Rachel Carson Award
The Rachel Carson Award (not to be confused with the Rachel Carson Prize) is a premier award which honors distinguished female leaders impacting the environmental world 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. ” Honorees are drawn from diverse backgrounds, including the worlds of journalism, academics, business, science, entertainment, philanthropy and law.
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.
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. 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:
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
Marian Heiskell Conservationist and Philanthropist 
Lady Bird Johnson First Lady and Environmental Pioneer
Sally Bingham President, The Regeneration Project/Interfaith Power & Light
L. Hunter Lovins President, Natural Capitalism Solutions
Sigourney Weaver Actress and Environmental Activist
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
Dr. Sylvia Earle National Geographic Explorer in Residence; Founder, Deep Search Foundation
Elizabeth Cushman Titus Putnam Founding President, Student Conservation Association
NBC Universal’s Green is Universal Initiative Elizabeth Colleton, Jane Evans and Susan Haspel
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
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
Kathleen Bader Former President and CEO of NatureWorks LLC
Margie Ruddick Environmental Designer, Founder of Margie Ruddick Landscape
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
Jayni Chase Environmental Activist and Philanthropist
Lynn Chase Wildlife Artist, Philanthropist
Peggy M. Shepard Executive Director, West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc.
Alice Waters Chef, Author, Restaurateur
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