L. Hunter Lovins to Offer Distinctive Take on Sustainability at Congress of Cities

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L. Hunter Lovins, president and founder of Natural Capitalism Inc., and co-creator of the Natural Capitalism concept, will speak before delegates of the 2010 Congress of Cities & Exposition on December 3, offering her distinctive take on sustainability and economic development.

Natural Capitalism is the idea that natural capital, the natural resources and ecological systems that provide vital life support to them, is in decline, while labor is in great supply.

Natural Capitalism upends the thinking of the industrial revolution and explores the lucrative opportunities for businesses in an era of approaching environmental limits.

This idea was developed in depth in, "Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution," written by Lovins, Paul Hawken and Amory Lovins.

In 1982, she co-founded the world-renowned Rocky Mountain Institute, an internationally recognized research center, widely celebrated for its innovative thinking on energy and resource issues. As CEO of strategy from 1982 to 2002, Lovins helped grow the organization to a staff of 50 people with an annual budget of $7 million, half of it earned through programmatic enterprise.

Trained as a lawyer, Lovins has managed international nonprofits and created several corporations. Her areas of interest and expertise include Natural Capitalism, globalization, economic development, governance, land management, energy, water, green real-estate development and community economic development.

She has taught at dozens of universities, including an engagement as the Henry R. Luce Visiting Professor at Dartmouth College. …