National Coordinator of the first Earth Day, Hayes has been at the core of the modern environmental movement since its launch. As a foundation president, attorney, lobbyist, Stanford professor, grassroots organizer, and the youngest director of a national laboratory in the nation's history, he has spent much of his life fighting for a healthier world.
Selected by Time magazine as one of its 100 "Heroes for the Planet," Denis Hayes has been awarded the highest awards offered by the Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Council of America, American Solar Energy Society, and the Humane Society of the United States.
Most recently, in his role as President of the Bullitt Foundation, he initiated and led a project to design and build the Bullitt Center – a path-breaking innovative structure that many are calling “the greenest commercial building in the world.”
Hayes is the author of three books. His most recent, Cowed: The Hidden Impact of 93 Million Cows on America’s Health, Economy, Politics, Culture, and Environment, shows how raising and eating cattle has depleted America’s largest aquifer, created health problems, and drastically increased methane discharges (a very powerful greenhouse gas). Cowed explains why eating one pound of beef produces a greater carbon footprint than burning a gallon of gas.
He speaks about the major environmental challenges and opportunities confronting us – global warming, expanding renewable energy, green building, sustainable food, protecting our oceans and natural resources – and about the roles we can all play in ensuring that our kids will have a sustainable future.
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