Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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The UC Davis Energy and Efficiency Institute (EEI) is committed to addressing systemic racism and injustice in both our internal operations and external interactions while we work toward achieving our mission to accelerate the development of energy solutions. While decarbonizing the energy sector in response to climate change, it is essential to address equity and injustice issues as we transition the existing energy system and economy to a more sustainable one.

In fall 2020, EEI established a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee consisting of faculty, staff, and student representatives to ensure we improve our operations and the impact of our research, education, and engagement programs. Fully embracing DEI will lead to better outcomes for the Institute, our community, and the clean energy transition.

The DEI Committee is working to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to all our programs, day-to day-operations, and workplace culture, including speaker recruitment; student, staff, and faculty recruitment, retention, and advancement; foundation and donor support; research programs; and communications and events.

Current DEI Committee Membership

Faculty members

Staff members

  • Halona Leung, Outreach and Operations Manager, Center for Water-Energy Efficiency
  • Caton Mande, Research & Development Engineer, Western Cooling Efficiency Center

Student members

Ombudsperson

  • Keith Taylor, Assistant Economic Development Specialist, Community & Regional Development
    (Ombudsperson – addresses grievances that pose a conflict for Committee members)

Contact Us

The committee is here to serve. We encourage you to reach out to any of the members above with ideas, questions, comments, or concerns.

Staff

  • Acting Executive Director, Energy and Efficiency Institute
  • Adjunct Professor, Environmental Science and Policy
  • Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Energy Graduate Group - Grad Advisor for Admissions
Research Interests: Energy efficiency; energy demand; economics; behavior and energy use
510-486-4740

Faculty

The EEI has nearly 50 affiliated faculty from departments across UC Davis. These faculty are affiliated with the Energy Graduate Group (EGG).

