Rachel Carson Award

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The Rachel Carson Award is a premier award which honors distinguished female leaders impacting the environmental world.[1][2][3] It is awarded each spring by National Audubon Society’s Women in Conservation to recognize “women whose immense talent, expertise, and energy greatly advance conservation and the environmental movement locally and globally.[4] ” Honorees are drawn from diverse backgrounds, including the worlds of journalism, academics, business, science, entertainment, philanthropy and law.[5]

The award is presented to honorees each May at the Rachel Carson Award Luncheon. The Luncheon, which is held annually at New York City’s Plaza Hotel. Proceeds from the Luncheon support Audubon's Long Island Sound Campaign. (With more than 28 million people living within 50 miles of its shores, the Sound is home to 10 percent of the U.S. population. Unfortunately, it has undergone unprecedented pollution, habitat loss, and ecosystem disruption. The crisis in this significant estuary has led to a campaign of national importance.) Additionally, Audubon's Women in Conservation Program, in conjunction with Audubon's Rachel Carson Awards Council, supports a website connecting women of all ages to extraordinary leaders in the environmental movement and to the great environmental issues of our time. In its mission to support environmental opportunities for girls and young women, Audubon's Women in Conservation also supports a prominent internship program and hosts an educational school panel in which past Rachel Carson Award honorees speak at a local all-girls school.[6]

The award is named in honor of Rachel Carson, a monumental figure of the 20th century and the undisputed founder of the modern environmental movement.[7] Each year the Rachel Carson Award is created by Tiffany & Company. The Rachel Carson Awards Council was founded by Allison Whipple Rockefeller in 2004.

Rachel Carson Award Honorees include:

2015 Honorees

Warrie Price President and Founder of the Battery Park Conservancy

Flo Stone President and Founder of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

2014 Honorees

Ellen Futter President of the American Museum of Natural History

Kaiulani Lee Playwright and Performer of “A Sense of Wonder”

Nell Newman Co-Founder and President of Newman’s Own Organics

2013 Honorees

Marian Heiskell Conservationist and Philanthropist [8]

Lady Bird Johnson First Lady and Environmental Pioneer

2012 Honorees

Sally Bingham President, The Regeneration Project/Interfaith Power & Light[9]

L. Hunter Lovins President, Natural Capitalism Solutions

Janette Sadik-Khan Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation[10]

2011 Honorees

Maya Lin Artist, Architect, and Environmentalist[11]

Sigourney Weaver Actress and Environmental Activist

2010 Honorees

Suzanne Lewis Superintendent, Yellowstone National Park

Isabella Rossellini Actress, Director, Writer & Environmental Activist

Dr. Beth Stevens Senior Vice President Environmental Affairs, Disney World Wide Services

The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Fernanda M. Kellogg, President

2009 Honorees

Dr. Sylvia Earle National Geographic Explorer in Residence; Founder, Deep Search Foundation

Sally Jewell Secretary of the Interior[12][13]

Elizabeth Cushman Titus Putnam Founding President, Student Conservation Association

NBC Universal’s Green is Universal Initiative Elizabeth Colleton, Jane Evans and Susan Haspel

2008 Honorees

Jean Clark, Norma Dana, Marguerite Purnell, Phyllis Cerf Wagner, and Elizabeth Barlow Rogers Central Park Conservancy

Teresa Heinz Kerry Philanthropist

Bette Midler Founder, New York Restoration Project

2007 Honorees

Frances Beinecke President of the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)[14]

Majora Carter Founder and Executive Director of Sustainable South Bronx

Laurie David Global Warming Activist/Producer/Author

Deirdre Imus Founder and President of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology

2006 Honorees

Kathleen Bader Former President and CEO of NatureWorks LLC

Margie Ruddick Environmental Designer, Founder of Margie Ruddick Landscape

2005 Honorees

Kay Kelley Arnold Vice President of Public Affairs, Entergy Corporation

Bernadette Castro Former Commissioner, New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Mae Jemison Founder, BioSentient Corporation

Margaret Wittenberg Whole Foods Market Vice President of Global Communications and Quality Standards

2004 Honorees

Jayni Chase Environmental Activist and Philanthropist

Lynn Chase Wildlife Artist, Philanthropist

Maria Rodale Chairman, Rodale Publishing[15]

Peggy M. Shepard Executive Director, West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc.

Alice Waters Chef, Author, Restaurateur


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