Rocky Mountain Institute

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Rocky Mountain Institute is an independent, entrepreneurial nonprofit organization. Headquartered in Snowmass, CO, RMI was cofounded in 1982 by Amory Lovins, a physicist. Its work is independent, nonadversarial, and transideological, with a strong emphasis on market-based solutions.


To foster the efficient and restorative use of resources to make the world secure, just, prosperous, and life-sustaining.


The Institute focuses its work in several main areas – business practices, climate, community economic development, energy, real-estate development, security, transportation, and water – and carries on international outreach and technical-exchange programs. Our staff show corporations, communities, individuals, and governments how to create more wealth and employment, protect and enhance natural and human capital, increase profit and competitive advantage, and enjoy many other benefits – largely by doing what they do more efficiently.


Helped establish the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) system for rating green building design. Introduced the Hypercar concept worldwide to automakers, potential market entrants, policymakers, and the public. Advised Native American leaders on prudent development of their tribes’ vast renewable energy resources. Updated RMI’s popular “Home Energy Briefs." Published a guide for profitable climate protection for business leaders. Supported Walmart’s setting ambitious goals including doubled truck efficiency, 30% more efficient buildings, and 100% renewable energy. Published the first oil solution—Winning the Oil Endgame, a coherent strategy for ending U.S. oil dependence, led by business for profit.


United States


2317 Snowmass Creek Road
Snowmass, CO 81654-9199
Phone: (970) 927-3851
EIN: 74-2244146


Save Energy

Dialogue with utilities

Rocky Mountain Institute

Regular price $30.00

Your gift will help RMI convince utilities of its view that investments in energy efficiency, combined with a distributed power system that places smaller, modular electrical resources across the grid close to the loads they serve, will lower electrical bills, lower emissions, and provide secure, reliable power that would be impossible to disrupt by design or accident. While the policy debates will occur in Washington,...

Replace Gasoline

Biofuel investment

Rocky Mountain Institute

Regular price $90.00

Your gift will help RMI convince investors that cellulosic technologies are possible. We will work to convince the fuels industry how and why they can make money adopting these new technologies and concomitant business models. RMI has the capabilities to develop these compelling business cases. Once the business and regulatory strategies have been defined, RMI’s role will be to help bring this message to investors...

Enhance Education

One internship

Rocky Mountain Institute

Regular price $60.00

Your gift will help develop a new generation of leaders. An internship at RMI deepens the education of a young person who is committed to stewarding the earth and its resources. Competition for these positions is intense, drawing applicants who excel at systems thinking that draws on multiple disciplines to solve complex problems. Candidates have broad interest in environmental and resource policy issues, and have...

Find Solutions

Biomimicry research

Rocky Mountain Institute

Regular price $50.00

$50 will cover one hour of time for an IT person working to improve the search capability of the biomimicry database. Already paint has been developed that mimics the surface of the lotus leaf. And universities and companies are hard at work trying to mimic the Van der Waals forces nature has perfected for the gecko so more natural adhesives can be available. RMI is...

Research Solutions

Efficiency research

Rocky Mountain Institute

Regular price $20.00

$20 will cover research time for answering questions coming from visitors to RMI’s website about how to improve energy efficiency of homes.

Get Off Oil

One hour briefing

Rocky Mountain Institute

Regular price $100.00

Your gift will help the U.S. end its addiction to oil through a one-hour briefing for senior military staff about ways to improve efficiency of its heavy vehicles. The broad outlines of a national path beyond oil are strikingly simple: redouble the efficiency of using oil; save half of natural gas at an eighth of today’s market price, and then substitute it for nearly a...

Educate Developers

Green building video

Rocky Mountain Institute

Regular price $80.00

Your gift will fund two hours of research for a movie about green building. As there are a growing number of successful green building projects with sufficient occupancy experience to provide real facts and figures on operating cost savings, occupancy health and productivity, and overall building value, now is the time to succinctly and powerfully communicate the business case for green building. RMI/ENSAR Built Environment...