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Amory B Lovins
Adjunct Professor

Amory Lovins

Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Physicist Amory Lovins (1947– ) is Cofounder (1982) and Chairman Emeritus, and was Chief Scientist (2007–19), of Rocky Mountain Institute (, with which he continues to collaborate as an independent contractor and a Trustee. He has designed numerous superefficient buildings, vehicles, and industrial plants, and synthesized an "integrative design" method and practice that can make the energy efficiency resource severalfold larger, yet cheaper, often with increasing returns. Since 1973 he has also advised major governments and firms in more than 70 countries on advanced energy efficiency and strategy, emphasizing efficiency, renewables integration, and the links between energy, resources, environment, security, development, and economy.

Lovins has 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, many other energy and environment recognitions, 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 the US Naval Postgraduate School and Stanford's School of Engineering as spring 2007 MAP/Ming Visiting Professor, returning in 2020–  as Adjunct Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering)—teaching only subjects he hasn’t formally studied, so as to cultivate beginner’s mind. 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 most recent books, mostly coauthored, include Natural Capitalism (1999), Small Is Profitable (2002), Winning the Oil Endgame (2004), The Essential Amory Lovins (2011), and Reinventing Fire (2011). His avocations include fine-art landscape photography (the profession of his wife Judy Hill Lovins,, music, writing, orangutans, great-ape language, linguistics, and Taoist thought.

COURSES: Lovins and CEE Adjunct Professor Dr. Holmes Hummel offered three courses or seminars in 2020–21 (the first and third wholly new, the second in its fifth Stanford version) applying whole-system thinking and integrative design for radical energy efficiency and profitable climate solutions:

•Autumn term: CEE 107H, CEE 207H: "Applied Hope: Whole-Systems Thinking on Energy Solutions."
•Winter term: CEE 107R, CEE 207R: "E^3: Extreme Energy Efficiency."
•Spring term: CEE 107D, CEE 207D. "Scaling Integrative Design for Radical Energy Efficiency."

They hope to add a summer 2021 summer practicum testing the most promising scaling vectors identified in the spring seminar.


Lovins has authored 31 books and over 700 papers in a wide range of disciplines. His recent peer-reviewed papers include:

"How big is the energy efficiency resource?," Env. Res. Ltrs., Sep 2018,
"Recalibrating climate prospects," coauthored, Env. Res. Ltrs., Dec 2019,
"Can a virus and viral ideas speed the world's journey beyond fossil fuels?," Env. Res. Ltrs., Feb 2021,
"Reframing automotive fuel efficiency," SAE J-STEEP, Apr 2020,

His Aug/Sep 2020 Electricity Journal interview on the future of electricity is at
His 11 Nov 2020 Precourt Institute for Energy seminar on "Integrative Design for Radical Energy Efficiency," with Dr. Holmes Hummel, is at….