“We lost a long-time and well-respected champion of forward-thinking energy policy today who led the state’s push for energy efficiency. His work and influence will continue, especially in California where we are committed to finding new opportunities to incorporate his vision and expertise.”
– Robert B. Weisenmiller, Chairman, California Energy Commission
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“Without doubt, Dr. Arthur Rosenfeld knew more and did more about energy conservation and efficiency than anyone else in the country. […] His work will live on in homes, businesses, public buildings and everywhere else where fuel is used.”
– Ralph Nader, consumer advocate, excerpted from here
“When I took over as director of the Berkeley Lab division that he started and involved people that he inspired, it was for me the singular moment in my life to learn about energy broadly, and energy efficiency specifically, from him and his former students. It changed my life forever. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude for all he has done for energy efficiency for California, for the United States and for the world.”
– Arun Majumdar, Stanford professor of mechanical engineering and co-director of the Precourt Institute for Energy
“Over the past four decades, Art worked tirelessly to advance energy efficiency in the U.S. and more recently, around the world. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to say that the work Art pioneered is now indispensable in how the world transitions to a sustainable future. On a more personal note, Art was one of the most decent, generous, engaging, passionate and thoughtful people that I have known. His engaging persistence in asking interesting, important questions, while being completely open to new ideas, made him a compelling colleague. He has inspired over two generations of researchers in the field of energy efficiency; I include myself among those inspired.”
– Steven Chu, Stanford professor of physics and of molecular & cellular biology, former director of Berkeley Lab
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“[Art] was a master at dispelling myths and misinformation. Chief among these was that energy (rather than wise use of energy) was what truly powered economic growth. Thus, each dollar spent on more energy efficient light bulbs provided more benefit at a lower cost than a dollar spent on new power plants. He set a great example of those of us under his tutelage.”
-Evan Mills, Berkeley Lab senior scientist, excerpted from here
“Thank you Art so much for giving so unselfishly, teaching so many things, and for shaping my thinking and beliefs in a fundamental way. I’ll miss you enormously but cherish your wonderful attitude towards life, young professionals, openness to new ideas and pursuit of learning.”
-Satish Kumar, Executive Chairman, Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy, and Senior Advisor, Berkeley Lab, excerpted from here
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