Pitt Alumna, Sustainability Advocate Receives Visionary Award

DeMarco in a pink top in front of green leaves

Patricia DeMarco (A&S ’68, ’71G) recently received the Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light Visionary Award, after publishing a book on sustainability with the University of Pittsburgh Press.

The annual award honors “a Pennsylvania visionary who has engaged in significant actions ‘to tend and sustain’ the earth and all its creatures.”

In her book, “Pathways to Our Sustainable Future: A Global Perspective,” DeMarco uses Rachel Carson as inspiration to explore Pittsburgh’s path to achieving a sustainable future — and the challenges the city faces.

A Pittsburgh native, DeMarco is a councilwoman for the Borough of Forest Hills, Pennsylvania. She formerly served as executive director of the Rachel Carson Homestead Association and director of the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University.