Hunter Lovins

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L. Hunter Lovins (née Sheldon, born February 26, 1950, in Middlebury, Vermont)[1] 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[edit]

Lovins received an undergraduate degree in sociology and political science from Pitzer College in 1972, and a J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1975.[2][3]

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),[3] and was their assistant director for about six years.[4] She served as policy adviser for Friends of the Earth under David Brower.[5]

In 1982, Hunter Lovins and Amory Lovins co-founded Rocky Mountain Institute in Snowmass, Colorado.[6] They initially ran the research foundation out of their home[7] and referred to it as a "think-and-do-tank".[8] Hunter Lovins served as RMI's CEO for strategy until 2002.[8]

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.[5][9]

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.[10]

Lovins is a founding professor of the MBA in sustainability at Bard College, where she serves as a faculty member.[11]

Lovins has addressed major gatherings such as the World Economic Forum,[citation needed] the United States Congress, and the World Summit on Sustainable Development.[12][13] She has also done consulting for citizens’ groups, governments, and corporations.

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 1983, she and Amory Lovins were awarded the Right Livelihood Award for "pioneering soft energy paths for global security."[14]

Lovins received a 1993 Nissan Award for an article on the Hypercar.[15] The Lindbergh Foundation recognized her with the 1999 Lindbergh Award for "outstanding achievements in energy and environmental practice and policy."[16] 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.[17]

She received Loyola Law School’s Alumni Association Board of Governors Recognition Award in 2000.[18] The following year, Lovins and her Natural Capitalism co-authors were recognized with a Shingo Prize for manufacturing research.[19] In 2005, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award of Pitzer College.[20]

Time magazine featured Lovins in 2000 as one of their "Heroes for the Planet".[21]

Personal life[edit]

In 1979, Hunter married Amory Lovins.[22] The couple separated in 1989 and divorced in 1999.[8]


Lovins co-authored the following books:

Lovins has also written articles for Unreasonable Group's online hub focused on social entrepreneurship.[23]


  1. ^ John Barry, E. Gene Frankland (2014). International Encyclopedia of Environmental Politics. Routledge. p. 311. ISBN 9781135553968.
  2. ^ Pitzer College "Hunter Lovins '72, 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award Honoree", Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Loyola Law School "L. Hunter Lovins '75: Director, Natural Capitalism Academy of the Global Academy" Archived July 20, 2019, at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  4. ^ Cassio, Jim; Rush, Alice (2009). Green Careers: Choosing Work for a Sustainable Future. New Society Publishers. p. 112. ISBN 978-0865716438.
  5. ^ a b Grist staff, "Hunter Lovins, thinker on sustainability, answers questions", Grist, August 3, 2004. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  6. ^ David Barry and Brad Lemley, "Lovin' Hydrogen", Discover, November 2001 issue. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  7. ^ Scott Condon, "Old Snowmass property sold for $8.5 million", The Aspen Times, May 13, 2013. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  8. ^ a b c 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.
  9. ^ Presidio Graduate School "Pinchot University is now Presidio Graduate School" Archived August 1, 2020, at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  10. ^ Semester at Sea, "Unreasonable at Sea Mentors & Entrepreneurs in the Spotlight: Hunter Lovins & Aquaphytex", October 25, 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  11. ^ "Bard MBA Faculty: Hunter Lovins". Archived from the original on October 27, 2020. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  12. ^ Byrne, John, ed. (2018). The Politics of Energy Research and Development. Routledge. p. 34. ISBN 978-1138537538.
  13. ^ Curwood, Steve "Living on Earth", Air date: Week of September 6, 2002. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  14. ^ The Right Livelihood Award "Laureates: Amory and Hunter Lovins (1983, USA)", Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  15. ^ Polunin, Nicholas, ed. (2009). World Who Is Who and Does What in Environment and Conservation. Routledge. p. 194. ISBN 978-1-84971-005-3.
  16. ^ Lindbergh Foundation Archived August 9, 2020, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  17. ^ "LOHAS Award Winners Honored" Nutraceuticals World, July 1, 2001. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  18. ^ Loyola Law School "Alumni Association Board of Governors Recognition Award", Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  19. ^ Robert W. Hall, "Shigo Prize Winners", Target magazine, Volume 17, Number 3, AME.
  20. ^ Pitzer College "Hunter Lovins ’72, 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award Honoree", Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  21. ^ Christopher Hallowell, "Amory and Hunter Lovins: Enemies of Waste" Time, April 26, 2000. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  22. ^ "Amory and Hunter Lovins: Spokespersons for a Sustainable-energy Future", Mother Earth News, July/August 1984. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  23. ^ L. Hunter Lovins, Retrieved July 19, 2019.

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