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Paul Hawken

Founder, Author, Researcher, Editor

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, and author. His work includes starting ecological businesses, writing about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with heads of state and CEOs on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. He has appeared on numerous media including the Today Show, Larry King, Talk of the Nation, Charlie Rose, and Bill Maher, and has been profiled in the  Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Washington Post, Business Week, Esquire, and US New and World Report. His writings have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Resurgence, New Statesman, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Mother Jones, Orion, and many others. 

He authors articles, op-eds, and peer-reviewed papers, and has written eight books including five national bestsellers,The Next Economy (Ballantine 1983), Growing a Business (Simon and Schuster 1987), The Ecology of Commerce (HarperCollins 1993), Blessed Unrest (Viking, 2007), and Drawdown (Penguin, 2017). The Ecology of Commerce was voted in 2013 as the #1 college text on business and the environment by professors in 67 business schools. Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution (Little Brown, September 1999), co-authored with Amory Lovins, has been read and referred to by several heads of state including President Bill Clinton who called it one of the five most important books in the world. His books have been published in over 50 countries in 30 languages. Growing a Business became the basis of a 17-part PBS series, which Mr. Hawken hosted and produced. He was recently named one of the top three Pioneers of Sustainability along with Professors Peter Senge and Michael Porter. 

Paul founded Erewhon, one of the first natural food companies in the U.S. that relied solely on sustainable agricultural methods, Energy Everywhere, Inc, an energy company focused on ultra low-cost solar based on green chemistry and biomimicry, and he is the founder of Project Drawdown, which works with over two hundred scholars, students, scientists, researchers, advisors, and activists to map, measure, and model the one hundred most substantive solutions that can cumulatively reverse global warming by reducing and sequestering greenhouse gases. 

He lives in Mill Valley, California in the Cascade Creek watershed with his wife surrounded by coyotes, bobcats, red-tail hawks, and flocks of nuthatches. 

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