The has announced a $10 million gift from Scott and Wendy Kleinman to establish a center for energy policy at , the university's school of design.
The gift will establish the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, which will work to advance energy productivity by reframing the relationship between research and practice in support of policy innovation. To that end, the center, which led by Mark Alan Hughes, professor of practice at PennDesign and a former chief policy advisor to Philadelphia mayor Michael A. Nutter, will focus on overcoming barriers to energy productivity and creating energy policy options that provide fairness for stakeholders, reliability for investors, and opportunity for innovators.
Scott Kleinman is lead partner for private equity at in New York City. He received degrees from both the university and the , graduating magna cum laude in 1994.
"As a nation, we do not have a clearly articulated energy policy that promotes economic growth, energy optimization, and technological development, all in the context of a sensible environmental backdrop," said Kleinman. "Energy policy is a critical topic at both the local and national level and will only continue to grow in importance over time."