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Who is Hunter Lovins?


L. Hunter Lovins, Ph.D., is co-CEO (Strategy) of Rocky Mountain Institute, a Colorado-based nonprofit resource policy think tank. She holds a BA from Pitzer College, a JD from Loyola University School of Law with the Alumni Award for Outstanding Service to the School, and an honorary PHD from the University of Maine.

Trained as a lawyer, she helped establish and for six years was Assistant Director of the California Conservation Project ("Tree People"), an innovative urban forestry and environmental education group. She was the 1982 Henry R. Luce Visiting Professor at Dartmouth College, and has taught at several other universities. In 1982, with Amory Lovins, she co-founded RMI, now a 45-person organization that conducts research and provides consulting services in a variety of fields. They also co-founded ESOURCE, a for-profit spinoff that RMI sold to the Financial Times Group in 1999.

She has consulted governments and the private sector, briefing senior management groups such as Interface, Mitsubishi, Band of America, Allstate, Calvert Social Investment Fund, Royal Dutch/Shell Group, and numerous utility companies. Ms. Lovin's public-sector clients have included the U.S. Defensive Civil Preparedness Agency, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Bonneville Power Administration, the Solar Energy Research Institute, and the German Federal Environment Agency.

With Amory Lovins she has shared a 1999 Lindbergh Award, a 1993 Nissan Prize, a 1983 Right Livelihood Award (often called the "alternative Nobel Prize"), and a 1982 Mitchell Prize.

Ms. Lovins has appeared on numerous television shows, including 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, and dozens of news programs. A sought-after public speaker, she has addressed such audiences as the U.S. Congress, The World Economic Forum at Davos, the Continental Congress of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the World's Fair Energy Symposia, the Industrial Designers Society WorlDesign, the Epiphany service at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the State of the World Forum, and hundreds of conferences and college symposia.

She sits on the boards of five for-profit and nonprofit companies. In her spare time, she serves on the local fire/rescue service as an EMT, trains horses, competes at polocrosse, and rides rodeo.

Ms. Lovins has co-authored eight books, most notably:

Natural Capitalism
Creating the Next Industrial Revolution (coauthored with Amory Lovins and Paul Hawken)

Breaking the Nuclear Link (1980)

Brittle Power
Energy Strategy for National Security (1982)

Factor Four
Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use (1997)

Frances Craincross of The Economist called the latter "essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the ways technology can be put to the service of the environment."

Hunter has appeared on Integral Naked:

The Nature of Human Change in the Real World7/7/2003

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