Batten Institute

Chris Lotspeich



Bio: Chris Lotspeich is Principal at Second Hill Group, an independent consulting and research practice. His main areas of professional interest and experience include business strategies and practices that are both profitable and protect the environment; energy issues, especially in the electricity sector; sustainable development; and international security, including the connections between environmental and security issues. Mr. Lotspeich is an advisory board member for the Sustainable Enterprise Initiative at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and for Enverity Corporation. He was a Senior Associate at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) in Snowmass, CO from 1994 to 2001, and for four years he was also Executive Assistant to co-CEO Amory Lovins. He has served as a wilderness emergency medical technician, firefighter, and hazardous materials technician on volunteer rescue services. He has been recycling coordinator for three Maine communities and a hazardous materials emergency response planner.

Mr. Lotspeich has been interviewed by the New York Times and CNN. He is the author of E source report DE-18 Liquid Electricity: Flow Batteries Expand Large-Scale Energy Storage Markets, and his work has been published in the Journal of International Affairs, Green@work, and Environmental Design and Construction.

He earned two master’s degrees from Yale, in public and private management from the School of Management and in environmental studies from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He earlier earned a B.A. in international politics from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, and participated in the politics exchange program with Warwick University in England.

Expertise: Innovation, Systems Analysis and Environmental Issues in Business 


Fellowship Focus: Chris Lotspeich’s Batten Fellowship involves collaboration with his Faculty Host, Andrea Larson, on the pioneering arena of sustainability, using systems thinking to develop business strategies that optimize both economic and environmental factors. Insights and best practices will be integrated from different disciplines (design, engineering, organizational behavior, finance, and economics) to synthesize a synergistic approach that will enable managers to implement their initiatives more effectively.

Mr. Lotspeich and Professor Larson’s work will result in an article, book chapter, cases, technical notes, presentations, and a module on resource efficiency and innovation for M.B.A. students. The article will combine economic, environmental, technical, and social considerations into a whole-systems perspective as an innovation and competitive advantage for firms. The book chapter will assemble state-of-the-art sustainability strategies for business practitioners. It will fill a gap in practical guidance on systems-oriented design, engineering, and management techniques, and on overcoming typical challenges to implementation.

The course module on resource efficiency and innovation will integrate strategy, technology, operations, organizational behavior, and systems thinking. It will focus on techniques for implementing economically and environmentally sustainable business strategies in decision-making processes involving multiple participants. Information and ideas gathered from practitioner field experience will be synthesized into a technical note to be used in support of a case and other module materials. The case will be a vehicle for discussion of the managerial challenges to implementing sustainability concepts and features into the multidisciplinary process of building design and construction. 

Contact Info

Appointment: 2002–2003

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