  • Assistant Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Research Interests: Thermal Environment Modelling, HVAC Systems, Renewable Energy, Precision Livestock Farming
Gwen Arnold
  • Associate Professor, Environmental Science and Policy
  • Co-Director, Center for Environmental Behavior
Research Interests: Hydraulic fracturing; regulation and policymaking
Shota Atsumi
  • Associate Professor, Chemistry
Research Interests: Biofuels
Louise Berben
  • Professor, Chemistry
Research Interests: Solar fuels; CO2 conversion; hydrogen production
Catherine Brinkley
  • Assistant Professor, Human Ecology
Research Interests: City and regional planning; place-based policies and interventions; food-energy-water nexus; integrating agricultural ecosystems with urban areas; district heating
Austin Brown
  • Executive Director, Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy
Research Interests: Clean energy technology & policy; energy efficiency; vehicle automation & future transportation systems
David Bunch
  • Professor, Graduate School of Management
Research Interests: Consumer choice behavior and modeling; decision and management sciences
James Bushnell
  • Professor, Economics
Research Interests: Energy markets; utility regulation; climate change; environmental regulation
Colin Carter
  • Distinguished Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Associate Director, UC Agricultural Issues Center
Research Interests: Commodity markets; international trade; China’s rural economy
Andre Daccache
  • Assistant Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Research Interests: Agriculture water management; irrigation & hydraulic engineering; crop & climate change modeling
J.P. Delplanque
  • Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Director, California Small Hydro Collaborative
Research Interests: Combustion; hydropower; modeling and simulation
Irwin R Donis-Gonzalez
  • Assistant Postharvest Engineering Specialist, Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Research Interests: Postharvest engineering, handling, traceability & processing of agricultural commodities; reducing energy consumption
Matt Ellis
  • Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
Research Interests: Control optimization of energy systems
Paul Erickson
  • Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Heat & mass transfer enhancement of reacting flows; fuel cell, hybrid drive & electric vehicles; energy systems
Zhiliang (Julia) Fan
  • Associate Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Energy Graduate Group Advisor for Science and Technology track
Research Interests: Biofuels; metabolic engineering; fermentation; process modeling
530-754-0317
Beth Ferguson
  • Assistant Professor, Design
Research Interests: Renewable energy; transportation fuels; energy efficiency
Annaleise Franz
  • Associate Professor, Chemistry
Research Interests: Biofuels, catalysis; chemical transformations to produce biofuels
Scott Hardman
  • Professional Researcher, Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center
Research Interests: Low carbon & innovative vehicle technologies
Andrew Hargadon
  • Professor of Technology Management, Graduate School of Management
  • Charles J. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship, Graduate School of Management
Research Interests: Energy efficiency design and management
530-752-2277
John Harvey
  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Chair, Transportation Technology and Policy Graduate Group
  • Director, University of California Pavement Research Center
Research Interests: Life cycle assessment; pavement engineering; alternative material development
Rebecca Hernandez
  • Assistant Professor, Land, Air, Water Resources
  • Assistant Earth System Scientist, Agricultural Experiment Station
Research Interests: Energy geography & energy knowledge systems; environmental impacts, trade-offs & synergies of energy development; land-use, land sparing & energy infrastructure planning; food-energy-water nexus; sustainable solar energy development & wildlife interactions
Bryan Jenkins
  • Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Chair/Director, California Renewable Energy Center
Research Interests: Energy systems; optimization; thermochemical conversion
Alan Jenn
  • Assistant Professional Researcher, Institute of Transportation Studies
Research Interests: Alternative fuel vehicle adoption; transition to sustainable energy systems; quantitative policy analysis; big data statistical analysis
Tina Jeoh
  • Associate Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Research Interests: Cellulosic biofuels; bioconversion
Katrina Jessoe
  • Associate Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics
Research Interests: Environmental and energy economics; consumer and firm behavior
Alissa Kendall
  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Chair, Energy Graduate Group
Research Interests: Life cycle assessment; renewable energy; transportation energy
530-752-5722
Isaya Kisseka
  • Assistant Professor, Land, Air and Water Resources and Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Research Interests: Agricultural hydrology & water management; irrigation engineering; crop modeling & decision support
Kelly Kissock
  • Faculty Director, Energy and Efficiency Institute
  • Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Chevron Endowed Chair in Energy Efficiency
Research Interests: Energy efficiency; renewable energy
530-752-4909
Kurt Kornbluth
  • Assistant Adjunct Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Director, Program for International Energy Technologies & D-Lab
  • Associate Director, UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies
Research Interests: Climate neutrality, energy efficiency; consumer behavior; renewable energy technologies
Marina Leite
  • Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Research Interests: Energy harvesting & storage systems; functional properties of materials; materials processing
