Paul Hawken to Speak at School of Forestry & Environmental Studies' 100th Commencement

Paul Hawken, an environmentalist, educator, entrepreneur, and best-selling author, will speak at the 100th commencement exercises of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) May 21.

F&ES commencement exercises will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Marsh Hall on 360 Prospect Street. The school will confer 126 master’s degrees in environmental management, environmental studies, environmental science, forestry and forest science, and 10 doctoral degrees in forestry and environmental studies and in philosophy.

In addition to the main address, Michael Montag of Minnetonka, Minn., and Matthew Clark of Portland, Oregon, were chosen by classmates to address the graduating class. Both will receive master’s degrees in environmental management.

Hawken is an architect and proponent of corporate reform with respect to ecological practices. He is author of many articles and papers, and six books including “The Next Economy” (Ballantine 1983), “Growing a Business” (Simon and Schuster 1987), “The Ecology of Commerce” (HarperCollins 1993), and “Natural Capitalism:Creating the Next Industrial Revolution” (Little Brown 1999) with Amory and Hunter Lovins. “The Ecology of Commerce” was voted in 1998 as the top college text on business and the environment by professors in 67 business schools.

His books have been published in over 50 countries in 27 languages and have sold over three million copies. “Growing a Business” became the basis of a 17-part PBS series, which Hawken hosted and produced. The program, which explored the challenges and pitfalls of starting and operating socially responsible companies, was shown on television in 115 countries around the world and viewed by more than 100 million people.

He has served on the boards of many environmental organizations including Point Foundation (publisher of the “Whole Earth Catalogs”), Center for Plant Conservation, Conservation International, Trust for Public Land, Friends of the Earth, and National Audubon Society. In addition, he has founded several companies, including Metacode, a content management software company; Groxis, a knowledge mapping and interface provider; Smith & Hawken, the garden and catalog retailer, and several of the first natural food companies in the U.S that relied solely on sustainable agricultural methods.