Amory Lovins

Honorary Degree Citation

Amory Lovins

Amory Lovins. Visionary, environmental pragmatist, influential advocate for sustainable energy. You are cofounder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, a nonprofit organization that fosters the efficient and restorative use of resources. You have been described as the world’s most articulate writer on energy issues and one of the Western world’s most influential energy thinkers. Trained as a physicist, you have for three decades dedicated your career to promoting efficient energy and resource use through innovative, economically motivated policy solutions. You have briefed heads of state, consulted with corporations and governments worldwide, and published 29 books and several hundred papers. You have received many prestigious awards and honors for your advocacy of a “soft energy path,” including the World Technology Award, the Right Livelihood Award, and the Nissan, Heinz, and Lindbergh awards. A MacArthur Fellow and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, you have also received the Time magazine Hero for the Planet award and the Onassis Foundation’s Delphi Prize, one of the world’s top environmental awards. As our nation moves into the uncharted territory of a carbon-constrained future, your voice will provide the vision and the plan for making it happen.

By the authority of the Board of Trustees of Colby College, I confer upon you, Amory Lovins, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa. The hood with which you have been invested and this diploma which I place in your hand are visible symbols of your membership in this society of scholars, to all the rights and privileges of which I declare you entitled.

Conferred May 25, 2008


Amory Lovins is co-founder, chairman, and chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute and chairman of Fiberforge, Inc. A physicist and MacArthur Fellow, he has published 29 books and hundreds of papers, has won “Alternative Nobel,” Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell prizes, the Benjamin Franklin and Happold medals, and Heinz, Lindbergh, Jean Meyer, World Technology, and Time “Hero for the Planet” awards. 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 large energy savings, typically at lower capital cost.

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