Patricia DeMarco Ph.D.

"Live in harmony with nature."


Patricia M. DeMarco, Ph.D.

“As individuals and people acting together, we have the power to change the world toward a sustainable future. I believe we can find sound solutions by living in harmony with Nature and working to strengthen the life support systems of the Living Earth.”


Public Presentations in September 2022:

September 1, 2022- The World Conference on Climate Change & Sustainability (Climate Week 2022) is an international educational conference for climate, environmental, and atmospheric science professionals hosted by The People Events.

Climate Week 2022 will be bringing together a range of key actors from institutions, governments, cities and communities, the private sector, and civil society; including youth movements, from all over the world, to make the world more climate resilient. This Meeting is a distinctive opportunity for participants to hear directly from environmental and climate justice leaders about regeneration in action; to hear about sustainable strategies and practices we can all implement and advocate for, in order to build a more resilient economy and vibrant future. Join the discussion with cutting edge thought leaders sharing their knowledge, experience, and passion.

My presentation on Moving from Awareness to Action- Reimagine Appalachia is here



September 18 , 2022. Global Climate Change and Jobs Conference

We know that the points of convergence between the labor and the climate movements are immense, but that several challenges lie ahead of us. It is nevertheless of extreme importance and urgency to cut emissions and do so by drawing on plans that are created by the workers and communities and in regard to their interests and needs.

Often, we do know what work needs to be carried out in order to cut emissions, but workers are being left out of the discussion and climate science is being disregarded. We need to build a movement that not only is capable of setting its own program, but that has the power to implement it.

As so, we are bringing together people from all around the world, and bringing together the labor and climate movements to discuss how we win a program that can allow us to stop climate collapse. Join us for two days of thematic sessions about the strategies, technical and social perspectives, and challenges we face in building Climate Jobs Campaigns.

I am speaking on the panel “How Do We Cut Emissions?” on Sept 18thPresentation is here:

Click to access 9-18-2022-global-climate-jobs-pd.pdf


September 20, 2022~ University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health Lecture ~ “Rachel Carson: A Pioneer for Science-based Policy Connecting Environment and Health,” Patricia DeMarco, PhD (Senior Scholar, Chatham University)

Born in Allegheny County, pioneering naturalist Rachel Carson (1907-1964) used her knowledge of science and her early understanding of the interconnectedness of all living things to

advocate for policy based on science. We must adjust our ways of interacting with the earth and each other to align more closely to accommodate the laws of chemistry, physics, physiology, and ecology. Dr. DeMarco is the author of Pathways to Our Sustainable Future – A Global Perspective from Pittsburgh (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017).

This lecture is free and open to public. Please email

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Please contact me to discuss a custom presentation that will fit with your audience.


Phone: (412) 708 9277


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.  

Her  book, titled Pathways to Our Sustainable Future – A Global Perspective from Pittsburgh”  explores positive pathways toward sustainability, based on 28 case studies in Pittsburgh.

Inspired by Rachel Carson’s environmental ethic, the book was funded by the W. Clyde and Ida Mae Thurman Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.  It was published by The University of Pittsburgh Press in 2017.

Order the book and find a book signing event here

Curriculum Vitae

  • Forest Hills Borough Council Member  2016-2020 and Vice President 2020 to present
  • Senior Scholar, Chatham University, Adjunct Faculty 2012 to present
  • Battle of Homestead Foundation – Treasurer 2018 -2020, Board Member 2021-2024
  • Board of Trustees, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 2019-2021
  • Board of Directors, Allegheny Land Trust 2020 –
  • Board of Directors, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light

Full CV HERE [.pdf]


Penn Future Women of Lifetime Achievement Award 2020

Carnegie Science Award in Environment 2019

Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light Visionary Award for 2018

 William R. Freudenburg Lifetime Achievement Award, Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences 2017

AESS Award Acceptance Speech

Recent Publications

“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.

Patricia M. DeMarco. “Protecting the Rights of the Living Earth.” in Toward a Healthy Planet. Gerald Magill and James Benedict (Eds.) Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. 2021. Pages 53-67.


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