September 16, 2009
American Center for Physics
College Park, MD
Speaker: Mark D. Levine, Ph.D., Lawrence Berkely National Laboratory
Abstract: Mark Levine, one of the panelists on the APS report, will describe its main findings and engage the group in a discussion of the report. He will focus on buildings – the area of his expertise and the portions of the report to which he contributed. He will discuss such issues as how electricity demand in California has been different from that of the United States, whether it is possible to obtain large reductions of greenhouse gas emissions at low or negative cost, the role of long-term applied R&D in the national R&D agenda, whether we are on the brink of Zero Energy Buildings, the effectiveness of green rating systems for buildings, and the policies that appear to be effective in reducing growth of energy use in the United States.
Biography: Mark D. Levine was director of the Environmental Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) from 1996-2006, a division of 400 people working on energy efficiency, both R&D and policy analysis. Previously he led the Energy Analysis Department (1983-1996). He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University, and earned a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.
In addition to authoring more than 100 technical publications, Dr. Levine has led a series of high-profile energy analysis activities: panelist and lead author of the chapter on energy efficiency in buildings for the American Physical Society (APS) energy efficiency report; co-led the chapter on reducing greenhouse gas emissions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, co-leader of major scenario studies of the United States, China, and the global energy system for such organizations as the World Energy Council, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Energy Foundation China Sustainable Energy Program, and others. He is on the editorial board of four international journals: Energy Policy (United States) Building Research & Information (United Kingdom), and journals in Japan and Switzerland.