Patricia DeMarco Ph.D.

"Live in harmony with nature."


Patricia M. DeMarco, Ph.D.


* Forest Hills Borough Council Member  2016-2020
* Senior Scholar, Chatham University
* Visiting Researcher and Writer, 
Carnegie Mellon University, Institute    for Green Sciences
* Battle of Homestead Foundation – Treasurer 2018 
* Board of Trustees, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 2019-2021

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

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” 

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.

Full Curriculum Vitae is here:

Patricia M. DeMarco, Ph.D.  CV


Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light Visionary Award for 2018- October 27, 2018
Pennsylvania Interfaith Power &Light Award 2018 
Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences 2017 William R. Freudenburg Lifetime Achievement Award June 2017
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

Further information about Rachel Carson can be found at her Biographer Linda Lear’s web site:

and at the Rachel Carson Council web site








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