Rachel Carson Award

The Rachel Carson Award is awarded each spring by the 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".[1] Honorees are drawn from diverse backgrounds, including the worlds of journalism, academics, business, science, entertainment, philanthropy and law.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4] Each year the Rachel Carson Award is created by Tiffany & Company. The Rachel Carson Awards Council was founded by Allison Whipple Rockefeller in 2004.

Award recipientsEdit

Source: Audubon Society

2018 Honorees

  • Gina McCarthy, Former EPA Administrator and Professor of Public Health Practice at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health[5]
  • Mary Powell, President and CEO, Vermont Green Mountain Power[6]
  • Dorceta Taylor, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion & James E. Crowfoot Collegiate Professor at University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability[7]

2017 Honorees

2016 Honorees

  • Dominique Browning Co-Founder & Director of Moms Clean Air Force
  • Rebecca Moore Founder and Director of Google Earth Outreach
  • Dr. Kathryn Sullivan Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

2015 Honorees

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

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

2007 Honorees

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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Rachel Caron Award". Retrieved 2013-03-10.
  2. ^ "IPL leader gets Carson Award". Retrieved May 29, 2012.
  3. ^ BRATBURD, REBECCA (May 30, 2013). "Honoring Women Conservationists". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  4. ^ GRISWOLD, ELIZA (September 21, 2012). "How 'Silent Spring' Ignited the Environmental Movement". The New York Times. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  5. ^ Society, National Audubon. "Women in Conservation 2018 - Gina McCarthy". Wisconsin Gazette. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  6. ^ "GMP's Mary Powell wins 2018 Rachel Carson Award Medal". Vermont Business Magazine. 2018-05-15. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  7. ^ "Dr. Dorceta Taylor awarded the 2018 Rachel Carson Award by National Audubon | University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability". seas.umich.edu. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  8. ^ Cunningham, Bill (June 2, 2013). "Evening Hours". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Crouse, Colette. "Women in Conservation Changing the World: Hunter Lovins Honored as 2012 Rachel Carson Award Recipient". Natural Capital Solutions.
  10. ^ "Janette Sadik-Khan - Audubon's 2012 Rachel Carson Award Honoree". First Post.
  11. ^ Grady, Emma. "Audubon Honors Sigourney Weaver and Women Driving Gulf Coast Relief Efforts". Tree Hugger. Retrieved 2012-05-01.
  12. ^ Goldenberg, Suzanne (February 6, 2013). "Obama nominates Sally Jewell for US interior secretary". London: The Guaridian. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
  13. ^ Karl, Jonathan. "Obama to Tap REI CEO as Interior Secretary". ABC News. Retrieved 2013-02-14.
  14. ^ "In This Section Who We Are Our Priorities Mission Statement Finances Annual Report NRDC Staff Board of Trustees NRDC Action Fund Partnership for the Earth About NRDC Frances Beinecke Frances Beinecke, NRDC President". NRDC.
  15. ^ "Audubon Women in Conservation – 8th Annual Rachel Carson Awards". 2/15/2013. The Green Samaritan.

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