Pitzer Spotlights

2004-2005 Spotlight Archives

Hunter Lovins ’72 Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Hunter LovinsPitzer College annually honors one of its graduates with the Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes an alumna/us who has brought honor and distinction to the College through her or his outstanding achievements.

This year, the College celebrates the determined energy of an alumna who has committed herself to global sustainability issues and their human dimensions. Hunter Lovins, a 1972 graduate of Pitzer, embodies the College’s commitment to environmentally conscious practices and their integration into the education of our students.

Lovins earned her law degree at Loyola University School of Law and has managed international nonprofits, created several corporations and works around the world as a consultant. She is currently an advisor to the Ministry of Energy, Government of Afghanistan, and is consulting to aid agencies on the tsunami reconstruction.

She is the president and founder of Natural Capitalism and co-creator of the Natural Capitalism concept, which is a new business model that recognizes and responds to the decline in natural capital (natural resources and ecological systems). Her other interests include globalization, governance, land management, energy, water, green real-estate development, and community economic development.

She has taught at many universities, including an appointment as the Henry R. Luce Visiting Professor at Dartmouth College. She currently serves as a professor of sustainability at Presidio World College in the first accredited program in sustainable management.

Hunter Lovins in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan

Lovins frequently receives honors for her work. She shared a 1982 Mitchell Prize for an essay on reallocating utility capital; a 1983 Right Livelihood Award (called the “alternative Nobel Prize”); a 1993 Nissan Award for an article on hypercars; and the 1999 Lindbergh Award for Environment and Technology. Time Magazine named her a “Hero of the Planet” in 2000.

The 2004-2005 selection committee extends its congratulations to Lovins as the recipient of Pitzer’s highest alumni honor. Lovins’ lifelong devotion to solving problems in ways that support people and the planet reflects the tremendous dedication imbued in our graduates by a curriculum that aims to change the world.

The selection committee includes Andy Goodman ’81, chair; Jamie Brown ’99, director of alumni relations; Ann Bilodeau ’69; Singleton Cox ’94; Hector Martinez ’88; Meg Perry ’72; Ellin Ringer-Henderson, emeriti faculty representative; Professor Barry Sanders, faculty representative; and Susannah Welch ’05, student representative.