California Golden Again on Energy Efficiency, Regains #1-State Spot in Tie with 6-Time Winner Massachusetts
10thAnniversary Energy Efficiency Scorecard Shows VT, RI, CT, NY Rounding Out Top 5; MO, ME, and MI are 3 Most Improved States; LA, KS, SD, WY, and ND at Bottom and Most in Need of Improvement
Washington, DC—ACEEE is pleased to announce that Mandy Mahoney of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) and David Parekh of United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) have joined ACEEE’s board of directors. In other transitions, Peter Molinaro (Dow Chemical, retired) and Maxine Savitz (independent) left the board. Ms. Savitz, who joined the board in 1985, will continue to serve ACEEE as board member emeritus.
Pacific Grove, California—ACEEE presented three Champion of Energy Efficiency awards last night at its 19th biennial Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. The awards recognize leadership and accomplishment in the energy efficiency field. Winners are selected based on demonstrated excellence in research and development, energy policy, implementation and deployment, buildings leadership, or lifetime achievement. The winners for 2016 are:
ACEEE Congratulates Founder Art Rosenfeld on Receiving the 2016 Tang Prize for Sustainable Development
Art Rosenfeld has been named a 2016 Tang Prize Laureate for Sustainable Development. He is being honored "for his lifelong and pioneering innovations in energy efficiency resulting in immense reductions in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions around the world.” As our founder and mentor, ACEEE is extremely proud of Art and his lifetime commitment to make energy efficiency pivotal in the world’s transition to a sustainable future.
You know the facial expression of a person who got confused on the way to being excited? That is the typical the response I get when I tell people my areas of research. I am an environmental psychologist. Before you ask… No, I do not perform psychotherapy on bunnies and I’m afraid I can’t tell you how trees feel before being cut down (although I imagine it’s the type of thing that would get your sap pumping). In fact, I have spent the better part of a decade (in British Columbia, Canada) researching the psychology of human behavior, as it relates to environmental problems.
Energy efficiency is a proven and cost-effective strategy to reduce pollution and can help states comply with environmental regulations, including EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Even with the Supreme Court stay of the rule, there are many reasons to move forward with energy efficiency.
The past year included many successes, including quite a few that we can build on in the new year. Among the notable developments in 2015:
ACEEE signs on to executive actions bringing energy efficiency to households across the country.
ACEEE executive director Steven Nadel made this statement on the report Cost, Effectiveness and Deployment of Fuel Economy Technologies for Light-Duty Vehicles released today by the National Research Council, the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering:
American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and other organizations participate in Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America Commitment to Action
MILWAUKEE—Johnson Controls plans to scale up its innovative program to help small and medium-sized suppliers reduce energy use in their manufacturing facilities as a CGI America Commitment to Action.