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Amory B. Lovins speaks at Appalachian July 17

BOONE—The public is invited to attend Amory B. Lovins’ talk, “Imagine a University,” at 7 p.m. July 17 in Holmes Convocation Center at Appalachian State University. Admission is free. Parking will be available in campus lots.

Lovins, chairman and chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), will be on campus for the second Appalachian Energy Summit and convening of the University of North Carolina Energy Leadership Challenge July 17-19.

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Following his talk, Lovins will be joined by UNC President Tom Ross to continue the conversation regarding energy efficient and sustainable campuses. The July 17 talk also will include remarks by Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock.

Lovins is author of “Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era,” RMI’s vision of a 2050 U.S. economy powered by efficient and renewable energies. During last year’s energy summit at Appalachian, Lovins challenged university leaders to “imagine a university” that developed and followed a sustainable campus energy plan.

According to RMI’s website, Lovins and others imagine a university:

  • Where campuses are used as part of the education curriculum, and smart, climate-responsive buildings teach students about integrative design and new technologies
  • Where facilities managers are seen not as overhead to be minimized but as profit centers to be maximized
  • Where energy courses as part of the general education requirements
  • Where participates purchase power agreements with energy developers and are able to negotiate with utilities
  • Where aggressive metering and measuring are part of each building on campus
  • Where students and staff are rewarded for not having cars on campus
  • Where land use and transportation planning is coordinated with local municipalities
  • Where students are trained to be the nation’s next energy leaders

During the leadership summit, university chancellors, provosts, chief financial officers and others will continue their focus on ways to make their campuses more energy efficient. They will also share their best practices and successes during the past year.

Lovins is among several renewable energy and sustainability experts who will work with the campus representatives as they work toward reducing their campus’s energy consumption and expenditures and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

Lovins and his wife cofounded the Rocky Mountain Institute (, an independent, entrepreneurial, nonprofit think-and-do tank, in 1982.