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Ocean Acidification Still Matters in ColoradoBlog Post: Ocean Acidification BY: TATJANA KUNZ (Summer Intern 2017)   Even those of us …2017/10/11Blog, Uncategorized2017-10-11 15:21:11
Killing Your FutureHuffington Post L. Hunter Lovins February 2017 This article has been submitted as part of …2017/06/22Articles, Blog, Huffington Post, Hunter Lovins2017-06-22 15:10:40
Can Trump’s Election Open The Door To A Sustainable And Desirable Future?Huffington Post L. Hunter Lovins February 2017 This article has been submitted as part of …2017/06/22Articles, Blog, Huffington Post, Hunter Lovins2017-06-22 15:08:44
The Day You Changed The EconomyHuffington Post L. Hunter Lovins April 2017 This article has been submitted as part of …2017/06/22Articles, Blog, Huffington Post, Hunter Lovins2017-06-22 15:04:05
Leading for Well-beingHuffington Post L. Hunter Lovins February 2016 This article has been submitted as part of …2017/06/22Articles, Blog, Huffington Post2017-06-22 14:56:48
The Future of Oil & Gas – With Hunter Lovins and Dave Peterson“A Public Affairs” on KGNU on Thursday, August 5, 2016. Hunter Lovins of Natural Capitalism …2016/08/05Blog, Colorado, Contributor, Hunter Lovins, Interview, LHL, Location, Press2016-08-05 18:17:48
Setting the PACE: New ways to invest in clean energy home improvements for low and moderate income AmericansBill Ritter Jr The White House announcement today on Residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) …2016/07/21Articles, Blog, Contributor, Press2016-07-21 17:17:30
Roughly Right vs Really WrongHuffington Post L. Hunter Lovins June 2016 Hunter Lovins explains that when it comes to …2016/06/16Articles, Blog, Huffington Post2016-06-16 13:43:11
More Charging Stations Give Electric Cars More RangeShelley Schlender January 2016 BOULDER, COLORADO— Neil Belmore and his son Matt are on a …2016/01/28Articles, Blog, Colorado, Hunter Lovins, Interview, LHL, Press2016-01-28 14:51:21
Understanding Public Opinions on Climate Change in the U.S.Meryl Compton January 2016 With the recent year of historic climate action behind us, it’s …2016/01/25Articles, Blog, Colorado2016-01-25 18:25:37
FearHuffington Post L. Hunter Lovins December 2015 This article has been submitted as part of …2015/12/22Articles, Blog, Huffington Post, Hunter Lovins, LHL, Press2015-12-22 19:22:53
Playing Catch Up: The U.S. is Losing the Renewable Energy RaceKendall Kraus November 2015 No one enjoys playing catch up.  Why work twice as hard …2015/12/14Articles, Blog2015-12-14 15:44:11
Project Spotlight: Lyons, COSustainable Recovery (by Toby Russell) It’s been a long time in the making. Way back …2015/04/16Blog2015-04-16 16:40:46
Hunter’s Corner: Traveling The Globe To Create a Movement That MattersSpring 2015 Where did winter go? My friends in the Northeast are pleased to see …2015/04/16ASAP, Blog, Hunter Lovins2015-04-16 16:34:37
Turning Passion into ActionNCS Interns: Where Are They Now Series  My internship at Nat Cap was the first …2014/12/02Blog, NCS Interns, Uncategorized2014-12-02 16:59:12
Hunter’s Homework AssignmentsISSP Conference | Wisdom Panel Denver, CO 13 November 2014 During the ISSP Conference Wisdom …2014/11/20Blog, Endorsement, Hunter Lovins2014-11-20 21:25:55
A Small Team Making a Big Difference: An Intern's Look at NCSBy 2014 NCS Intern Teija Mortvedt “Everything around you that you call life was made …2014/06/18Blog, NCS Interns2014-06-18 18:26:44
Why We Rob Our ChildernBill Becker 5 February 2014   In 1934 when the FBI asked Willie Sutton why …2014/02/05Bill Becker, Blog, Huffington Post2014-02-05 21:29:59

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Ocean Acidification Still Matters in Colorado

Blog Post: Ocean Acidification BY: TATJANA KUNZ (Summer Intern 2017) Even those of us in landlocked Colorado, 745 miles from the nearest shore, rely on the ocean. The ocean absorbs large amounts of the carbon dioxide that we release, provides us with tasty seafood, is a major source for pharmaceuticals, and generates 70 percent of the oxygen in our atmosphere.[1] But our oceans are at risk. Unless we do something about it, ocean acidification (OA) will continue to threaten and erode the marine life that our economy relies so heavily on. The ocean absorbs about a third of the excess ...
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Killing Your Future

Huffington Post L. Hunter Lovins February 2017 This article has been submitted as part of the Natural Capital Coalition’s series of blogs on natural capital by Hunter Lovins, President, Natural Capitalism Solutions, Professor of Sustainable Management, Bard MBA and Time Magazine Millennium “Hero of the Planet”. As I write, the U.S. Administration is announcing that it is leaving the Paris Climate Accord. The environmental and business communities are outraged. Advocates of withdrawal claim that it will put America first. Little could be further from the truth. This used to be the position developing nations took at international climate negotiations: rich ...
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Can Trump’s Election Open The Door To A Sustainable And Desirable Future?

