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May 282009

From Green Right Now Reports:

The National Audubon Society has honored six women with the 2009 Rachel Carson Award for their outstanding conservation efforts.

  • Dr. Sylvia Earle, an oceanographer, author, lecturer and National Geographic Explorer in Residence whose work has expanded awareness and conservation of the fragile marine environment. Former chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Dr. Earle is president and founder of Deep Search International. She has led more than 60 expeditions, including the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project in 1970. She also set a record for solo diving to a depth of 3,300 feet. Her research focuses on marine ecosystems in the deep sea and other remote environments.
  • Sally Jewell, president and CEO of Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), a national outdoor gear and apparel retailer dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. Additionally, Jewell sits on the boards of the National Parks Conservation Association, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, Initiative for Global Development and the University of Washington. She also serves on The National Forum on Children and Nature Advisory Board and the National Parks Second Century Commission.
  • Elizabeth C. Titus Putnam, the president and founder of the Student Conservation Association, the nation’s largest youth conservation leadership organization. While studying at Vassar College in the mid-1950′s, she envisioned a contemporary conservation core that would utilize her strength and the energy of students to respond to the threats facing America’s national parks. Through her hard work, vision and determination, she established and nurtured the SCA which enlists nearly 4,000 students, who contribute over two million hours of service each year to protecting and restoring America’s parks, forests, refuges, seashores and communities.
  • Elizabeth Colleton, Jane Evans and Susan Haspel – NBC Universal’s “Green is Universal” Initiative: Launched in May 2007, Green is Universal is NBC Universal’s ongoing effort to promote environmental awareness and action, and to green the company’s own operations. Spanning numerous business units, Green is Universal provides hundreds of hours of green-themed content and activities, especially during dedicated “Green Weeks.”

The women received their awards at the sixth annual Women in Conservation Luncheon held at the Plaza Hotel in New York City earlier this month.

Carol Browner, head of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change and past Chair of the Audubon Society; Alison Rockefeller, Founding Chair of the Rachel Carson Awards Council and Gloria Reuben, Golden Globe nominee and star of “Raising the Bar” and “ER,” also attended the ceremony on May 19.

The award commemorates the late Rachel Carson, whose landmark book Silent Spring made the world aware of the damage caused by pesticides in the early 1960s. Audubon established the award in 2004 to honor similar visionary women. Past honorees include Bette Midler, founder of the New York Restoration Project; Teresa Heinz Kerry, chair of the Heinz Endowments and the Heinz Family Philanthropies; Majora Carter, founder and executive director of Susainable South Bronx and Laurie David, producer of An Inconvenient Truth.