Mr Hayes is President of the Bullitt Foundation, a US$100 million environmental philanthropy located in Seattle. He is also the immediate past chair of the Energy Foundation - a joint project of the Hewlett, Packard, MacArthur, McKnight and
Mertz-Gilmore Foundations to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in the US and China. In 1970, Mr Hayes was National Coordinator of the first Earth Day and he still chairs the board of the Earth Day Network. He was head of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory during the Carter administration and from 1983 to 1988 was an adjunct professor of energy engineering at Stanford University. In 1979, Mr Hayes received the national Jefferson Medal for Greatest Public Service by an individual under 35. In 1985, he was given the John Muir Award by the Sierra Club. He has also received the highest honors awarded by the National Wildlife Federation, the Natural Resources Council of America, the Humane Society of the US, and the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility. Time Magazine selected Mr Hayes as one of its 'Heroes of the Planet', and the National Audubon Society included him in its list of the 100 Environmental Heroes of the 20th Century. He has been profiled as 'Newsmaker of the Week' by ABC News and as 'Today's Person in the News' by The New York Times.
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Do we really want the one thing that gives us its resources unconditionally to suffer even more than it is suffering now? Nature, is a part of our being from the earliest human days. We respect Nature and it gives us its bounty, but in the recent past greedy money hungry corporations have made us all so destructive, so wasteful.