Huffington Post L. Hunter Lovins February 2017 This article has been submitted as part of the Natural Capital Coalition’s series of blogs on natural capital by Hunter Lovins, President, Natural Capitalism Solutions, Professor of Sustainable Management, Bard MBA and Time Magazine Millennium “Hero of the Planet”. With Robert Costanza, Ida Kubiszewski, Lorenzo Fioramonti, Maja Goepel, Dirk Philipsen and Stewart Wallis Donald Trump’s narrow victory in November has shocked many around the world. Made possible only by an antiquated electoral system, his claim to the most powerful position in world politics seemed previously inconceivable. Controversial decisions on immigration, climate change and ...
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The Day You Changed The Economy

Huffington Post L. Hunter Lovins April 2017 This article has been submitted as part of the Natural Capital Coalition’s series of blogs on natural capital by Hunter Lovins, President, Natural Capitalism Solutions, Professor of Sustainable Management, Bard MBA and Time Magazine Millennium “Hero of the Planet”. I was there when we transformed the economy. Were you? It happened 15 – 17 May 2017 in Boulder, Colorado, at the Regenerative Future Summit. The Summit featured leading thinkers in the new economy, CEOs, activists and 300 citizens who gathered to create a new narrative for a Regenerative Economy: a world that works ...
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Leading for Well-being

Huffington Post L. Hunter Lovins February 2016 This article has been submitted as part of the Natural Capital Coalition’s series of blogs on natural capital by Hunter Lovins, President, Natural Capitalism Solutions, Professor of Sustainable Management, Bard MBA and Time Magazine Millennium “Hero of the Planet”. In a world beset with woes, people hunger for a sense of who they are, where they belong and what they believe in. Sixty million refugees are on the move, climate chaos is upon us, and the global economy teeters. Demagogues call for the worst in us, and find fertile ground in a political ...
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The Future of Oil & Gas – With Hunter Lovins and Dave Peterson

"A Public Affairs" on KGNU on Thursday, August 5, 2016. Hunter Lovins of Natural Capitalism Solutions and Dave Peterson, who has served on the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, discuss the future of oil and gas, including fracking, especially for Colorado. Listen to the entire show here! ...
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Setting the PACE: New ways to invest in clean energy home improvements for low and moderate income Americans

Bill Ritter Jr The White House announcement today on Residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a welcome solution to a problem that has plagued states since 2010. It will go far toward helping all citizens, but especially those on a low and moderate income, to make efficiency improvements to their homes and lower their energy bills. A little history. In 2008, Colorado and California passed the first PACE legislation – allowing households to finance energy improvements on their homes through a simple assessment on their property tax bill. The revenue collected was bonded to finance the energy improvements creating ...
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Roughly Right vs Really Wrong

Huffington Post L. Hunter Lovins June 2016 Hunter Lovins explains that when it comes to valuing nature, it’s better to be roughly right than really wrong. This article has been submitted as part of the Natural Capital Coalition’s series of blogs on natural capital by Hunter Lovins, President, Natural Capitalism Solutions, Professor of Sustainable Management, Bard MBA and Time Magazine Millennium “Hero of the Planet”. “NATURAL CAPITAL!” the famous author snarled at me, “It’s NATURE! It’s PEOPLE! not capital. You can’t call them capital; they’re... they’re...spiritual,” he spat at me. “You can’t put a price tag on them. It’s immoral.” ...
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More Charging Stations Give Electric Cars More Range

Shelley Schlender January 2016 BOULDER, COLORADO— Neil Belmore and his son Matt are on a road trip from Toronto to Palo Alto, California - 4300 kilometers - driving without stopping for gas. They're powering up their all-electric Tesla Model S at charging stations along the way. Not too long ago, electric car owners couldn't plan a road trip like that. The lack of charging stations outside of major cities kept them fairly close to home. That, and the high price tag of electric cars, meant these alternative vehicles were only a tiny slice of the auto market. Dawn of the ...
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Understanding Public Opinions on Climate Change in the U.S.

