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Earth Policy Institute

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In his inspirational new memoir, Breaking New Ground, Lester Brown traces life from a small farm to leadership as a global environmental analyst. Here is a selection of photos from his time at the ...

In his inspirational new memoir, Breaking New Ground, Lester Brown traces life from a small farm to leadership as a global environmental analyst. Here is a selection of photos from his time at the Earth Policy Institute, a major nonprofit environmental research organization he founded in 2001.



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    • EARTH POLICY INSTITUTE photos of Lester R. Brown
    • Moving in day, May 2001. Reah Janise Kauffman, Lester, Janet Larsen, Dianne Saenz, Millicent Johnson, and Shane Ratterman (note the lack of carpet).
    • Commencement speaker and recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Science, Westminster College, Pennsylvania, 2001
    • Receiving Honorary Doctor of Science from Ohio State University, 2001. Among the other honorees was Bill Cosby. Note that both he and Lester are wearing running shoes!
    • At the Summer Palace, Beijing 2002. Photo by Wei Lin
    • Wei Lin, son of Lin Zixin who for decades has published Lester’s books in China, with Lester in Lanzhou, 2002. Wei is a professor of civil engineering at North Dakota State University.
    • China 2003
    • December 2001 before Board members and staff dinner. Janet, Millicent, Lester, a nd Reah Janise – who became the foundation for the Institute.
    • Head of Ikari Corporation and sponsor of lectures in Tokyo, Masatsugu Kurosawa is next to Lester, 2002
    • In an unusual role, Lester hosted one part of a three-part television program, Voyage to the Future, for NHK, Japan, where a select group of international students traveled to various countries in the region and learned about the environment. This one-hour segment was filmed in December 2002.
    • Hadan and Reah Janise Kauffman, Lester, Bill Brown (standing, married to Janet), Bill Mansfield, and Viviana Jimenez at EPI’s Board Dinner, 2002
    • Post-talk, Tokyo, 2003. Junko Edahiro, who arranged the speaking event, is on Lester’s left.
    • Toshishige Kurosawa, head of Ikari Corporation, and longtime friend of Lester. Tokyo 2004
    • Inaugural ceremony of a permanent exhibit of Lester’s books at Martin Hall, Cook College of agriculture, Rutgers University, 2005. With Lester is Keith Cooper, Executive Dean of Research and Graduation Programs. Photo by Maureen Kuwano Hinkle.
    • The “Towers” living group, College of Agriculture campus, Rutgers University, 1953. Lester graduated from Rutgers in 1955.
    • Larry Suydam, longtime friend, razzes Lester at the ceremony. Photo by Maureen Kuwano Hinkle.
    • EPI board member, Scott McVay and his wife Hella flank Reah Janise at the reception following the ceremony. Photo by Maureen Kuwano Hinkle.
    • All dressed up to receive the Georg and Greta Borgström Prize given by the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry, Stockholm 2005
    • Brazil, 2006 With Eduardo Athayde in the mid Atlantic rainforest
    • Interview in the snow at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, 2006 Photo by Maureen Kuwano Hinkle
    • Interview with Turkish television at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, 2006 Photo by Maureen Kuwano Hinkle
    • Speaking at Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum, Sophia, 2006
    • Lester in his office. Photo by T. Hamada
    • Steve Curwood of NPR’s Living on Earth introducing Lester at the Cambridge Forum, Massachusetts, 2006
    • On CNBC’s Global Players television program being broadcast from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 2007 (photo by Maureen Kuwano Hinkle)
    • 2007 visit to Schwalm-Eder, Germany, on its way to becoming an environmentally sustainable community.
    • Launching the French edition of Plan B 2.0 in Paris, 2007. On the program with Nicolas Hulot.
    • NHK, Japanese television, team. Tokyo, 2007. Soki Oda is behind on Lester’s left.
    • Testifying before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on biofuels, 2007
    • Post-lecture in Lexington, Massachusetts, 2008. Susan Brown (red scarf) and Eileen Entin (next to Lester) of the Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition, which hosted the presentation. Second from l: Edward Markey, former Congressman, now senator
    • Talking with Branksome Hall students (grade 6) about the effect of overpopulation on the environment. Toronto 2008 L to r: Natalie Gaskin, Alexandra McVittie, and Hayley Miller
    • Speaking at the European Parliament, 2008
    • EPI 2008 team l to r: Jonathan Dorn, Frances Moore, Reah Janise, Lester, Millicent, Consuela Headrick, Matt, and Janet (photo by T. Hamada)
