President and Founder
Intellectual Capital, Consulting, Education
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L. Hunter Lovins is President and founder of the Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS) (www.natcapsolutions.org). NCS educates senior decision-makers in business, government and civil society about the principles of sustainability. Natural Capitalism is regenerative of human and natural capital while increasing prosperity and quality of life. In partnership with leading thinkers and groups, NCS creates innovative, practical tools and implementation strategies for companies, communities and countries.
Trained as a sociologist and lawyer (JD), Hunter is also currently a professor of sustainable business management at Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Bard College, and Denver University; and the chief insurgent of the madrone project.
Lovins has consulted for scores of industries and governments worldwide. She has consulted with large and small companies including the International Finance Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell, Interface, Clif Bar, and Wal-Mart. Governmental clients include the Pentagon, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy and other agencies, numerous cities, and the governments of Jamaica, Australia, and the U.S. She has also served an advisor to the Energy Minister of the Government of Afghanistan.
Recipient of such honors as the Right Livelihood Award, Lindbergh Award and Leadership in Business, she was named Time Magazine 2000 Hero of the Planet and in 2009 Newsweek dubbed her a “Green Business Icon.” She has co-authored nine books and hundreds of papers, including the 1999 book, Natural Capitalism, 2006 e-book Climate Protection Manual for Cities, and the 2009 Transforming Industry in Asia. She has served on the boards of governments, non- and for profit companies.
Hunter’s areas of expertise include Natural Capitalism, sustainable development, globalization, energy and resource policy, economic development, climate change, land management, and fire rescue and emergency medicine. She developed the Economic Renewal Project and helped write many of its manuals on sustainable community economic development. She was a founding Professor of Business at Presidio Graduate School, one of the first accredited programs offering an MBA in Sustainable Management and is currently Chief Insurgent of the madrone project (more information coming).
Biographies for Download
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2-page biography .pdf file
6-page biography .pdf file
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.