Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Sustainability and the Anaheim Center for New Energy Technologies (AC-NET) announce the launch of a joint research effort focused on energy sustainability and efficiency.
Two university professors will lead the effort — Jeff Kuo, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Myungjung (MJ) Kwon, assistant professor of political science. Both have been awarded AC-NET fellowships by the Center for Sustainability to support their research.
Center Director John Bock, who is also professor of anthropology and coordinator of the university’s environmental studies program, announced the fellowships May 26.
Kuo will research the development of local guidelines regarding energy efficiency as part of building design, construction and maintenance. Kwon will conduct pilot research on socioeconomic and political factors affecting the development of sustainable energy policies by California municipalities.
Both Kwon and Kuo will work closely with electric and water utility industry experts from Anaheim Public Utilities, Anaheim’s city-owned, not-for-profit utility that serves Anaheim’s 345,000 residents and 15,000+ businesses. It is Orange County’s only municipal electric and water utility.
A partnership between the city of Anaheim and Cal State Fullerton, AC-NET aims to be the premier center in Southern California for research, testing and education in clean energy and water technologies.
The research effort represents the latest in a series of partnership accomplishments between Cal State Fullerton and AC-NET. Earlier this year, AC-NET announced that it would sponsor a graduate course titled “Environmental Studies: Energy in Modern Society,” which will be offered during Cal State Fullerton’s summer session.
Additionally, Bock, continues to play an active role in AC-NET’s 2010 Clean Tech Business Plan Competition, which will award a total of $40,000 in prize money June 23 during the Tech Connect World Conference and Expo to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center.
A comprehensive, regional university with a global outlook, Cal State Fullerton enrolls more than 32,000 students and offers 105 degree programs in eight colleges. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Cal State Fullerton is fifth in the nation for the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to minority students and first in California for the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics. For more information, please visit www.fullerton.edu.
Established in 2009, the Center for Sustainability is the university’s prime mover for green initiatives around a sustainable approach to economic development, social development and environmental protection. Under its director, John Bock, the center promotes inclusion of sustainability-centered topics in the curriculum, assists with external grant-seeking by faculty and other members of the university community, conducts public education programs and facilitates faculty collaboration across academic disciplines. For more information, please visit the Center for Sustainability.
The Anaheim Center for New Energy Technologies (AC-NET) was introduced by Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle and established in early 2008 through a partnership between the city of Anaheim and Cal State Fullerton. The center is focused on revitalizing the local and regional economy through supporting the efforts of entrepreneurs, startups and ventures in bringing clean energy and water technologies to market. For more information, please visit the AC-NET website.