Berkeley Lab Scientist Receives Sustainability Pioneer Award

Portrait of Ashok Gadgil
January 2010

A scientist at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) known for his work developing energy-efficient water purification systems for the developing world has received the Sustainability Pioneer Award at a ceremony near Zurich, Switzerland today.

Ashok Gadgil is the Acting Division Director of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Berkeley Lab, and Andrew and Virginia Rudd Family Foundation Distinguished Professor of Safe Water and Sanitation in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley. In addition to developing UV Waterworks for inexpensive, efficient water purification, he led the team that developed the Darfur cookstove, an efficient stove for the displaced population of Darfur, as well as inexpensive technologies for removing arsenic from water supplies.

Sponsored by the Sustainable Asset Management Group/Sustainability Performance Group, the Pioneer Award "acknowledges an outstanding individual working within or in close cooperation with the private sector, whose innovativeness represents a milestone in the promotion and implementation of sustainability principles in the business world," according to their citation.

Award winners are chosen by an independent committee of business leaders involved in sustainable technology. Previous winners include the former President of Costa Rica, Jose Maria Figueres Olsen, Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia, Inc., and L. Hunter Lovins of Natural Capitalism, Inc.

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Allan Chen