rosenfeld then joined the Luis Alvarez Particle Physics Group at LBNL where he worked until 1974. At that time, he changed his research focus to the efficient use of energy, a field to which he made major contributions which benefited the entire state of California and the nation.

From 1994 to 1999, Dr. Rosenfeld served as Senior Advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy's Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

In 2000, Governor Gray Davis appointed him Commissioner at the CA Energy Commission, a position to which he was reappointed in 2005 by Governor Schwarzeneggger.

Among many awards and honors, Dr. Rosenfeld received the Enrico Fermi Award in 2006, one of the oldest and most prestigious science and technology awards given by the U.S. Government, for his lifetime achievements.

Last update: October 03, 2013