Rocky Mountain Institute

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The Rocky Mountain Institute is a Colorado-based green think-tank and consultancy founded in 1982 by L. Hunter Lovins and Amory B. Lovins. The group was based on the Windstar Foundation's land until 2013. [1]

RMI started out as one of the pioneering advocates for 'soft' energy paths and the potential of energy efficiency as alternatives to reliance on ever expanding generation capacity whether of nuclear, thermal or hydro power stations. Subsequently RMI has evolved to promote market-based approaches to materials and resources efficiency.

Some of its recent major projects and publications include:


RMI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which now has approximately 40 staff and an annual budget of nearly $6 million.


Accessed April 2014: [1]

Directors (2008)

Accessed August 2008: [2]

Emeritus Board Members

Special Advisors

  • Peter Bradford - Chair of the New York PSC and Maine PUC.
  • Jason Clay - Senior Fellow, Social Science and Economics Program, World Wildlife Fund, and Coordinator, Systems Group on Forests.
  • The Very Reverend James Parks Morton - Director of the Interfaith Center and Dean of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
  • Robert Nagourney - Founder, Rational Therapeutics Cancer Evaluation Center.
  • James Newcomb - CEO of E-SOURCE.
  • Peter Schwartz - President of Global Business Network.
  • Bardyl Tirana - President of the China/USA Educational Fund, former Director of the Defense Civil Preparedness Agency.

Contact details

1739 Snowmass Creek Road
Snowmass, CO 81654-9199
Phone: Ph: 970.927.3851

RMI also hosts a series of other websites for its key projects including:

  • Winning the Oil Endgame (
  • Natural Capitalism (
  • National Energy Policy Initiative (
  • Small Is Profitable (
  • The Community Energy Opportunity Finder (

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. Rocky Mountain Institute Board, organizational web page, accessed April 17, 2014.
  2. Board of Trustees, Rocky Mountain Institute, accessed August 29, 2008.

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