Today at Berkeley Lab

Congressmembers Mark DeSaulnier and Kathy Castor Visit Berkeley Lab

DeSaulnier (D-Concord, CA) sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Castor (D-Tampa, FL) sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. During their visit last week, they received a briefing on the Energy Technologies Area’s Sustainable Transportation Initiative and toured the Advanced Light Source.

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Rocky Mountain Institute Brief Cites Berkeley Lab Report

The Rocky Mountain Institute released an “Insight Brief” on how to scale home energy financing projects that cites a Berkeley Lab report, “Current Practices in Efficiency Financing: An Overview for State and Local Governments,” by ETA’s Greg Leventis and others. The Rocky Mountain Institute is an independent, non-partisan nonprofit that drives the efficient and restorative use of resources.

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State Legislators Adjourn Senate, Assembly in Memory of Art Rosenfeld

During the adjournment last week, Senator Nancy Skinner and Assemblyman Tony Thurmond cited Rosenfeld’s pioneering work to establish the Lab as a leader in energy efficiency research, his service on the Energy Commission, and the “Rosenfeld Effect” that’s kept California’s per capita electricity consumption flat since the 1970s. Watch Skinner’s remarks here, and Thurmond’s here.

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Director Mike Witherell Meets With Governor Jerry Brown

Directors from California’s six federal research labs recently met with Brown to discuss how the state can leverage the labs to solve some of its toughest challenges. Witherell noted it was a positive, far-ranging discussion, with the labs fielding questions from the Governor across a range of topics including energy, environment, water, health, cybersecurity, and infrastructure.

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Jim Hawley is Lab’s New State & Community Relations Manager

Hawley previously was a principal at the Dewey Square Group, developing the firm’s West Coast sustainable energy practice. Prior to that, he developed and managed the multi-state advocacy program for TechNet, represented emerging growth companies in Silicon Valley as a corporate attorney, and served as legislative director for former U.S. House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt.

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Mallinda Co-Founder Participates in Capitol Hill Briefing in D.C.

Mallinda’s Chris Kaffer (far right) participated in a briefing on the current state of U.S. manufacturing. Hosted by the bipartisan House Manufacturing Caucus and moderated by DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, the briefing focused on efforts to improve the competitiveness of the nation’s manufacturers and manufacturing workforce. Mallinda is a 2016-2017 Cyclotron Road participant.

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Advisors to Governor Jerry Brown Visit Berkeley Lab

Senior advisors to California Governor Jerry Brown recently spent the day at Berkeley Lab. They learned about many of the Lab’s cutting edge research initiatives to solve the nation’s grand challenges. Advisors from the CA Department of Finance and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon’s office also participated in the visit.

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CA Council on Science & Technology Seeks Scientists for S&T Policy Fellowship

The California Council on Science and Technology is accepting applications for 2018 Science & Technology Policy Fellows. As Fellows, scientists and engineers spend one year in Sacramento serving the California State Legislature. The program trains scientific thinkers to be policy-savvy, while helping equip lawmakers with science-savvy staff. Applications are due Feb. 28. More>

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Lab Booth at Solano Stroll a Big Success; Director Witherell Participates

Mike Witherell joined twenty-six volunteers from across the Lab to become an ambassador for “cool science” at the Solano Stroll on Sept. 11. The ambassadors answered hundreds of questions from many local residents who were excited and eager to learn more about the science being performed at Berkeley Lab. Go here to see the list of volunteers, and here for photos.

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Lab Among Sponsors of New Workplace Gender Equity Resource Guide

Action items outlined in the best practices guide include closing the wage gap, reducing unconscious bias, improving mentorship, developing healthy workplace cultures, offering HR policies that benefit all, and advancing women as leaders. View the guide here. Government Relation’s Jennifer Tang was the Lab’s point of contact for the guide.

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