What is the Rachel Carson Award?
The Rachel Carson Award (not to be confused with the Rachel Carson Prize) is a premier award which honors distinguished female leaders impacting the environmental world It is awarded each spring by National Audubon Societyâ€™s Women in Conservation to recognize â€œwomen whose immense talent, expertise, and energy greatly advance conservation and the environmental movement locally and globally. â€ Honorees are drawn from diverse backgrounds, including the worlds of journalism, academics, business, science, entertainment, philanthropy and law.
The award is presented to honorees each May at the Rachel Carson Award Luncheon. The Luncheon, which is held annually at New York Cityâ€™s Plaza Hotel. Proceeds from the Luncheon support Audubon’s Long Island Sound Campaign. (With more than 28 million people living within 50 miles of its shores, the Sound is home to 10 percent of the U.S. population. Unfortunately, it has undergone unprecedented pollution, habitat loss, and ecosystem disruption. The crisis in this significant estuary has led to a campaign of national importance.) Additionally, Audubon’s Women in Conservation Program, in conjunction with Audubon’s Rachel Carson Awards Council, supports a website connecting women of all ages to extraordinary leaders in the environmental movement and to the great environmental issues of our time. In its mission to support environmental opportunities for girls and young women, Audubon’s Women in Conservation also supports a prominent internship program and hosts an educational school panel in which past Rachel Carson Award honorees speak at a local all-girls school.
The award is named in honor of Rachel Carson, a monumental figure of the 20th century and the undisputed founder of the modern environmental movement. Each year the Rachel Carson Award is created by Tiffany & Company. The Rachel Carson Awards Council was founded by Allison Whipple Rockefeller in 2004.