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 has been profiled or featured in hundreds of articles including the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Washington Post, Business Week, Esquire, and US News and World Report. His writings have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Resurgence, New Statesman, Inc, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Mother Jones, Utne Reader, Orion, and many other publications.
He authors articles, op-eds, and peer-reviewed papers, and has written seven books including four national bestsellers, The Next Economy (Ballantine 1983), Growing a Business (Simon and Schuster 1987), The Ecology of Commerce (HarperCollins 1993) and Blessed Unrest (Viking, 2007). 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 today. 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. The program, which explored the challenges and pitfalls of starting and operating socially responsive companies, was shown on television in 115 countries and watched by over 100 million people. He is currently writing Carbon, The Business of Life, to be published by Viking/Penguin. He was recently named one of the top three Pioneers of Sustainability along with Professors Peter Senge and Michael Porter.
Paul has founded several companies including some of the first natural food companies in the United States that relied solely on sustainable agricultural methods. He founded OneSun, an energy company focused on ultra low-cost solar based on green chemistry and biomimicry. Paul is the co-founder of Drawdown. No one, no organization has yet identified the one hundred most substantive solutions to climate change. Working with over two hundred scholars, students, universities, companies and non-profit organizations, it defines and describes one hundred rigorously researched, state-of-the-shelf technologies that reduce and sequester greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Drawdown, both the book and an interactive website, maps, measures and models the beneficial financial and atmospheric impact they deliver over the next thirty years and describes how to achieve drawdown—a year-to-year reduction in carbon in the atmosphere.