Enjoying a great cup of coffee in Detroit.

Amy Larkin, founder of Nature Means Business and Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Climate Change, is one of the first to make the direct connections between our global environmental and financial crises—both causes and solutions.  An award-winning entrepreneur, producer, and environmental activist, Amy has launched cultural institutions, co-founded one of the first affinity marketing businesses, and worked with Greenpeace for 30 years as a volunteer, board member, advisor, and (from 2005 to early 2012) as Director of Greenpeace Solutions.

She currently co-leads Energy Shift, a collaborative effort that crosses industrial and scientific sectors, the partisan aisle, and environmental NGOs to help create the transition to the low-carbon economy. Amy is a regular contributor to The Guardian’s Sustainable Business Section, where her piece on Western consumerism and China’s pollution was a 2013 Top 5 Social Impact Story.

Amy’s skills lie in two main areas: identifying the (often hidden) levers for transformational change; and communicating/framing strategic initiatives in ways that advance a company’s larger goals — both internally and externally.

In 2010, Greenpeace Solutions worked with the Consumer Goods Forum, a consortium of 400 companies with $3 trillion in revenue, to eliminate HFCs from all new equipment starting in 2015. This industry transformation will eliminate 1-2 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions over the next 30 years. This work won the prestigious 2011 Roy Award from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government for public/private partnerships that protect natural resources.

Through her consulting business, Amy has worked with the OECD, the Agricultural Sustainability Institute of UC/Davis, the Consumer Goods Forum, and Greenpeace International, and is a strategic partner at Resolve. She has forged partnerships between disparate groups across the globe, helping traditionally opposing interests work together toward lasting, positive change. She works to inform and empower citizens, corporations, and policy-makers to take bold steps toward long-term financial and ecological resilience.

Amy currently serves as the Chair of the Advisory Board of BiomimicryNYC and is also the Chair of the Board of the ARChive of Contemporary Music, the largest collection of contemporary music in the world.  She is the author of Environmental Debt: The Hidden Costs of a Changing Global Economy.  In the book, Larkin connects the environmental and financial crises — both causes and solutions.  Amy has appeared on numerous media platforms including Bloomberg Radio, the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, Stand Up! with Pete Dominick, and the Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC (NYC’s NPR Affiliate), as well a dozen long-form NPR interviews. She has given keynote addresses at AtGoogleTalks, the Student Climate and Conservation Congress, the Consumer Goods Forum, CannonDesign, the Social Venture Network, the New York Public Library, and numerous other universities, conferences, and private businesses.