AMORY LOVINS TO EXPLORE SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES AND
GREEN BUILDINGS AT HERBST THEATRE IN SAN FRANCISCO
Lovins' Rocky Mountain Institute to Work with California
Academy of Sciences to Develop Green Building for
New California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - As part of the California Academy of Sciences' 2003
series at the Herbst Theatre, co-founder and CEO of Rocky Mountain Institute
Amory Lovins will appear in conversation with San Francisco Chronicle
science writer, Keay Davidson on Wednesday, March 19th at 8 pm. Lovins
and Davidson will explore the topic of sustainable communities, with specific
attention paid to green buildings and the economic, social, and environmental
benefits to the community in which theyare built.
The Academy has secured the consulting services of Rocky Mountain Institute
to develop sustainable design and operational strategies for the rebuilding
of its facility and exhibits in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Designed
by Pritzker Prize winning architect Renzo Piano, the future Academy is
designed to be an integral part of the community it serves and will blend
with the natural environment of the park. The principles for the design,
construction, operation and maintenance of a sustainable building are
drawn from the Academy's mission to protect and understand the natural
world. As one of ten pilot projects in San Francisco's "Green Building
Program"of the Departmet of the Environment, the new Academy will
incorporate a wide range of sustainable design concepts.
Amory Lovins is a world-renowned physicist, energy expert, speaker and
co-author of Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution.
In 1982, he co-founded Rocky Mountain Institute, an applied research center
focusing on resource efficiency to make the world secure, prosperous and
life-sustaining. Mr. Lovins, a Macarthur Fellow and consultant physicist,
has advised and been active in energy, resource, environmental and security
policy worldwide for 30 years, including work for the U.S. Department
of Energy and Defense.
According to Newsweek magazine, Amory Lovins is "one of the Western
World's most influential energy thinkers". Time magazine designated
him a "Hero for the Planet" in 2000.
About the Academy
Since 1853, the California Academy of Sciences has been dedicated
to exploring, explaining, and protecting the natural world. The Academy
is the oldest scientific institution in the West, founded after the California
gold rush to survey the vast resources of California and beyond. Today
it has grown to be one of the largest natural history museums in the country,
and is the only one in the nation to include both an aquarium and planetarium.
The Academy of Sciences provides scientific knowledge and expertise to
visiting scientists, educators, adults, students, parents, children, conservation
organizations, government leaders, and the media.
The Academy has a research staff of 30 Ph.D.-level scientists - supported
by more than 100 Research and Field Associates and over 300 Fellows -
who launch dozens of expeditions each year to explore the natural world
and discover more about our planet. It has eight scientific research departments
in the fields of anthropology, aquatic biology, botany, entomology, geology,
herpetology, ichthyology, invertebrate zoology, mammalogy and ornithology.
Its research collections, which are among the worlds largest, are of international
renown and include more than 16 million examples of plants, animals, fossils
and artifacts essential tools for comparative studies on the history and
future of the natural world.
Tickets for the lecture are $18 each. To purchase tickets contact City
Box Office, 180 Redwood, Suite 100, San Francisco, CA 94102 or, call (415)