Schatz Energy Research Center


The West Wing, shown from the north.

For three decades, the Schatz Energy Research Center has pioneered clean and renewable technologies worldwide. The Center is affiliated with the Environmental Resources Engineering department and collaborates with faculty from multiple departments at Cal Poly Humboldt, and provides hands-on research opportunities for students from many disciplines. The Center does business through the university’s Sponsored Programs Foundation, a not-for-profit, public benefit 501(c)(3) corporation. Contributions to the Schatz Center are fully tax deductible.

Installing a module in the Schatz Solar array

The Center has been fortunate to have generous donors throughout its history.  Our original donor, Dr. Louis Schatz, contributed over $12M to our efforts. Our state of the art facilities on the Humboldt campus were funded through Dr. Schatz’s generosity. More recently, a new generation of generous donors has continued to support our efforts.  Anne and David Katz, Jamie Everett, and Carolyn and Peter Lehman contributed substantially to our new West Wing addition (right). The Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe, Andrea and Don Tuttle, and Christina and Jack West’s foundation, Pazala, support graduate student fellowships.  These fellowships allow students from around the globe to pursue advanced degrees while working on cutting edge energy projects, with guidance and mentorship from Schatz Center professional staff and faculty.  

Becoming a donor is easy. If you would like to support our efforts to address climate change — the most important environmental challenge of this century — you can donate to our general fund or support fellowships through the links below. If you would like to discuss an endowment or targeted gift, please contact us at or (707) 826-4345.

Thank you!  We appreciate your support and pledge to keep working diligently to solve our energy problems.

I look forward to a successful research effort and hope that eventually it can solve many of the world’s energy and pollution problems.

Dr. Louis Schatz, in a letter accompanying his first contribution

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