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Golden, Colo., Jan. 5, 1999 The Visitors Center at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory will be renamed to honor retired U.S. Rep. Dan Schaefer on Monday, Jan. 11.
In ceremonies beginning at 11 a.m., the center formally will become the Dan Schaefer Federal Building. Congress authorized the dedication in last year's appropriations bill. Schaefer, who represented Colorado's Sixth Congressional District for 16 years, did not run for office in 1998.
Schaefer's support of NREL and renewable energy and energy efficiency over the years will be recognized at the unveiling of a new sign for the building followed by a reception for community leaders. Schaefer's many accomplishments in backing a sustainable energy future include founding the House Renewable Energy Caucus, which now boasts 123 members from both major political parties, representing 40 states.
The NREL Visitors Center houses a variety of renewable energy and energy efficiency exhibits. Its passive solar design and other energy efficient features make it an example of intelligent, energy-saving architecture. The Visitors Center was built by lab-manager Midwest Research Institute and donated to DOE in 1994.
For more on the Visitors Center, go to the NREL Visitors Center