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. 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.  She is a Rachel Carson Scholar and served as  Executive Director of the Rachel Carson Homestead Association and Director of the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University. She holds the office of Vice President of the Forest Hills Borough Council. She sits as Secretary on the Board of Trustees for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and serves on the Board of Directors for the Allegheny Land Trust and Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light.

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

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” 


Penn Future- Women of Lifetime Achievement Award 2020

Carnegie Science Award in Environment, March 2019.

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) 


Click to access DeMarco_William-Freudenburg-Lifetime-Achievement-Award-Acceptance-Speech.pdf

Film / Video Credits

The Power of One Voice – A 50 Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson stands as a role model and an inspiration to people all over the world, even as the controversy created by her challenge to the chemical industry continues unabated. We see her life and her work in retrospect, and harken to her voice as guidance for our way forward into the challenges of this 21st century.

Sustainability Pioneers

In collaboration with documentary Film Maker Kirsi Jansa, the Sustainability Pioneers series of short videos grew from our discussions about the need to move from just protesting against Marcellus Shale to taking positive action towards sustainable energy practices.

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