World-renowned physicist and environmentalist Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute will join the Colleges as the first speaker in the 2012-2013 President’s Forum Speaker Series. Lovins, who was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, will discuss his work in energy policy on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Vandervort Room.The title of his talk is “Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era.”
For nearly 40 years, Lovins has been an active figure in the realms of energy, resources, environment, development, and security in more than 50 countries. The former MacArthur Fellow is considered by many to be the world’s leading authority on energy with particular attention to its efficient use and sustainable supply. As an adviser to governments and major firms throughout the world, he has briefed 20 heads of state on issues of advanced energy and resource efficiency.
Lovins co-founded the Rocky Mountain Institute, where he serves as chair and chief scientist. The independent, nonprofit think-tank seeks to create “abundance by design” and to drive the efficient use of resources – helping to steer the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energies. The company has lent its private-sector consultancy to more than 80 Fortune 500 firms and has spun off E SOURCE and the Fiberforge Corporation.
He has served as an adviser to the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense, and has been a major innovator in the field of integrative design. A prolific author, Lovins has published 29 books, his latest of which are “Small Is Profitable: The Hidden Economic Benefits of Making Electrical Resources the Right Size,” which was named an Economist book of the year in 2002, and “Winning the Oil Endgame,” a Pentagon-cosponsored roadmap for eliminating U.S. oil use by the 2040s.
Throughout his career, Lovins has received countless awards for including the 1982 Mitchell Prize, a 1983 Right Livelihood Award – a recognition often referred to as the “alternative Nobel Prize,” the 1999 Lindbergh Award, and Time‘s 2000 Heroes for the Planet Award. In 1989, he won the Onassis Foundation’s first DELPHI Prize with Hunter Lovins for their contributions to alternative energy solutions. He is also the recipient of the Heinz Award, the Blue Planet Prize, Volvo Prize, Time International‘s Hero of the Environment award and Popular Mechanics’ Breakthrough Leadership award. In 2009, he was named one of the 100 top global thinkers by Foreign Policy.
Following two years of education at Harvard College, Lovins transferred to Magdalen College at the University of Oxford in 1967 where he studied physics. He became a junior research fellow at Oxford University’s Merton College, receiving an M.A. and becoming a university don at the age of 21. He is now the recipient of 11 honorary doctorates from universities and colleges across the U.S. and U.K., and has served as a lecturer at the University of California Berkley, and visiting professor at many universities including the University of Colorado, Dartmouth and Stanford.
Established in the winter of 2000 by President Mark D. Gearan, the President’s Forum Series is designed to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with students, faculty and staff of the Colleges, as well as with interested community members.