Allison Whipple Rockefeller
Much of Rockefeller's work has focused on parks and open space across the national, regional and community level; community and main street revitalization; supporting girls and women working in the environment, and by recognizing excellence in women’s environmental leadership.
Rockefeller has served as the first alumna Board Chair of the Student Conservation Association; she has served as a Commission Member for the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation under four governors; and she is a longtime Board Member of the Central Park Conservancy’s Women Committee. She is Founder of the National Audubon Society's Women In Conservation program, Founder of the program's Rachel Carson Awards Council, and Founding Chair of the Rachel Carson Award.
Rockefeller also is the Founder of Cornerstone Parks, the Pumps-to-Parks Initiative designed to create a network of small parks and community centers from the more than 150,000 abandoned gas stations in towns across the United States.
Rockefeller's most recent work includes an effort to add information about citizen ownership of our national parks and public lands to the U.S. citizenship exam, introducing new immigrants to American environmental stewardship; and co-authoring Ten Principles on Conservation, a campaign aimed at reducing severe public partisanship over the environment by emphasizing common values. She is also working on the Human Rights Symbols Campaign, an awareness campaign aimed at educating mainstream American citizens about the top ten global human rights issues. The Human Rights Handbook and its ten Human Rights Symbols are intended to engage and mobilize young people to express global citizenship with human rights activism.
Rockefeller is a contributing blogger for The Huffington Post.
Awards and honors
Rockefeller was honored at the Museum of the City of New York's Director’s Council Fall Reception in 2012.
Allison Whipple Rockefeller was a 2009 Honoree of the Horticultural Society of New York's Award of Excellence at their annual Fall Luncheon
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