Physicist Amory Lovins is the Co-founder, Chairman, and Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), an independent think-and-do-tank that creates abundance by design. RMI works with individuals and organizations of every imaginable kind to help them use energy and resources efficiently while being ever-better stewards of the environment. Published in 29 books and hundreds of papers, Lovins' work has been recognized by a MacArthur Fellowship and a Time 'Hero for the Planet' Award among many others. He advises governments and major firms worldwide on advanced energy and resource efficiency, and has led the technical redesign of $30 billion worth of facilities in 29 sectors to achieve very large energy savings at typically lower capital cost. The 'Wall Street Journal' named Mr. Lovins one of thirty-nine people worldwide 'most likely to change the course of business in the '90s'; 'Newsweek' has praised him as 'one of the Western world's most influential energy thinkers'; and 'Car' magazine ranked him the twenty-second most powerful person in the global automotive industry.
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