Frank Loge
  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Director, Center for Water-Energy Efficiency
  • Krone Endowed Professor in Environmental Engineering
  • Energy Graduate Group Advisor for Policy and Management track
Research Interests: Information technology; water/energy nexus; water/health; conservation; sustainable systems & technologies
530-754-2297
Mark Mascal
  • Professor, Chemistry
Research Interests: Integrated biorefinery; renewable fuels and materials; biomass valorization; biomass-derived platform chemicals
  • Acting Executive Director, Energy and Efficiency Institute
  • Adjunct Professor, Environmental Science and Policy
  • Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Energy Graduate Group - Grad Advisor for Admissions
Research Interests: Energy efficiency; energy demand; economics; behavior and energy use
510-486-4740
Sabbie Miller
  • Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: Life cycle assessment; alternative materials development; sustainability and structural design
Mark Modera
  • Associate Director, Western Cooling Efficiency Center
  • Professor Emeritus, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Professor Emeritus, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: End-use energy efficiency; energy distribution systems; building energy management; ventilation and indoor air quality
530-754-7671
Frances Moore
  • Assistant Professor, Environmental Science and Policy
Research Interests: Economic and social impacts of climate change; energy-water-food nexus
  • Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering and Material Sciences
  • Energy Graduate Group Advisor-Science & Technology Track
Research Interests: Solar materials
530-754-8669
Erich Muehlegger
  • Associate Professor, Economics
Research Interests: Regulation and taxation of energy markets; industrial organization; public finance; environmental policy
Jeremy Munday
  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research Interests: Photovoltaics; hydrogen technologies
Vinod Narayanan
  • Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Associate Director, Western Cooling Efficiency Center
Research Interests: Energy efficiency; heat and mass transfer enhancement in devices and systems; phase change heat transfer; microtechnology
Kevin Novan
  • Associate Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • EGG Graduate Advisor-Energy & Policy Management Track
Research Interests: Environmental economics; applied econometrics
530-752-7426
Joan Ogden
  • Professor Emeritus, Environmental Science and Policy
  • Not serving as primary faculty advisor for new students
Research Interests: Alternative fuels; energy transitions; hydrogen and fuel cells; energy infrastructure
Frank Osterloh
  • Professor, Chemistry
Research Interests: Solar energy; photovoltaics; photocatalytic water splitting; hydrogen; nanomaterials
Jae Wan Park
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Director, UC Davis Green Transportation Laboratory
Research Interests: Efficiency energy systems; fuel cells; batteries; electric grid
Alireza Pourreza
  • Assistant Agricultural Mechanization Specialist, Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Research Interests: Agricultural mechanization, robotics & automation; precision agriculture & horticulture; machine vision & remote sensing
David Rapson
  • Associate Professor, Economics
Research Interests: Energy economics; energy markets; energy policy
Pamela Ronald
  • Distinguished Professor, Plant Pathology
  • Professor, Genome Center
  • Director, Grass Genetics, The Joint Bioenergy Institute
  • Faculty Director, Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy
Research Interests: Biofuels; grass genetics; cell wall biosynthesis
Tyler Scott
  • Assistant Professor, Environmental Science & Policy
Research Interests: Environmental governance systems; environmental policy; land planning
Michael Siminovitch
  • Professor, Design
  • Director, California Lighting Technology Center
  • Rosenfeld Chair in Energy Efficiency
Research Interests: Energy-efficient lighting technology and design
Chris Simmons
  • Assistant Professor, Food Science and Technology
Research Interests: Biofuels; waste-to-energy; water/energy nexus
Aaron Smith
  • Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics
Research Interests: Biofuels; residential energy efficiency; energy price dynamics
Edward (Ned) Spang
  • Assistant Professor, Food Science and Technology
  • Affiliated Faculty Member, Center for Water-Energy Efficiency
Research Interests: Water, energy, and food resource systems
Dan Sperling
  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering & Environmental Science and Policy
  • Founding Director, Institute of Transportation Studies
  • Founding Chair, Policy Institute for Energy, Economics and the Economy
Research Interests: Transportation and energy systems; transportation and energy policy
530-752-7434
Gil Tal
  • Research Director, The Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle (PH&EV) Research Center
  • Transportation Research Director, The China Center for Energy and Transportation
  • Admission Graduate Advisor, Transportation Technology and Policy Graduate Group
Research Interests: Alternative fuel vehicles; travel behavior; travel demand modeling; transportation planning
530-754-9230
Keith Taylor
  • Assistant Economic Development Specialist, Human Ecology
Research Interests: Energy cooperatives; environmental policy; wind energy
Jesus Velasquez
  • Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Research Interests: Rational design of well-defined dimensionally reduced materials; nanoelectronics, energy conversion devices, and environmental remediation
Stephen M. Wheeler
  • Professor, Human Ecology
Research Interests: Urban and regional planning; sustainability; climate action planning
Dong Yu
  • Associate Professor, Physics
Research Interests: Solar energy; nanostructure solar cells

