Senator John Heinz

RELATED NEWS

  • Mona Hanna-Attisha is interviewed by WESA public radio in Pittsburgh go >>
  • Rita Dove is profiled as one of TIME Firsts: Women Leaders Who Are Changing the World go >>
  • Hugh Herr is profiled in-depth by Outside Magazine go >>
  • The Los Angeles Times explores John Luther Adams’ new art installation at UC San Diego go >>
  • The New York Times Travel Section explores August Wilson's Pittsburgh go >>
  • Dean Kamen launches BioFabUSA to aggregate technologies for creating human tissue and organs go >>
  • John Harbison is profiled by the Wisconsin Gazette go >>
  • Janine Benyus and her work is profiled on the 20th anniversary of her book, “Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature” go >>
  • NPR explores the creation of Mason Bates' first opera, The (R)evolution Of Steve Jobs go >>
  • Herbert Needleman, 2nd Heinz Award recipient for the Environment, who exposed developmental dangers of lead exposure, dies at 89 go >>
  • John Luther Adams' music gets a five-day festival courtesy of SFJAZZ go >>
  • Hugh Herr and his work is profiled in a BBC News article on prosthetics go >>
  • Aaron Wolf is interviewed by The Texas Tribune go >>
  • 'Bending the Arc,' a documentary about Paul Farmer's organization, Partners In Health, is reviewed in Nature go >>
  • Gretchen Daily is 2017 recipient of the Asahi Blue Planet Prize go >>
  • Roz Chast is profiled in The Daily Beast go >>
  • August Wilson's 'Jitney' captures best play revival at 2017 Tony Awards go >>
  • Frederica Perera writes OpEd piece on prenatal environmental risks for The New York Times go >>
  • Bernice Johnson Reagon and Sweet Honey in the Rock is profiled by PBS' American Masters go >>
  • Herb Needleman and his pioneering work on lead poisoning is profiled by NOVA Next go >>
  • Rick Lowe is named as a 2017 Graham Foundation recipient go >>
  • John Luther Adams' work with bird song is explored by the New York TImes go >>
  • John Harbison is profiled on NPR's Nashville Symphony Broadcasts go >>
  • Freeman Hrabowski is profiled in The New York Times' Corner Office series go >>
  • Leila Janah is profiled in The New York Times' Corner Office series go >>
  • John Holdren speaks out on the need to defend the role of science go >>
  • Nancy Knowlton writes Op-Ed for Nature magazine on encouraging conservation through celebrating our successes go >>
  • Elizabeth Kolbert receives the 2017 Blake-Dodd Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters go >>
  • Dorothy Height is honored with a United States Black Heritage postage stamp go >>
  • Sanjeev Arora's Project ECHO receives $10 million grant for patients living in rural and underserved areas in the U.S. and Africa go >>
  • Millie Dresselhaus, pioneering scientist and 11th Heinz Award recipient for Technology and the Economy, dies at 86 go >>
  • The Austin Chronicle reviews Ann Hamilton’s latest iteration of O N E E V E R Y O N E at the University of Austin go >>
  • Leroy Hood is the 2017 recipient of National Academy of Sciences Award for Chemistry in Service to Society go >>
  • 'True South: Henry Hampton and "Eyes on the Prize"' is reviewed by The New York Times go >>
  • The New York Times reviews the new Broadway production of August Wilson's "Jitney" go >>
  • TIME publishes James Nachtwey's photographs showing The Philippine's brutal war on illegal drugs go >>
  • The New York Times' critics discuss the lasting power of August Wilson's plays go >>
  • James Hansen honored with the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Climate Change for his contributions to climate science go >>
  • Actors discuss being exposed to August Wilson's plays for The New York Times go >>
  • Nadine Burke Harris is one of The Huffington Post's "7 visionaries" for 2017 go >>
  • Sidney Drell, 11th Heinz Awards recipient for Public Policy and leading thinker on arms control, dies at 90 go >>
  • Dean Kamen to lead $294M effort to grow human organs on industrial scale go >>
  • Denzel Washington's film of August Wilson's "Fences" is reviewed by the New York Times go >>
