Gov. Gavin Newsom
Gov. Gavin Newsom. Courtesy of the governor's office.

Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to appear Wednesday at the groundbreaking of Caltech’s Resnick Sustainability Institute, which will bring together scientists and engineers to pursue research in solar science, climate science, energy, biofuels and other environmental studies.

The center — expected to open in the fall of 2024 — was made possible by a $750 million pledge from billionaire philanthropists Lynda and Stewart Resnick to Caltech in 2019, according to the Pasadena institute.

Experts from across Caltech and JPL, which Caltech manages for NASA, will seek solutions to the most pressing environmental challenges in a world confronting rapid climate change, Caltech said.

According to Caltech, the future Resnick Sustainability Center will provide equipment, space, and resources divided among several research centers which support the core initiatives of RSI; house a translational science and engineering facility that will provide enough space to scale up and test early-stage technologies for potential translational impact and a solar roof, where photovoltaic devices can be tested under real-world conditions; and act as home to all of Caltech’s undergraduate chemistry labs.

Along with Newsom, those expected to attend the groundbreaking include Stewart Resnick, Caltech President Thomas F. Rosenbaum, Caltech Provost David A. Tirrell, and Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo.

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