Paul Hawken, Environmentalist, Entrepreneur, Journalist, Author -- Lawrence University, Nov. 6

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Paul Hawken
Environmentalist, Entrepreneur, Journalist, Author
Tuesday, November 6, 2007, 11:10 a.m.
Lwrence University Chapel

Since the age of 20, Paul Hawken has dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. He has written extensively about the impact of commerce on living systems, served as a consultant to governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy, and has founded and run several ecological businesses.

Hawken has written seven books, which collectively have been published in more than 50 countries in 27 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies. Among them are *Growing a Business,* which became the basis of a 17-part PBS series that Hawken hosted and produced, and *The Ecology of Commerce, *which was voted the no. 1 college text on business and the environment in 1998 by professors in more than 60 business schools. His 1999 book, *Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution,*was hailed by President Bill Clinton as one of the five most important books in the world today. Hawken's latest book, *Blessed Unrest,* released in the spring of 2007, examines the history of the environmental and social justice movement in which he estimates as many as two million organizations worldwide have participated.

In addition to his writing, Hawken has founded and run numerous ecological businesses, including Smith & Hawken, the popular garden and catalog retailer, as well as several of the country's first natural food companies that relied solely on sustainable agricultural methods.

Hawken has served on the board of many environmental organizations, among them Friends of the Earth and the National Audubon Society, and been honored with numerous awards, including the Green Cross Millennium Award for Individual Environmental Leadership presented by Mikhail Gorbachev in 2003.

*Utne Reader* magazine named Hawken one of its "One Hundred Visionaries who could Change our Lives" in 1995.