Patricia DeMarco Ph.D.

"Live in harmony with nature."



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 will be published by The University of Pittsburgh Press in 2017. Order the book and find a book signing event here

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” 

She is a regular guest on The Union Edge Radio with a segment on the Charles Showalter Show titled “Just Transitions – Labor, Environment and Health” appearing on the second Wednesday and fourth Thursday of every month discussing labor, environment and health issues. 

Her radio program “The New American Economy” is broadcast live from Pittsburgh each Wednesday 1:00 to 2:00 PM EST on The Union Edge Working Families Radio Network with an audience of 300,000 in 33 cities and 15,000 to 20,000 podcast downloads monthly. Hear the program live or find podcasts of programs broadcast since May 2017 here 

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, Ph.D.  CV

Recent Publications:

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) 

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”

The entire Conservation In Action series can be found at


January 22, 2017 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the New York Society for Ethical Culture “Climate Change as a Moral Imperative”  Call 212-874-5210 for reservations and program information. see for details.

“The Labor/Environment Connection in a Time of Transition” hosted by The Battle of Homestead Foundation

“Institutional Barriers to Sustainability: A New Utility Paradigm.” presentation to Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences, San Diego, CA

“Walking in Rachel Carson’s Footsteps.” presentation at Ursuline College







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