President and Founder
Intellectual Capital, Consulting, Education
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L. Hunter Lovins is President of Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS,) a Colorado non-profit that educates senior decision makers in the business case for a Regenerative Economy. NCS, helps companies, communities and countries implement more sustainable practices profitably.
Trained as a sociologist and lawyer (JD), Hunter is a professor of sustainable business management at Bard College, and Denver University; and the chief insurgent of the Madrone Project. Named a Master at the Chinese De Tao Academy, she recently helped launch the Institute for Green Investment in Shanghai.
Lovins has consulted for scores of industries and governments worldwide, including International Finance Corporation, Unilever, Walmart, the United Nations and Royal Dutch Shell, as well as sustainability champions Interface, Patagonia and Clif Bar. She has briefed heads of state, leaders of the numerous local governments, the Pentagon, and about 30 other countries, as well as the UN, and the US Congress.
Hunter lectures regularly to audiences around the globe. She has worked in economic development in countries from Afghanistan to New Zealand, served the King of Bhutan on his International Expert Working Group, charged with transforming the global economy. She sits on the steering committee of the Alliance for Sustainability And Prosperity, and Capital Institute Advisory Board. A founding mentor of the Unreasonable Institute, she teaches entrepreneuring and coaches social enterprises around the world. She is a founding partner in Principium, an impact investing firm.
Hunter has written 15 books and hundreds of articles. The Way Out: Kickstarting Capitalism to Save Our Economic Ass (2012) succeeds her international best-selling book, Natural Capitalism, now used in hundreds of colleges. Her latest, Creating a Lean and Green Business System won the 2014 Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing Research.
Hunter has worked in sustainability policy since 1972. She was instrumental in creating the fields of Economic Renewal, Green Development, and Sustainable Management. She has helped create several MBA schools and is currently professor of Sustainable Business at Bard MBA. She has won dozens of awards, including the European Sustainability Pioneer award, the Right livelihood Award (the alternative Nobel) and the 2012 the Rachel Carson Award. In 2013 she was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals. Time Magazine recognized her as a Millennium Hero for the Planet, and Newsweek called her the Green Business Icon.
Biographies for Download
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List of Awards
- 1982 Mitchell Prize shared for an essay on reallocating utility capital
- 1983 Right Livelihood Award (often called the “alternative Nobel Prize” (video)
- 1993 Nissan Award for an article on Hypercars
- 1999 Lindbergh Awardfor Environment and Technology
- 2000 she was named a “Hero for the Planet” by Time Magazine
- 2000 Loyola University award for Outstanding Community Service
- 2001 she received the Leadership in Business Award
- 2001 shared the Shingo Prize for Manufacturing Research
- 2008 Woodrow Wilson Visiting Scholar at Pace University
- 2008 Environmental Hall of Fame
- 2008 SAM/ SPG Sustainability Pioneer Award—considered the sustainability Nobel by the European financial community
- 2008 Newsweek dubbed her a “Green Business Icon”
- 2012 Audubon Society’s Rachel Carson Award (video)
- 2012 Good Business Leading Woman for 2012: 25 Dynamic Women Who Are Changing the World Through Work & Business” by Good Business New York™, a division of Good Business International, Inc.
- 2012 Trailblazer Award by the Women in Green Forum
- 2012 Atlas Award for Climate Capitalism shared with Boyd Cohen
- 2012 Origin Magazine honored her as EcoRockstar
Click on image(s) to download–these photos of Hunter were taken by Norm Clasen.