Leadership

Kelly Kissock
  • Faculty Director, Energy and Efficiency Institute
  • Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Chevron Endowed Chair in Energy Efficiency
Research Interests: Energy efficiency; renewable energy
530-752-4909
Alissa Kendall
  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Chair, Energy Graduate Group
Research Interests: Life cycle assessment; renewable energy; transportation energy
530-752-5722
Kurt Kornbluth
  • Assistant Adjunct Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Director, Program for International Energy Technologies & D-Lab
  • Associate Director, UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies
Research Interests: Climate neutrality, energy efficiency; consumer behavior; renewable energy technologies
Frank Loge
  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Director, Center for Water-Energy Efficiency
  • Krone Endowed Professor in Environmental Engineering
  • Energy Graduate Group Advisor for Policy and Management track
Research Interests: Information technology; water/energy nexus; water/health; conservation; sustainable systems & technologies
530-754-2297
  • Acting Executive Director, Energy and Efficiency Institute
  • Adjunct Professor, Environmental Science and Policy
  • Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Energy Graduate Group - Grad Advisor for Admissions
Research Interests: Energy efficiency; energy demand; economics; behavior and energy use
510-486-4740
  • Director, Western Cooling Efficiency Center
  • Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Supercritical CO2; Novel heat-exchanger designs; Waste heat management
Michael Siminovitch
  • Professor, Design
  • Director, California Lighting Technology Center
  • Rosenfeld Chair in Energy Efficiency
Research Interests: Energy-efficient lighting technology and design
Dan Sperling
  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering & Environmental Science and Policy
  • Founding Director, Institute of Transportation Studies
  • Founding Chair, Policy Institute for Energy, Economics and the Economy
Research Interests: Transportation and energy systems; transportation and energy policy
530-752-7434
Gil Tal
  • Research Director, The Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle (PH&EV) Research Center
  • Transportation Research Director, The China Center for Energy and Transportation
  • Admission Graduate Advisor, Transportation Technology and Policy Graduate Group
Research Interests: Alternative fuel vehicles; travel behavior; travel demand modeling; transportation planning
530-754-9230

Prior Faculty Directors

Mark Modera
Faculty Director: 2017-2020

Energy Graduate Group Students

  • Master's Student
Research Interests: Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy; Energy Storage; Sustainable Development
  • Master's Student
Research Interests: EV-grid integration, distribution system planning, EV charging infrastructure, Energy equity
  • Ph.D student
Research Interests: Renewable Energy Policy; Environmental Economics; Energy Accessibility; Energy Storage
  • Master's Student
Research Interests: Advanced Power Systems; Renewable Energy Technologies for developing countries/rural communities; Building Energy Efficiency
Jean Ji
  • Master's student
Research Interests: Economics of Electric Vehicle Charging; Electric Vehicles-Electric Grid Interactions
Yanning Li
  • Ph.D. student
Research Interests: Grid Integration of Electric Vehicles; Economics & Policy of Electric Vehicle Charging
  • Master's Student
Research Interests: Sustainable Electricity Generation, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy Technologies Deployment, Life-Cycle Assessment
  • Ph.D Student
Research Interests: Life Cycle Assessment (LCA); Sustainable Alternative material development; Energy Systems Modeling and Optimization
  • Master's Student
Research Interests: Renewable Energy Markets, Negative Emissions Technologies, Carbon Pricing, Life-Cycle Assessment
  • Master's Student
Research Interests: Renewable Energy Policy; Energy Economics; Nexus of Distributed Energy Resources & Variable Energy Resources; Microgrids
Dan Tran
  • Master’s student
Research Interests: Alternative Building Materials & Methodologies; Microalgae Cultivation; Additive Manufacturing; CNC Technologies; Biodesign; Public Art; Decarbonization of Concrete

