L. Hunter Lovins
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L. Hunter Lovins is the president of Natural Capitalism, Inc. A renowned author and champion of sustainable development for over thirty years, she has managed international non-profits, taught at major universities, advised citizens’ groups, governments and corporations, created several corporations, and is in great demand as an inspirational speaker and effective consultant. Hunter believes that citizens, communities, and companies working together within a market context are the most dynamic problem-solving force on the planet. She has devoted herself to building teams that can create and implement practical, affordable solutions to the problems that face us.

A member of the California Bar, Hunter helped establish and was for six years assistant director of the California Conservation Project (Tree People), an innovative urban forestry and environmental education group. She served as policy advisor for Friends of the Earth, under David Bower. Named Henry R. Luce visiting professor at Dartmouth College, Hunter has also taught at other universities. In 1982 she founded the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), a 50-person research center with a $7 million annual budget, half of it earned through programmatic enterprise. Until 2002, when she left to join the Global Academy, she was RMI’s CEO for strategy. She was named one of four people from North America to serve as a delegate to the UN’s prep conference for Europe and North America for the World Summit on Sustainable Development. She is a commissioner in the State of the World Forum’s Commission on Globalization, co-chaired by Mikhail Gorbachev, Jane Goodall, George Soros and others. In 2003, she created Natural Capitalism and the non-profit Natural Capitalism Solutions, incorporated as a way to implement the ideas of sustainable development on a global scale. She also helped found, and is now a professor of business at Presidio World College, the first school to offer an accredited MBA in sustainable management.

Private Sector
Hunter Lovins has consulted extensively to the private sector, briefing senior management at such groups as Interface, Chicago Climate Exchange, Bank of America, Allstate, Calvert Social Investment Fund, Royal Dutch/Shell Group, Invensys, the International Finance Corporation, utility companies, and hundreds of non-profits.

Public Sector
Clients have included the U.S. Defense Civil Preparedness Agency, Environmental Protection Agency, The Pentagon, UNIDO, the Bonneville Power Administration, the Solar Energy Research Institute, the German Federal Environment Agency, the Government of Jamaica, the Government of Western Australia, and dozens of community governments.

• US Congress
• World Summit on Sustainable Development
• World Economic Forum
• Global Economic Forum
• Daughters of the American Revolution
• World’s Fair Energy Symposia
• State of the World Forum
• Cathedral of St. John the Divine
• Industrial Designers Society’s WorlDesign
• Hundreds of conferences & college symposia

Corporate Service
Lovins has served on the boards of one government, two private corporations, and many public interest groups. She advises numerous companies and non-profits, including GreenMountain.com. She was a founding director of RMI’s second for-profit spin-off, E SOURCE, until its 1999 sale for $18 million to the Financial Times group.

Hunter shared a 1982 Mitchell Prize for an essay on reallocating utility capital, a 1983 Right Livelihood Award (often called the “alternative Nobel Prize”), a 1993 Nissan Award for an article on Hypercars, the 1999 Lindbergh Award for Environment and Technology, and several honorary doctorates. In 2000 she was named a Hero of the Planet by Time Magazine, and received the Loyola University Award for Outstanding Community Service. In 2001 she received the Leadership in Business Award and shared the Shingo Prize for Manufacturing Research.

• Nine books including Natural Capitalism, co-authored with Amory Lovins and business
author Paul Hawken (1999).
• Dozens of professional papers
• Recent articles have appeared in World Link, World Business Academy Review, The Guardian, American Prospect, Harvard Business Review, Los Angeles Times, Yes Magazine, American Bar Association, and Natural Resources Journal.

Television/Documentary Appearances
• 60 Minutes
• Good Morning America
• Bill Moyers’ NOW
• Pat Robertson’s “700 Club”
• Merv Griffin
• Hundreds of news programs
• Award-winning film “Lovins On the Soft Path”