  • Jane Lubchenco, as a 2016 Oregon History Maker medal recipient, is profiled by KGW in Portland go >>
  • U.S. Senate approves the ECHO Act to integrate Sanjeev Arora's Project ECHO across the country go >>
  • Civil rights leader Dorothy Height to be honored by the U.S. Post Office with a postage stamp go >>
  • Sanjeev Arora and Project ECHO are featured in the Harvard Business Review go >>
  • Robert Langer talks about his career as part of MIT's “Failures in Graduate School” series go >>
  • John Luther Adams' "Canticles of the Holy Wind" is reviewed by The New York Times go >>
  • Mark di Suvero's studio complex in Queens is profiled in the New York Times Style Magazine go >>
  • Richard Jackson discusses the built environment and the need to put people first on The Tavis Smiley show go >>
  • The Wall Street Journal talks to Roz Chast about living in Manhattan in her 20s go >>
  • The Guardian profiles the work of Robert Langer go >>
  • Wired writes about Dean Kamen speaking at the White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh go >>
  • Ann Hamilton's "habitus" is installed on Phildelphia's Pier 9 go >>
  • Nadine Burke Harris and her work is profiled by The Washington Post go >>
  • Joseph DeRisi interviewed by Chronicle of Higher Education about co-leading new Chan Zuckerberg Biohub go >>
  • Hugh Herr and his work are profiled by Strategy and Business magazine go >>
  • Matt Mullenweg is profiled by the Houston Chronicle go >>
  • Millie Dresselhaus and her career is profiled by Lehigh University go >>
  • Jacques d'Amboise profiled at 82 by The New York Observer go >>
  • Tom "Smitty" Smith to retire as director of the Texas office of Public Citizen go >>
  • Abraham Verghese receives 2015 National Humanities Medal go >>
  • Sangeeta Bhatia talks to Xconomy about role models and the need to invest in diversity go >>
  • Matt Mullenweg's company Automattic is profiled by Quartz magazine go >>
  • The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth acquires James Nachtwey's archives go >>
  • Cary Fowler discusses the Global Seed Vault on The Diane Rehm Show go >>
  • Cary Fowler talks to NPR about the Global Crop Diversity Trust's seed vault in Norway go >>
  • Rita Dove's poem "Testimonial" is evoked in a new mural in Charlottesville go >>
  • Chemical and Engineering News takes a look at the range of Robert Langer’s startups go >>
  • James Balog writes about the dangers of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in National Geographic go >>
  • Hugh Herr is profiled by ABC News' "Finding the Next" on his most recent work on exoskeletons go >>
  • Dave Eggers' new novel reviewed for The New York Times go >>
  • Janine Benyus to receive 2016 Feinstone Enviornmental Award go >>
  • Gretchen Daily's work at the Natural Capital Project is profiled in Smithsonian go >>
  • John Luther Adams creates soundscape for walk between the Metropolitan Museum of Art's two branches go >>
  • Rick Lowe joins the University of Houston's College of the Arts go >>
  • Kirk Smith interviewed about concerns regarding air pollution in Chile go >>
  • Sal Khan discusses the new in-house Khan lab school go >>
  • Science Friday revisits and updates a 1992 discussion that included Daniel Sperling on electric cars go >>
  • Freeman Hrabowski writes Op-Ed in The New York Times on how communities must support student success go >>
  • Frederica Perera argues that the benefits to children's health from a reduction in fossil fuel use are enormous go >>
  • Gretchen Daily reports on China's work on ecosystem assessment go >>
  • Richard Feely is interviewed by Refinery 29 on the impact of ocean acidification go >>
  • Sal Khan is interviewed by Business Insider about his work at Kahn Academy go >>
  • Ann Hamilton creates a 'loom performance' installation for China's Art Wuzhen Exhibition go >>
  • Roz Chast is interviewed on her work and New York City go >>
  • Robert Langer wins the 2016 European Inventor Award (In Non-European Countries) go >>
  • Roz Chast talks to The Wall Street Journal about growing up and where she lived go >>
  • Joseph DeRisi is elected to the National Academy of Sciences go >>