                      Former Board of Advisor Members

                      Name

                      Company/Organization

                      William Allen Wells Fargo Commercial Banking
                      Jill Anderson Southern California Edison
                      Joseph Avila Southern California Gas Company
                      Rob Bernard Microsoft Corporation
                      Robert Bienenfeld American Honda Motor Company
                      Elisabeth Brinton New Energy for AGL Energy Limited
                      Helen Burt Pacific Gas and Electric Company
                      Scott Crider San Diego Gas & Electric
                      Peter Darbee Pacific Gas and Electric Company (retired)
                      John DiStasio Large Public Power Council
                      Cree Edwards eMeter
                      Anthony Eggert ClimateWorks Foundation
                      John Fielder American States Water Company
                      Erwin Furukawa Ernst & Young
                      Volker Heimeshoff Walmart
                      Mike Gardner Walmart
                      Laurie Giammona Pacific Gas and Electric Company
                      Edwin Guiles Sempra Energy (retired)
                      Nicole Howard Sacramento Municipal Utility District
                      Laura Ipsen Oracle
                      Jeffrey Jacobs Ensyn Corporation
                      Larry Kellerman Twenty First Century Utilities
                      Tom King Energy Savvy
                      Bret Lane Southern California Gas Company
                      Paul Lau Sacramento Municipal Utility District
                      Mark Levine Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
                      Dan’l Lewin Microsoft
                      Wes Lohec Chevron (retired)
                      Amory Lovins Rocky Mountain Institute
                      Brian Matthay Cypress Creek Renewables
                      Frankie McDermott Sacramento Municipal Utility District
                      William Morrow nbn Australia
                      Barry Neal Wells Fargo
                      Ron Nichols Sounthern California Edison
                      Michael Niggli San Diego Gas and Electric Company
                      Kevin Payne Southern California Edison
                      Mark Philpott Chevron (retired)
                      Dan Reicher Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance, Stanford University
                      Arthur Rosenfeld Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
                      Kim Saylors-Laster Black Bear Energy Inc.
                      Anne Shen Smith Southern California Gas Company
                      Sharon Tomkins Southern California Gas Company
                      Marc Ulrich Southern California Edison
                      Mark Vanderhelm Walmart
                      Patti Wagner SoCalGas
                      Robert Weisenmiller California Energy Commission
                      Caroline Winn San Diego Gas & Electric
                      Akimasa Yasuoka American Honda Motor Company
                      Lynda Ziegler Southern California Edison (retired)
                      Charles Zimmerman Walmart

                      UC Davis Fast Facts

                      UC Davis is the 5th best public university in the United States.

                      –Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

                      UC Davis is the greenest university in the country, and the 5th greenest university in the world.

                      –GreenMetric World University Ranking 2020

                      UC Davis is ranked 10th among public universities nationwide.

                      –U.S. News & World Report

                      UC Davis is ranked 17th among national universities for veterans.

                      –U.S. News & World Report

                      UC Davis is ranked 20th in ‘Coolest Schools.’

                      –Sierra Magazine

                      UC Davis is 1st among best value colleges for women in STEM.

                      —Forbes

                      UC Davis is 1st in the world in agricultural economics and policy.

                      —Center for World University Rankings

                      UC Davis is 1st in the nation and 2nd in the world in agriculture.

                      —QS World University Rankings; U.S. News and World Report

                      UC Davis is 11th in the world in ecology and the environment.

                      —U.S. News and World Report

                      UC Davis is ranked 2nd nationally in ecology and evolutionary biology.

                      —U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 “America’s Best Graduate Schools

                      UC Davis is ranked 15th in the world in environmental sciences.

                      —QS World University Rankings 2021

                      UC Davis is ranked 6th globally in environmental engineering.

                      —Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021 – Environmental Science & Engineering

                      UC Davis is ranked 3rd nationally in biological and agricultural engineering.

                      —U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 “America’s Best Graduate Schools”

                      UC Davis is 11th in the country in civil engineering.

                      —U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 “America’s Best Graduate Schools”

                      Testimonials

                      The EEC has vindicated the ambitious vision of its founders. It has brought together leaders in academia, industry and the investment community to advance innovation in energy efficiency and the growing need for a trained labor force. It has also helped reinforce California’s standing as a national and international leader in energy efficiency technologies and best practices that benefit both the environment and the economy.

                      —Ralph Cavanagh, Co-Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Chair of the Institute’s Board of Advisors

                      UC Davis is the Disneyland of energy efficiency for researchers from around the world.

                      —Odon de Buen, Director General, Comisión Nacional para el Uso Eficiente de la Energía, México

                      The EEI’s work is a great example of what the University of California can do to apply the best research and teaching to solve real world problems.

                      –Michael Peevey, Board of Advisors

                      The EEI is really respected and it has allowed me to get my foot in the door at many places.

