SAN FRANCISCO The Federation of American Scientists has chosen Mark D. Levine, director of the China Energy Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as the recipient of the 2008 FAS Public Service Award for "his extraordinary contributions to energy efficiency research and for his work in China to build a strong energy program."
Levine is a pioneer on energy efficiency research. He was part of a major study, "A Time to Choose," funded by the Ford Foundation in 1972 that, along with the 1973 American Physical Society study, created the mandate and agenda for energy efficiency in the United States. He has been a leader in energy efficiency since that time, having played significant roles in key studies of the American Physical Society, the World Energy Council, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Energy Foundation, and other organizations.
He was also a part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) team of scientists that won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, awarded jointly to former Vice President Al Gore, Jr., "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change."
For the last 20 years, Levine led the China Energy Group (http://china.lbl.gov/) at LBNL. The group formed as a result of a U.S. Department of Energy sponsored conference on China's energy markets held in Nanjing, China in 1988 and has worked collaboratively with Chinese organizations to further energy efficiency policy in China.
"Through my work with the China Energy Group, we've introduced techniques for analyzing appliance efficiency standards in China, created voluntary energy efficiency agreements between China's government and industry, and developed state-of-the-art tools and data collection to permit analysis of China's energy future," said Levine, listing some of t
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