We recently learned of the death of Caroline Robinson, an early innovator and longtime supporter of RMI along with her husband, Nelson “Buck” Robinson. Caroline passed away in June 2010; Buck died in 2003. Buck’s special interests were renewable energy, hydrogen power and organic agriculture. Among other enterprises, he founded a company focused on selling solar panels and other alternative-fuel equipment, including wind turbines, wood stoves and multi-fuel boilers. Caroline, a graphic designer of educational materials, was active in the environmental movement.
Buck was the volunteer executive producer of the 1981 documentary Lovins on the Soft Path, which explored Amory Lovins’ concept of a soft energy path involving energy conservation and the appropriate use of renewable energy. The film, which comes with a study guide, won blue ribbons at four major film festivals, including the American Film Festival.
In 1993, Buck and Caroline founded Berry Hill Farm in Stratham, N.H., a certified organic farm specializing in berries. Berry Hill is a New Hampshire Farm of Distinction. A farmer and conservationist, Caroline was dedicated to sustainable agriculture, farmland preservation and helping young farmers. She was a leader in energy conservation and alternative energy development in agriculture, and wrote a farmer’s guide on the topic.
Caroline lived by the motto “Leave the world a better place than when you got there.” We live in a more sustainable, just world due to the Robinsons’ efforts. They will be missed.