Amory Lovins a Planet Defender |

Amory Lovins a Planet Defender

DENVER – What do Rocky Mountain Institute co-founder Amory Lovins and county-music star Willie Nelson have in common? They’re both winners of the 2012 Planet Defender Award, presented by environmental organization Rock the Earth.

Also a recipient this year is water-quality activist Lynn Henning.

Rock the Earth, a nonprofit environmental group that partners with the music industry, gives the annual awards to committed environmentalists who embody the organization’s mission of “defending the planet one beat at a time.”

Lovins, co-founder, chairman and chief scientist at the Rocky Mountain Institute, headquartered in Old Snowmass, is widely considered a leading authority on efficient use of energy and tapping sustainable energy supplies. He won the Planet Defender Award in the community leader category.

Nelson is this year’s winner in the artist category for his longtime work to benefit farmers, dating back to the establishment of Farm Aid in 1985, and his involvement in sustainable biodiesel.

Henning, of Michigan, earned recognition in the grassroots activist category for her commitment to water quality and fighting pollution generated by concentrated animal-feeding facilities.

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