Physicist Amory Lovins will discuss how unexpected developments in advanced energy efficiency and modern renewable supplies will accelerate the transformation of today’s energy supply industries. Most of what we thought we knew about energy will turn out not to be true, and many incumbents will not survive. But the new energy future rapidly emerging, often at grassroots level, offers exciting opportunities for stronger communities and a richer, cooler, fairer, safer world.
Bio: Amory Lovins is cofounder (1982), Chairman Emeritus, and until September 2019 Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute, with which he continues to collaborate as an independent contractor. Author of 31 books and over 660 papers, he has designed many superefficient buildings, vehicles, and industrial plants, and for 47 years has advised major governments and firms worldwide on advanced energy efficiency and strategy. He received the Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, 12 honorary doctorates, the Heinz, Lindbergh, Right Livelihood, National Design, and World Technology Awards, and Germany’s highest civilian honor (the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit).
A Harvard and Oxford dropout, former Oxford don, honorary US architect, Swedish engineering academician, and 2011–18 member of the US National Petroleum Council, he has taught at ten universities (most recently Stanford’s School of Engineering and the US Naval Postgraduate School). In 2009, Time named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people, and Foreign Policy, one of the 100 top global thinkers. His avocations include music, writing, linguistics, great-ape language, Taoism, and landscape photography with his wife, fine-art landscape photographer Judy Hill Lovins. They live in a passive-solar banana farm in Old Snowmass.