L. Hunter Lovins (née Sheldon, born February 26, 1950 in Middlebury, Vermont) is an American environmentalist, author, sustainable development proponent, co-founder of Rocky Mountain Institute, and president of the nonprofit organization Natural Capitalism Solutions.
Education and career
A practicing attorney (member of the State Bar of California), Lovins helped establish the urban forestry and environmental education group California Conservation Project (Tree People), and was their assistant director for about six years. She served as policy adviser for Friends of the Earth under David Brower.
In 1982, Hunter Lovins and Amory Lovins co-founded Rocky Mountain Institute in Snowmass, Colorado. They initially ran the research foundation out of their home and referred to it as a "think-and-do-tank." Hunter Lovins served as RMI's CEO for strategy until 2002.
Lovins has taught at several universities including Dartmouth College, where she was a Henry R. Luce visiting professor, and the Bainbridge Graduate Institute's Pinchot University, which became Presidio Graduate School in 2016.
In 2013, Hunter served as a mentor for Unreasonable at Sea, a technology business accelerator for social entrepreneurs seeking to scale their ventures in international markets, founded by Unreasonable Group, Semester at Sea, and Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.
Lovins has addressed major gatherings such as the World Economic Forum, the United States Congress, and the World Summit on Sustainable Development. She has also done consulting for citizens’ groups, governments, and corporations.
Awards and recognition
Hunter and Amory Lovins shared a Mitchell Prize in 1982 for their paper, "Electric Utilities: Key to Capitalizing the Energy Transition." In 1983, she and Amory Lovins were awarded the Right Livelihood Award for "pioneering soft energy paths for global security."
Lovins received a 1993 Nissan Award for an article on the Hypercar. The Lindbergh Foundation recognized her with the 1999 Lindbergh Award for "outstanding achievements in energy and environmental practice and policy." Lovins received a Leadership in Business Award at the Natural Business Conference in June 2001 for her work in the lifestyles of health and sustainability (LOHAS) industry.
She received Loyola Law School’s Alumni Association Board of Governors Recognition Award in 2000. The following year, Lovins and her Natural Capitalism co-authors were recognized with a Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence for manufacturing research. In 2005, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award of Pitzer College.
Lovins co-authored the following books:
- Energy/War, Breaking the Nuclear Link (1981)
- Brittle Power: Energy Strategy for National Security (1982)
- Least-Cost Energy: Solving the CO2 Problem (1981)
- The First Nuclear World War: A Strategy for Preventing Nuclear Wars and the Spread of Nuclear Weapons (1983)
- Energy Unbound: A Fable for America's Future (1986)
- Green Development: Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate (1998)
- Factor 4: Doubling Wealth - Halving Resource Use and Least Cost Energy with Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker (1998)
- Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution (1999)
- Climate Capitalism: Capitalism in the Age of Climate Change (2011)
- The Way Out: Kickstarting Capitalism to Save Our Economic Ass (2012)
- Creating a Lean and Green Business System: Techniques for Improving Profits and Sustainability (2013)
- John Barry, E. Gene Frankland (2014). International Encyclopedia of Environmental Politics. Routledge. p. 311. ISBN 9781135553968.
- Pitzer College "Hunter Lovins '72, 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award Honoree", Retrieved July 19, 2019.
- Loyola Law School "L. Hunter Lovins '75: Director, Natural Capitalism Academy of the Global Academy", Retrieved July 19, 2019.
- Cassio, Jim; Rush, Alice (2009). Green Careers: Choosing Work for a Sustainable Future. New Society Publishers. p. 112. ISBN 978-0865716438.
- Grist staff, "Hunter Lovins, thinker on sustainability, answers questions", Grist, August 3, 2004. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
- David Barry and Brad Lemley, "Lovin' Hydrogen", Discover, November 2001 issue. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
- Scott Condon, "Old Snowmass property sold for $8.5 million", The Aspen Times, May 13, 2013. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
- Feder, Barnaby J (February 28, 2004). "Iconoclast Gets Consultant Fees To Tell Big Oil It's Fading Fast". The New York Times. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
- Presidio Graduate School "Pinchot University is now Presidio Graduate School", Retrieved July 19, 2019.
- Semester at Sea, "Unreasonable at Sea Mentors & Entrepreneurs in the Spotlight: Hunter Lovins & Aquaphytex", October 25, 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
- "Bard MBA Faculty: Hunter Lovins".
- Byrne, John, ed. (2018). The Politics of Energy Research and Development. Routledge. p. 34. ISBN 978-1138537538.
- Curwood, Steve "Living on Earth", Air date: Week of September 6, 2002. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
- Marien, Michael, ed. (1984). Future Survey Annual 1983: A Guide to the Recent Literature of Trends, Forecasts, and Policy Proposals (Volume 4 of Future Survey Annual, 1983). Transaction Publishers. p. 6. ISBN 0930242238.
- The Right Livelihood Award "Laureates: Amory and Hunter Lovins (1983, USA)", Retrieved July 19, 2019.
- Polunin, Nicholas, ed. (2009). World Who Is Who and Does What in Environment and Conservation. Routledge. p. 194. ISBN 978-1-84971-005-3.
- Lindbergh Foundation. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
- "LOHAS Award Winners Honored" Nutraceuticals World, July 1, 2001. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
- Loyola Law School "Alumni Association Board of Governors Recognition Award", Retrieved July 19, 2019.
- Robert W. Hall, "Shigo Prize Winners", Target magazine, Volume 17, Number 3, AME.
- Pitzer College "Hunter Lovins ’72, 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award Honoree", Retrieved July 19, 2019.
- Christopher Hallowell, "Amory and Hunter Lovins: Enemies of Waste" Time, April 26, 2000. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
- Martha Brant “How to Get Rich Being Green” Newsweek, April 5, 2008. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
- "Amory and Hunter Lovins: Spokespersons for a Sustainable-energy Future", Mother Earth News, July/August 1984. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
- L. Hunter Lovins, UnreasonableGroup.com. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
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