Visiting Researcher and Writer, Carnegie Mellon University, Institute for Green Sciences
Senior Scholar, Chatham University
Elected to Forest Hills Borough Council 2016-2020
Received the 2017 William Freudenburg Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences
Patricia M. DeMarco is a native of Pittsburgh, PA. with a doctorate in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh. She has spent a thirty -year career in energy and environmental policy in both private and public sector positions, including Commissioner of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and Demand Side Manager for the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative. She was the Executive Director of the Rachel Carson Homestead Association and Director of the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University.
Her book, titled “Pathways to Our Sustainable Future – A Global Perspective from Pittsburgh” was funded by the W. Clyde and Ida Mae Thurman Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation. Inspired by Rachel Carson’s environmental ethic, the book explores positive pathways toward sustainability based on 28 case studies in Pittsburgh. It was published by The University of Pittsburgh Press in 2017. Order the book and find a book signing event here https://patriciademarco.com/book/
She is the Executive Producer of a documentary film with Mark E. Dixon, “The Power of One Voice- A 50 Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson” and has served as technical advisor for a video series with Kirsi Jansa titled “Sustainability Pioneers” https://patriciademarco.com/film-video/
On November 3, 2015, Patricia DeMarco was elected to the Forest Hills Borough Council as an At Large Member for a four year term commencing on January 4, 2016.
Patricia M. DeMarco. “Rachel Carson’s environmental ethic – a guide for global systems decision making.” Journal of Cleaner Production. Vol 140, Part 1, Pages 127-133. January 2017. (printed volume available)http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.03.058
Those interested in Rachel Carson may find her Testimony to Congress of interest. rctestimonynoprinttag This was typed from the Federal Register and formatted for The Rachel Carson Homestead Association as a handout leaflet.
Rachel Carson’s “Conservation In Action” series at the Fish and Wildlife Service web site also offers significant insight to her influence. see for example: “Guarding Our Wildlife Resources”https://training.fws.gov/history/Documents/guarding.pdf
The entire Conservation In Action series can be found at https://training.fws.gov/history/HistoricDocuments.html
January 22, 2017 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the New York Society for Ethical Culture “Climate Change as a Moral Imperative” https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=YhLPvj8RSCQ
“Grappling with Nuclear Power” University of Pittsburgh Panel Discussion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFo3iG3igv0
“Institutional Barriers to Sustainability: A New Utility Paradigm.” presentation to Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences, San Diego, CA
Silent Spring at 50– An Interview at the Fish and Wildlife Service with Patricia DeMarco, Mark Dixon and Linda Lear https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8N-v1Y_tLUQ