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.”



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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 fifty -year career in energy and environmental policy in both private and public sector positions. She served as Executive Director of the Rachel Carson Homestead Association (2006-2011) and as Director of the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University where she holds an appointment as Senior Scholar and Adjunct Faculty.(2011-present) She holds the position of VicePresident of the Forest Hills Borough Council and sits on the Board of Trustees for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and for The Allegheny Land Trust.

Her  first book, titled Pathways to Our Sustainable Future – A Global Perspective from Pittsburgh”  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

Her next book, “In the Footsteps of Rachel Carson: Harnessing earth’s healing power”  Urban Press 2022.   Order here 

Curriculum Vitae and Appointments

  • Forest Hills Borough Council Member  2016-2020 and Vice President 2020 to present
  • Pennsylvania Municipal League- Board of Directors 2021-2024.
  • CONNECT (Congress of Neighboring Communities) President 2021-2022
  • 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, Secretary of the Board of Trustees 2022-2024
  • Board of Directors, Allegheny Land Trust 2020 -present
  • 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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