Rocky Moutain Institute's Amory Lovins to Speak at Center

10/26/09 by Staff Writer

Amory Lovins
Amory Lovins

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Rocky Mountain Institute’s cofounder – a scientist Time magazine recently called “one of the world’s 100 most influential people” – will speak at Catawba College on Tuesday, February 23.

The Wall Street Journal named Amory Lovins, RMI’s chairman and chief scientist,  one of 39 people worldwide “most likely to change the course of business in the ‘90s,” and Newsweek called him “one of the Western world’s most influential energy thinkers.”

Lovins’ presentation, “Profitable Solutions to Climate, Oil and Proliferation,” is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Keppel Auditorium.  It is sponsored by the Center for the Environment.

An experimental physicist educated at Harvard and Oxford, Lovins cofounded and leads Rocky Mountain Institute, a market-oriented, entrepreneurial, nonprofit, nonpartisan “think-and-do tank.” He has lately led the redesign of more than $30 billion worth of facilities in 29 sectors for radical energy and resource efficiency.

Lovins has briefed 20 heads of state and held several visiting academic chairs, most recently as 2007 MAP/Ming Professor in Stanford University’s School of Engineering. He has written 29 books and hundreds of papers, advised the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense and consulted for scores of industries and governments worldwide.

A MacArthur Fellow, Lovins has received numerous awards, including the “Alternative Nobel,” Blue Planet, Volvo, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo and Mitchell Prizes and 10 honorary doctorates.

The presentation, which is hosted by the Center for the Environment, is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Since the Center must raise all funds for operations and depends on gifts to provide programs like this, it would welcome a donation of $10 or more from those who attend the program. These funds will go toward providing scholarships for high school students who need financial assistance to attend the Center’s National Youth Environmental Summit in July.  The Summit is a partnership between the Center and Lovins’ organization, Rocky Mountain Institute.
To register, contact Amanda Lanier at allanier@catawba.edu.

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