Patricia DeMarco Ph.D.

"Live in harmony with nature."


Past Presentations:

January 22, 2017  at the New York Society for Ethical Culture “Climate Change as a Moral Imperative”

“Grappling with Nuclear Power” University of Pittsburgh Panel Discussion:

Silent Spring at 50– An Interview at the Fish and Wildlife Service with Patricia DeMarco, Mark Dixon and Linda Lear

Protecting Our Communities: Environmental Challenges from Fossil Fuel Extraction in SWPA

December 6, 2018  7:00 to 9:00 PM

Jewish Community Center, Forbes Avenue

Speakers include Innovators, Activists and Elected Officials including Mayor Peduto and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. Patricia DeMarco will speak about First Hills Borough Climate Resolution, Fracking Zoning Ordinance and Net Zero Energy Borough Building.

August 11, 2018. “Re-thinking Plastics”  11:00 AM to 2:00 PM  Wilkins School Community Center, 7604 Charleston Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15218  Patricia DeMarco keynote followed by a panel discussion.
Re-thinking Plastics

August 28, 2018. “Making a Wildlife-friendly Backyard Habitat” 10:00 to 11:30 AM at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, 799 Pinkerton Road, Oakdale, PA 15071 call 412.444.4464 X 229 for information

August 30, 2018. “Fracking, Jobs and Health” Travis Deporter, John Detweiler, Patricia DeMarco. 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Cherry Hill Club House, 1503 Grant Cyprus Lane, Presto, Pa 15142 call 412-418-9569 for information

September 17, 2018. “Plastics in Our Future- Refuse,Reduce,Re-Use, Recycle” Panel Discussion sponsored by the Forest Hills Environmental Advisory Council, 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Forest Hills Borough Building, 4400 Greensburg Pike, Pittsburgh PA 15221

May 18, 2017. 7:30 PM World Beyond War presents “Let’s End the Whole Nuclear Era” – a Panel discussion featuring Ellen Thomas and Odile Hugonot-Haber of the Womens’ International League for Peace and Freedom with  Patricia DeMarco at the Friends Meeting House, 4836 Ellsworth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA.

June 1, 2017. 6:00 to 7:30 PM In celebration of Rachel Carson’s Birthday, (May 27, 1907) the C.C. Mellor Library will feature a screening of “The Power of One Voice- A 50 Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson” followed by brief remarks and audience Q/A with Executive Producer Patricia DeMarco.  The event is at the Edgewood Branch, One Penwood Avenue, Edgewood, PA 15218
Phone: (412) 731-0909

June 22, 2017 at AESS Conference, Tuscon Arizona- “Local Government and Academic Partnerships- Creating Synergies to Address Key Community Environmental Problems”

April 13, 2017. “Contemplating Governing” Local Government Academy. Carnegie Municipal Building, 10 W. Manilla Avenue, Greentree, PA

April 21, 2017. “Building a Sustainable Economy in Rural Pennsylvania” Conference sponsored by The League of women Voters. The Rustic Lodge, Indiana PA

April 22, 2017. Pittsburgh March for Science.  Patricia DeMarco Speaking: “Inspired by Rachel Carson- Science, Ethics and Public Policy” Bigelow Boulevard at Forbes. Noon to 2 PM.

April 23, 2017. 1:00 to 3:00 PM #Resist: Pittsburgh. Eastern Burbs Huddle- “The Laws of Nature are Not Negotiable: Moving from Awareness to Action” Monroeville Public Library, 2615 Mosside Blvd, Monroeville, PA 15146. RSVP

March 6 to April 3, 2017. “Sustainability Pioneers – Conversations moving from awareness to action on climate change.” this five week course is presented with Kirsi Jansa, documentary film maker who produced the “sustainability Pioneers” videos.  (see ) Life Long Learning Institute Course through Carnegie Mellon University. 1:00 to 2:30 PM in 4707 Wean Hall.

March 2, 2017 at 3:30 PM at Chatham University, Eden Hall Campus.  Screening of “The Power of One Voice- A 50 Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson” followed by a discussion of the legacy of Rachel Carson.  Presentation is free and open to the public.  Reservations and information: Hallie Jensen at Falk School of Sustainability See a trailer of the film here: 

February 2, 2017. 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Film Discussion of “A Time to Choose” at Duquesne University, 105 College Hall. contact 412-365-6415 for reservations.

January 22, 2017 New York Society for Ethical Culture  “Climate Change as a Moral Imperative” Climate change presents an existential challenge not only for humanity but for all of life on Earth.  Urgent action must be taken to curtail human behaviors that accelerate climate change through increasing the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Moving to an economic and cultural base that is socially equitable and environmentally sustainable will achieve a more robust, prosperous and beneficial quality of life. The technology based solutions are readily available now – renewable energy systems, regenerative agriculture, green chemistry with circular supply chain management of resources.  The issue is one of political will to make the changes necessary. See the video recording of the presentation here:

August 25, 2016 “Health Effects of Fracking” presented at The battle of Homestead Foundation event at The Pump House, 880 East Waterfront Avenue, Homestead, PA.

The full presentation is here:8-25-2016 Fracking & Health

Additional resources on this topic:

Sheila Bushkin-Bedient, MD, MPH, Larysa Dyrszka, MD, Yuri Gorby, PhD, Mary Menapace, RN. Compendium of  Scientific, Medical, and  Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking (Unconventional Gas and Oil Extraction) 2nd Edition. Concerned Health Professionals of New York. December 11, 2014.

ELizabeth Ridlington, Kim Norman, and Rachel Richardson. “Fracking by the Numbers: The Damage to Our Water, Land and Climate from a Decade of Dirty Drilling” Environment America Research & Policy Center and The Frontier Group. April 2016.

May 19, 2016. THRIVE: Sustainable Energy, Jobs & Economic Development at the Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh. Patricia DeMarco presented the keynote address “A Just Transition to a Sustainable Energy Future” Just Transition to a Sustainable Energy Future You can hear the presentation here :

April 15, 2016. Trillium Ensemble CSA Performance of a Chamber Composition “Silent Spring” at the New Hazlet Theater from 7:00 Pm to 9:00 PM

Talkback session and interpretive discussion by Patricia DeMarco

cropped-Rosensteel_150426-5.jpgAddress: 6 Allegheny Square E, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

April 21, 2016. 1:00 Pm to 3:00PM

Dedication of a New Battle of Homestead Memorial

The Battle of Homestead Foundation will ceremonially unveil a new Memorial for the Battle of Homestead with celebration in words and songs lead by actor David Conrad and students from Steel Valley High School. The event is free and open to the public.

Location: The Pump House, 880 East Waterfront Drive, Munhall, PA 15120

April 22, 2016 Earth Day Celebration

7:00 Pm to 9:00 PM at Phipps Botany Hall

Power of One Voice – A 50 Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson and Sustainability Pioneers screening followed by discussion with Patricia DeMarco and Kirsi Jansa about moving from awareness to action to respond to climate change and New-POOV-DVD-Cover-snapshot-mini-160x225.jpgenvironmental degradation.

Rachel Carson stands as one of the most important voices of the 20th century. Her book Silent Spring revolutionized the way we see our relationship to the living Earth as our life support system. This film takes a 50 year perspective on the impact of her work and examines the continuing importance of her message today. How can we move from awareness to action as a lesson from Rachel Carson’s example?

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