                      —Tre Borden, UC Davis MBA 2011 and Former EEC Emerging Venture Analyst

                      Goals

                      Empower researchers to accelerate innovation.

                      Provide critical services that support collaboration, integration, and demonstration.

                      • Provide opportunities (resources, space, technical services, etc.) to incubate new ideas, to conduct applied research, and to generate effective outreach collateral (publications, briefings, webinars, conference presentations, etc.)
                      • Coordinate and support integrated research opportunities.
                      • Facilitate and advance demonstrative research, including assisting with the deployment of a carbon neutral campus by 2025.

                      Generate impact through partnerships.

                      Solve evolving, critical energy-related problems with speed and scale through collaboration with private- and public-sector stakeholders.

                      • Identify challenges we would be uniquely qualified to address.
                      • Assemble appropriate teams of internal and external partners to solve identified problems.
                      • Facilitate development of skills and partnerships that enable us to be agile and adapt to an evolving energy landscape.
                      • Develop programs in strategically important international markets, including China, Mexico, Europe, India and Africa.

                      Spark action through education.

                      Invest in human capital by creating dynamic learning opportunities on campus and beyond.

                      • Support the newly developed Energy Graduate Group.
                      • Support undergraduate and continuing education/professional development opportunities.
                      • Provide scholarships to attract and retain the best students.
                      • Foster relationships with other universities around the globe and host world-renowned scholars and visitors through a fellowship program.
                      • Provide experiential, project-based modes of instruction and exploration, including participating in the achievement of a carbon neutral campus by 2025.

                      Extend the Institute’s reach globally.

                      Inspire engagement through effective communication with diverse audiences.

                      • Develop a comprehensive and flexible set of marketing and communication tools that convey our value and impact.
                      • Carry out a robust, coordinated marketing strategy to advance the collective mission of the Institute and its partners.
                      • Empower decision-makers in the private- and public-sector to make evidence-based market and policy decisions to serve California, the nation, and the world.

                      Sponsors & Partners

                      These organizations have made significant contributions to support the EEI’s mission.

                      Founding Sponsor

                      New Energy Nexus

                      New Energy Nexus (formerly the California Clean Energy Fund) is an international organization that supports clean energy entrepreneurs with funds, accelerators and networks. They started in California and also operate programs in China, India, Southeast Asia, and East Africa.

                      Leadership Sponsors

                      American Honda Motor Company

                      Honda has set Environment, Safety, Quality and Society as four key themes in order to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society. As a mobility-related manufacturer expanding business globally, Honda believes that we have a social responsibility to enhance quality and safety while minimizing impacts on the environment, and also to put into practice corporate activities that earn the trust of our various stakeholders in international society.

                      Chevron

                      Chevron Corporation is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. Through its subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide, the company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemicals and additives; generates power; and develops and deploys technologies that enhance business value in every aspect of the company’s operations.

                      Daikin

                      Daikin is a global leader, innovator and provider of advanced air conditioning solutions for residential, commercial and industrial applications. Over the past 80 years, we have constantly strived to expand the boundaries of our knowledge through extensive research and by creating environment-friendly products. Today, Daikin is revolutionizing the way people and businesses think about air conditioning around the world, and now in North America as Daikin AC.

                      Daikin is the only company in the world dedicated to manufacturing both air conditioning systems and refrigerants. By creating some of the most technologically and aesthetically sophisticated systems ever introduced, Daikin is redefining the experience of comfort. This passion for precision means that every Daikin system — from SkyAir to VRV® — delivers maximum performance and the ultimate in Absolute Comfort™.

                      Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

                      The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the largest municipal water and power utility in the nation, was established more than 100 years ago to deliver reliable, safe water and electricity to 3.8 million residents and businesses in Los Angeles. LADWP provides its 674,000 water customers and 1.4 million electric customers with quality service while keeping rates lower than other utilities. LADWP is committed to promoting sustainable water and power resources.

                      Pacific Gas and Electric Company

                      Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation, is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California.