    • They’ve arrived! Unloading boxes of Plan B 3.0. Lester in truck, Jonathan Dorn and Janet Larsen Matt Roney and Jonathan
    • Presenting the Hindi edition of Plan B 3.0 to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India, 2008. Photo by Ranjit Barthakur and Samir Menon.
    • Speaking with the Mayor of Seoul, Oh See- hoon, at Seoul City Hall, June 2008
    • Speaking with the Prime Minister of South Korea, 2008, after presenting him with a copy of the Korean edition of Plan B 3.0.
    • Signing copies of the Korean edition of Plan B. 3.0. Yul Choi, head of Korea Green Foundation and recipient of the Goldman Prize is on Lester’s left.
    • Snack time
    • Walking with Tom Weis, at this time with enXco, a wind power company, on their way to Lester’s interview with Elephant Journal, 2008. Tom now heads Ride for Renewables.
    • Interview in Denver with Waylon Lewis of Elephant Journal, 2008
    • Marc Pachter discusses Lester’s life at Portrait of Invention: A Conversation with Lester Brown, Smithsonian Museum of American History, June 2009. photo by Hugh Talman
    • Caricature done when Lester appeared on the television program Roda Viva in Brazil, 2009
    • Millicent helping Lester as he autographs copies of Plan B 4.0.
    • Signing books at Barnes and Noble, Bethesda, MD, 2009 Photo by Maureen Kuwano Hinkle
    • Dining in Italy (and being interviewed), 2010
    • Tokyo, 2010
    • Somehow Janet managed to get Lester on the Tokyo subway, 2010
    • Janet, Lester, Soki Oda (Japanese publisher), and interpreter, Tokyo, 2010
    • Junko Edahiro interviewing Lester in Tokyo, 2010
    • Speaking in Shanghai, 2010
    • Interview in Shanghai, 2010
    • Lester in Beijing with Chinese edition of Plan B 4.0. Lin Zixin, head of the translation team, is on his right in the grey jacket.
    • Fiona Liu (reporter), Seth Cook (WWF), Lester and Janet in Beijing, June 2010, launching Chinese edition of Plan B 4.0. WWF was one of the sponsors of the publication.
    • Bookworm Bookstore presentation, Beijing, June 2010. Always a favorite place to speak.
    • Receiving the Hero Award from the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, Denver 2010. Lester, David Orr and John Powers
    • Lester had the lead article, “The New Geopolitics of Food”, in the May/June 2011 issue of Foreign Policy.
    • Choson TV interview, Gwangju, South Korea, 2011. photo by Maureen Kuwano Hinkle
    • Lester, Matt, Millicent, and Kristina Taylor (front), 2011
    • Lester talking with Judy Gradwohl (EPI’s board chair) and Bill Mansfield (board member) at EPI’s 10-year anniversary dinner, 2011. Alice Day is on the left.
    • Lincoln and Alice Day talking with Lester at EPI’s 10-year anniversary dinner, 2011
    • Hadan Kauffman and Lester at EPI’s 10-year anniversary dinner, 2011.
    • GFN radio interview, Gwangju, S. Korea, 2011. photo by Maureen Kuwano Hinkle
    • Speaking at the World Bank, November 2001
    • Lester being inducted into the University of Maryland Alumni Hall of Fame, 2011
    • Blondeen and John Gravely, Maureen and Lester, Bob and Marion Spence at the reception for the University of Maryland Hall of Fame, 2011. Blondeen had worked with Lester at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Overseas Development Council, and Worldwatch Institute.
    • Kyoto, Japan, 2012. Induction into the Kyoto Earth Hall of Fame
    • Yep, we like to eat together. Around the table starting on the left: Julianne Simpson, Haley Moller, Emily Adams, Reah Janise, Matt, Lester, Janet, and
    • Ron Abler, President of the International Geographical Union, presenting Lester with the Planet and Humanity Award, 2012
    • EPI staff. Back row l to r: Millicent Johnson, Emily Adams, Matt Roney, Lester. Front row: Reah Janise Kauffman, Julianne Simpson, Janet Larsen
    • EPI at the Green Inaugural Ball, 2013. l to r: Emily & Steve, Janet & Bill, Lester & Maureen, Matt & Sarah, Julianne & her sister Laura (back row), Reah Janise & Hadan
    • Lester speaking at Oxford University, June 2013
    • Lester with Viviana Jimenez, former colleague, graduate of Oxford University, who also arranged for Lester to speak at Oxford twice.
    • Lester with Ted Turner and Sally Ranney at AREDAY Summit, Aspen, Colorado, August 2013. Photo by Maureen Kuwano
    • Teamwork: Unloading 125 cartons of Breaking New Ground
    • Lester holding a copy of Breaking New Ground fresh off the truck, telling the story behind an award he received from President Lyndon Johnson.
    • Showing off after a successful transfer of 125 cartons of Breaking New Ground from the truck to the office. Savina Venkova (intern), Matt, Julianne, Lester, Reah Janise, and Emily. Emily’s husband Steve, who also helped on his day off, took the photo.
    • Available at www.earthpolicy.org/books/bng Or call 202-496-9290 Order from Earth Policy Institute, the independent environmental research organization headed by Lester Brown. ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY