2017 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum

L. Hunter Lovins, President; Natural Capitalism Solutions

 

L. Hunter Lovins, President; Natural Capitalism Solutions

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 the Capital Institute Advisory Board. A founding mentor of the Unreasonable Institute , she teaches entrepreneurship 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.

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