Amory Lovins

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Amory Lovins, called "one of the Western world's most influential energy thinkers" by Newsweek, spoke at Keppel Auditorium on the Catawba College campus at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010. He is the Rocky Mountain Institute's cofounder, chairman and chief scientist.

The video above is the tape of his speech.

Time magazine called Lovins one of 2009's 100 most influential people in the world. The Wall Street Journal named him one of 39 people worldwide "most likely to change the course of business in the '90s."

An experimental physicist educated at Harvard and Oxford, Lovins 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.