The Heinz Awards

1998

Amory Lovins

Amory Lovins receives the Heinz Award in the Environment for his extraordinary accomplishments in alerting the world to the enormous potential of energy efficiency and renewable energy resources.

Chosen several years ago by the editors of The Wall Street Journal as one of the people most likely to change the face of world industry, Mr. Lovins is an environmental visionary. He is already credited with having done more than any other single individual to redefine the thinking around energy policy and to link it with environment, development and security issues. He, his wife Hunter, and the team of researchers at the resource policy center they co-founded in Snowmass, Colorado delight in challenging conventional wisdom by demonstrating advanced resource productivity that avoids depletion and pollution, and still shows a profit.

He has done original work of high intellectual merit and has popularized his work far better than anyone else in the field, aggressively moving his ideas into widespread practice, chiefly via the private sector.

It was evident early on that Amory Lovins had the makings of a genius. At age 21, after studying at Harvard and Oxford University, he became Oxford's youngest junior faculty member in 400 years. While there, he intended to pursue an interest in the details of energy policy, two years before the oil embargo put those issues on the world's agenda. When the university protested, he left.

Almost immediately, he set about redefining the energy debate, which, at the time, focused entirely on how more energy could be produced to meet an ever-growing demand. Mr. Lovins turned that challenge on its head by suggesting a radically different focus, not on getting more energy of any kind from any source at any price, but on providing just the amount, type, scale and source of energy that would provide each desired service in the cheapest way. That suggestion was challenged by many energy experts and greeted with derision by industry. But Mr. Lovins, frequently using his opponents' statistics against them, calmly continued to argue his case and to meet with, debate and inform utility executives, other industry leaders and policy makers. Many of them turned from critics into clients. As a result of his work, new methods were developed to allow utilities to profit from energy efficiency, methods that have been implemented in many areas around the United States. Even more significantly, the powerful new idea - that properly structured, sustainable, least-cost energy and resource options can be beneficial both to the environment and to industry - was introduced.

In 1982, Mr. Lovins expanded his work by establishing with his wife the Rocky Mountain Institute, a research and educational foundation. Today, the pair, along with a staff of more than 40, blaze new trails investigating efficiency issues and proposing solutions that, while they may spring from Mr. Lovins' boundless creativity, are firmly rooted in reality. One such solution currently engaging Mr. Lovins is the design of a "hypercar," an ultra-lightweight, hybrid-electric vehicle, now moving rapidly toward the marketplace. Not only would these vehicles save fuel and prevent pollution, but Mr. Lovins argues that by accelerating the introduction of fuel cell-powered versions, hypercars used as plug-in mobile generators could quickly and profitably displace today's coal and nuclear power plants.

Mr. Lovins has briefed heads of state, written and co-authored dozens of books and hundreds of papers, and served as an advisor to scores of boards, businesses and institutions. He argues that the U.S. can operate on a fourth of the energy it now uses, while still providing the same or better services. This may seem far-fetched, but Mr. Lovins has been accused of taking off on flights of fancy before. Together, both he and time both have a remarkable way of proving his assertions correct.

Note: This profile is excerpted from the commemorative brochure published at the time of the awards' presentation.


UPDATES SINCE RECEIVING THE HEINZ AWARD

October 2011 - Amory Lovins, the chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute and the author of influential books like Winning the Oil Endgame and Natural Capitalism, releases his latest book, Reinventing Fire, proposing methods to run an economy that's 158 percent larger by 2050 without any coal, oil, nuclear energy, or new inventions (and one-third less natural gas). - GreenBiz.com

April 2009 - Amory Lovins is named a recipient of the 10th National Design Awards (Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum) in recognition for his work at the nexus of energy, resources, environment, development and security in more than 50 countries for 40 years, including 14 years based in England. - 10th National Design Awards

November 2007 - For his "outstanding achievements in the field of energy efficiency," Lovins receives the Volvo Environment Prize at a ceremony in Stockholm. The prize ($235,390 USD) is awarded by an independent foundation, and the selection committee is comprised of internationally recognized scientists and researchers in the fields of economics and environmental studies. - Volvo Environment Prize

November 2007 - Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford appoints Lovins to a newly-formed Transformation Advisory Council designed to help advance Ford's sustainability initiatives. - U.S. Newswire

July 2007 - Lovins wins the Blue Planet prize for "for his contributions to leading global energy strategy for protection of the global environment by efficient utilization of energy." Sponsored by Japan's Asahi Glass Foundation, the environmental prize is worth $407,000 (USD). - The Blue Planet Prize

March 2007 - Lovins relinquishes CEO post at the Rocky Mountain Institute in order to focus on thought leadership, strategic influence, and high-impact special initiatives. These initiatives include leading the implementation of RMI's Pentagon-cosponsored roadmap, Winning the Oil Endgame, for getting the U.S. completely off oil by the 2040s, led by business for profit. Lovins now serves as chairman and chief scientist. - Rocky Mountain Institute

August 2005 - Lovins gives a talk in Bar Harbor, Maine based on his latest book, Winning the Oil Endgame. The speech outlines Lovins' energy policy ideas and includes his ideas for "combining innovative technologies and new business models with uncommon public policies" in an effort to thwart a business led oil solution rather than one dictated by the government. - The Press Herald

June 2005 - Lovins releases his latest article, "Security Meltdown." The article severely questions and discredits "Washington's wisdom to promote new nuclear plants through federal subsidies," and insists that nuclear construction is not a practical or viable way to deal with increasing climate change. - Energy Washington Week

Amory Lovins
Amory Lovins