                      Panasonic

                      Since 1918, Panasonic has grown to become one of the largest technology producers in the world. From producing the latest in batteries used in today’s most renowned electric vehicles, to leading a variety of consumer electronics sectors and innovations in the built environment. At Panasonic, we know technology isn’t just about advancing society. It’s about preserving the world we all live in. By bringing disruptive innovations together, we’re creating the technologies that move us toward a more sustainable future.

                      Sacramento Municipal Utility District

                      As the nation’s sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has been providing low-cost, reliable electricity for about 70 years to Sacramento County (and small adjoining portions of Placer and Yolo Counties). SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies, and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment.

                      San Diego Gas & Electric

                      San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is a regulated public utility that provides energy service to 3.6 million people through 1.4 million electric meters and 873,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego.

                      Southern California Edison

                      An Edison International company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 15 million via 5 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.

                      Southern California Gas Co.

                      Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has been delivering clean, safe and reliable natural gas to its customers for more than 145 years. It is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, providing service to 21.6 million consumers connected through 5.9 million meters in more than 500 communities. The company’s service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles throughout central and Southern California. SoCalGas is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy, a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego.

                      Wells Fargo

                      Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 27 on Fortune’s 2016 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.

                      Partners

                      Alliance to Save Energy

                      Founded in 1977, the Alliance to Save Energy is the leading energy efficiency coalition in the United States – a nonprofit, bipartisan alliance of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders advocating for enhanced energy efficiency across all sectors of the economy. Our mission is to promote energy efficiency to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment and enhanced energy security.

                      California Air Resources Board

                      The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is charged with protecting the public from the harmful effects of air pollution and developing programs and actions to fight climate change. From requirements for clean cars and fuels to adopting innovative solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, California has pioneered a range of effective approaches that have set the standard for effective air and climate programs for the nation, and the world.

                      California Community Colleges

                      The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation composed of 72 districts and 113 colleges serving 2.1 million students a year. Community colleges supply workforce training, basic skills education in English and math, and prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions.

                      California Conservation Corps

                      Established in 1976, the California Conservation Corps (CCC) is the oldest and the largest conservation corps in nation. Each year the CCC provides more then three million hours of public service conservation work and disaster assistance in all regions of California – urban, suburban and rural – for projects that include emergency response, energy conservation and retrofitting, irrigation system installment, landscape management, boardwalk construction, trail building, tree planting, wildlife habitat restoration and much more.

                      Secretaría de Energía de Mexico

                      Secretaría de Energía (SENER) is the Mexican ministry of energy which is responsible for conducting the national energy policies, so as to grant the safe supply of energy services under the required quality, economic, environmental and legal standards. SENER also promotes research on new technologies and the efficient use of alternative energy sources; and carries out efforts on the development of the electrical system, the sustainable use of energy, hydrocarbons exploration and exploitation bidding, and cooperation with North American countries.

                      State of California Energy Commission

                      The California Energy Commission is the state’s primary energy policy and planning agency. The agency was established by the California Legislature through the Warren-Alquist Act in 1974. It has seven core responsibilities: advancing state energy policy, encouraging energy efficiency, certifying thermal power plants, investing in energy innovation, developing renewable energy, transforming transportation and preparing for energy emergencies.

                      State of California Public Utilities Commission

                      The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regulates privately owned electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger transportation companies. The CPUC serves the public interest by protecting consumers and ensuring the provision of safe, reliable utility service and infrastructure at just and reasonable rates, with a commitment to environmental enhancement and a healthy California economy. We regulate utility services, stimulate innovation, and promote competitive markets, where possible.

                      U.S. Department of Energy

                      The U.S. Department of Energy ensures America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.

                      U.S. Department of the Navy Office of Naval Research

                      The Department of the Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR) provides the science and technology necessary to maintain the Navy and Marine Corps’ technological advantage. Through its affiliates, ONR is a leader in science and technology with engagement in 50 states, 55 countries, 634 institutions of higher learning and nonprofit institutions, and more than 960 industry partners. ONR employs more than 3,800 people, comprising uniformed, civilian and contract personnel.