Robert A. Hefner III began The Hefner Collection in 1985. Today, the internationally recognized collection of Chinese contemporary and modern oil paintings is the single most important private collection representing art of the Post-Cultural Revolution period. The website, first launched in November 2001, was reorganized in September 2006 to focus exclusively on the activities of The Hefner Collection and Robert and MeiLi Hefner as collectors and philanthropists.
Robert A. Hefner III's hard covered book The Grand Energy Transition: The Rise of Energy Gases, Sustainable LIfe and Growth, and the Next Great Economic Expansion was published by Wiley & Sons in September 2009; the book describes civilization's ongoing energy transition into The Age of Energy Gases and offers policy recommendations to accelerate the process. Hefner calls this transition from inefficient and polluting 19th and 20th century solid and liquid fuels to clean, highly efficient 21st century gaseous fuels the Grand Energy Transition and considers the GET to be a one-time evolutionary step for humankind from unsustainable to sustainable life and growth on Earth. A documentary DVD -- The Grand Energy Transition -- was released in April 2012. The documentary was produced by Academy Award winning producer Gray Frederickson and directed by Emmy award winning director/writer Greg Mellott.
Robert A. Hefner III is a Founding Director and President of the Bradshaw Foundation, which researches, documents and publishes the results of the global migration of hominids and their art in pre-history, supports others with similar objectives, and advances the efforts of those around the world working to explore, understand, protect and preserve the cultural legacy of mankind.
The American Clean Skies Foundation, founded in 2007, was formed to provide the facts on clean energy – especially natural gas, wind and solar – and to discuss new ideas and create a national forum and platform for a debate about energy and the environment.
The Center for a New American Security (CNAS), established in 2007, helps develop American national security and defense policies, engaging policymakers, experts and the public with research, ideas and analysis for the national security debate.
The Independent Petroleum Association of America is dedicated to ensuring a strong, viable domestic oil and natural gas industry, recognizing that an adequate and secure supply of energy is essential to the national economy.
The Center for American Progress, chaired by John D. Podesta, is a think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas for a strong, just and free America.
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is the world’s largest private, nonprofit ocean research, engineering and education organization.