Retiring NREL director Dan Arvizu honored for 10 years of energy sustainability leadership

Tuesday September 1, 2015 0 comments Tags: Denver, Golden, NREL, Dan Arvizu, Tim Wirth, Wirth Chair, CU-Denver School of


DENVER -- Dan Arvizu, the longest-serving director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory  (NREL) in Golden, was honored at the 16th annual Wirth Chair Sustainability Awards Luncheon in Denver on Aug. 31.Dan_ArvizuUSE

Arvizu is retiring after 10 years at NREL’s helm.

The Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development is part of the University of Colorado-Denver’s School of Public Affairs and annually honors one who has made an impact on environmental, economic and social sustainability issues.

The Wirth Chair is named for Tim Wirth, a former Colorado Congressman and U.S. Senator.

During Arvizu’s tenure, NREL’s research portfolio nearly doubled. High-performance computing, electricity grid integration and fundamental research in materials and biological science have emerged to complement programs in renewable generation, renewable fuels and building energy efficiency.

“During the 10 years I’ve spent at NREL, we have – along with countless others – cleared a path for a transformation in the way all of us make and use energy,” Arvizu said.

“We’ve done so in a way that will guarantee coming generations a chance at a future in which energy is affordable, available to all and environmentally friendly.”

Arvizu was appointed by two successive presidents to serve six-year terms on the National Science Board, which advises the president and Congress on science policy.