Meryl Compton January 2016 With the recent year of historic climate action behind us, it’s now time to gain some perspective about where the general public stands on issues related to climate and clean energy. By carefully studying the full complexity of public opinions, and identifying significant gaps between mass public and expert opinions, it is possible to improve communication, policy strategy, and public engagement so that real change can happen. By considering public opinions when developing a course of action, the public is then given the ability to influence policymakers and major institutions, and to help establish national priorities ...
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Fear

Huffington Post L. Hunter Lovins December 2015 This article has been submitted as part of the Natural Capital Coalition’s series of blogs on natural capital by Hunter Lovins, President, Natural Capitalism Solutions, Professor of Sustainable Management, Bard MBA and Time Magazine Millennium “Hero of the Planet”. We've all felt it. Anxiety before an exam; the realization that we are about to be hurt, the sick feeling when kids with Kalashnikovs kill hundreds in the streets of Paris. Once, as the crew boss on a fire crew, I was assigned to protect a house against a fast moving brush fire. Deployed ...
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Playing Catch Up: The U.S. is Losing the Renewable Energy Race

Kendall Kraus November 2015 No one enjoys playing catch up.  Why work twice as hard after falling behind if you are already at the top of the ladder?  Right now, the United States is at the top of the global economic ladder and has been since the twentieth century.  However, the U.S. is vulnerable to losing this first-place position due to its lack of progress implementing renewable energy. Germany is well on it’s way to using 100% renewable energy.  Just this June, Germany succeeded in producing 78% of its energy from renewables, beating their previous record of 74%. Germany is ...
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Project Spotlight: Lyons, CO

Sustainable Recovery (by Toby Russell) It's been a long time in the making. Way back in August of 2013 Natural Capitalism Solutions won the contract to support the creation of the Lyons Environmental Sustainability Action Plan.  The vision of the plan was to create a document that would help guide Lyons on a path toward a sustainable future. A future that harnesses the creativity of the dynamic population minimizes their impact on the environment, and spurs innovation. Just after the project started, a devastating flood tore though Lyons and changed everything. It destroyed and damaged twenty percent of the housing ...
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Hunter’s Corner: Traveling The Globe To Create a Movement That Matters

Spring 2015 Where did winter go? My friends in the Northeast are pleased to see it move off, but for me it's been a blur. My main priority has been to push forward the creation of a narrative for an economy in service to life—one that works for 100% of humanity, as Bucky Fuller put it. This is something I cannot do alone, so I have been pulling together a coalition of leaders from across the globe. After pitching the idea at the Club of Rome, I was asked to serve on their Executive Committee and help make it one ...
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Turning Passion into Action

NCS Interns: Where Are They Now Series  My internship at Nat Cap was the first step in turning a passion for environmental stewardship into a new career.  The very talented Nat Cap staff worked side by side with interns, treating us as colleagues, to produce their research and many consulting and education projects. I’ve often referred to the interns as a machine; they are an integral part of the engine that is Natural Capitalism Solutions.  Being an intern from spring through fall, meant an enormously enriching experience, working with many different interns, all from diverse backgrounds. I was also involved ...
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Hunter’s Homework Assignments

ISSP Conference | Wisdom Panel Denver, CO 13 November 2014 During the ISSP Conference Wisdom Panel last Thursday, November 13th, if your pen wasn’t flying fast enough you might have missed some of the books, videos, ideas and leaders Hunter thinks worth checking out. Don't worry, we've got your back. Videos: Charlie Rose interviews Jeremy Grantham long version on hulu: http://www.hulu.com/watch/466390 youtube version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llSP61r-pfE Russell Brand vs. Jeremy Paxman youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YR4CseY9pk Books: Winning the Story Wars: Jonah Sachs Creating Climate Wealth: Jigar Shah The Spirit Level: Kate Pickett & Richard Wilkinson Limits to Growth: Donella H. Meadows Leaders: Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB): http://www.sasb.org/   ...
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A Small Team Making a Big Difference: An Intern's Look at NCS

By 2014 NCS Intern Teija Mortvedt “Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you'll never be the same again.” -Steve Jobs People often think that it takes extraordinary genius, luck, or serendipity to make big things happen. That corporations are untouchable behemoths that rule the world. I had grown up with the preconception that only the ‘big’ could produce big. At Natural Capitalism Solutions, I’ve ...
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Why We Rob Our Childern

Bill Becker 5 February 2014 In 1934 when the FBI asked Willie Sutton why he robbed banks, he reportedly answered, "Because that's where the money is." Today, if you ask an investor in the fossil energy sector to be candid about why he is robbing our children's future, he would give the same response: That's where the money is. Whether we're talking about government subsidies, or buying stock, or wildcatting for oil, or shoveling coal, or destroying a wetland for economic development, we are investing in things that degrade the future, squander natural capital, and spend our children's inheritance. That ...
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