Rocky Mountain Institute

Founding Year: 1982

Staff: 190

Budget: $42.6m (2018)

Amory Lovins (Co-founder, Chairman Emeritus, Chief Scientist)

An independent nonprofit that encourages efficient and restorative use of resources. Aims to transform global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. They push for the global energy transition from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables by working in partnership with businesses, communities, institutions, and entrepreneurs to advance market-based solutions.

Guiding Principles:

  • Advanced resource productivity by using natural resources more efficiently
  • Whole-systems design based elegantly frugal solutions with multiple benefits
  • Positive action – “We don’t lobby, litigate, or harass those with whom we disagree”
  • Working with markets, not against them
  • End-use, least-cost approach
  • Biological insight on nature’s extraordinary design solutions
  • Corporate transformation an essential part of the solution
  • Pursuit of interconnection – The importance of a “vision across boundaries”




  • Reinventing Fire (2014, 352p.) – A book by Amory Lovins built on 30 years of research and work in the field that maps pathways for running a 158%-bigger U.S. economy in 2050 needing no oil, no coal, and no nuclear energy.
  • The Impact of Fossil Fuels in Buildings (2019) – Facts that “direct building emissions, showing where they come from and how they fit into the overall emissions picture in the US.”



Rocky Mountain Institute contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals

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