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Tang Prize Foundation hosts sustainability talks

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Tang Prize Foundation said Saturday that it will organize a series of talks in September to highlight the topic of sustainable development, and the life and work of Arthur H. Rosenfeld, who won the Tang Prize in sustainable development this year.

Ashok Gadgil, a scientist and professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, will give two lectures on the topic Sept. 24 and 28, respectively, the foundation said.

The first lecture will be at Howard Civil Service International House in Taipei and the second at National Chung Hsing University in Taichung, the foundation said.

Gadgil, who studied at the graduate level under Rosenfeld, will accept the Tang Prize on Rosenfeld's behalf at the award ceremony on Sept. 25, as the 90-year-old laureate will not be able to travel to Taiwan due to his age and health, according to the foundation.

A renowned American physicist, energy expert and former commissioner of the California Energy Commission, Rosenfeld's promotion of energy efficiency technologies, standards and initiatives since the 1970s has made California a leader in energy conservation.

The Tang Prize was awarded to Rosenfeld "for his lifelong and pioneering innovations in energy efficiency, resulting in immense reductions in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions around the world," according to the award citation.

The foundation said it hopes Rosenfeld's work in California will provide Taiwan's energy industries with some insights.

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