By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
May 27, 2010
PITTSBURGH (April 24, 2010) … As part of the United Nations World Environment Day celebration in North America, the Rachel Carson Celebration of Biodiversity Symposium will focus on the human impact on biodiversity at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History (Co-Host) on May 27, 2010.
Esther Barazzone, Ph.D., president of Chatham University, will participate in the panel, “Sustainable Perspectives from the Community.”
Featuring Edward O. Wilson as keynote speaker and including a panel of experts, the conference seeks to envision a New American Dream that is environmentally sustainable and developed by participants in this event – a roadmap that will address the effect people have on the environment, and the critical inter-relationships between human habitat and the quality of life for generations to come.
Wilson, a two-time Pulitzer prize winner, world-renowned entomologist and one of the scientists who provided research data to Rachel Carson while she was writing Silent Spring, will receive the Rachel Carson Legacy Award at a ceremony following our World Environment Day Biodiversity Symposium
The Rachel Carson Legacy Award was established in 2007 as part of the celebration of the centennial of Rachel Carson’s birth. It was designed to recognize and honor people who have made significant impact on the application of Rachel Carson’s principles to modern public policy issues that interface the environment. The biannual award targets recognition for people who are both scientists and authors, in the model of Rachel Carson’s work.
Largely responsible for the study of biodiversity, Wilson is Pellegrino University Professor Emeritus and Honorary Curator in Entomology at Harvard. He is also founder of the E. O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation whose mission is to preserve biological diversity in the living environment by inventing and implementing business and educational strategies in the service of conservation. In addition to the more than 100 awards Wilson has received from around the world, in 2000 he was named as one of the century’s 100 leading environmentalists by both Time and Audubon Magazine. Don’t miss this opportunity of a lifetime to hear E. O. Wilson share his thoughts.
1:00 p.m.: Opening and Welcome
1:30 p.m.: Human Impact on the Environment – Panel Discussion:
A panel discussion on the impact of people on the Earth, including Elisabeth Guilbaud-Cox, Deputy Director of the United Nations Environment Programme North America, and Dr. Richard Benedick, Ambassador (ret.), President, National Council for Science and the Environment, and Terry Collins, Ph.D., Thomas Lord Professor of Chemistry, Institute of Green Science, Carnegie Mellon University.
3:15 to 5:00 p.m.: An Environmentally Sustainable American Dream
Sally Wiggin of WTAE Channel 4/ABC will moderate Sustainable Perspectives from the Community, including Richard Piacentini of Phipps Conservatory, Esther Barazzone of Chatham University, Todd Katzner of the National Aviary, Indira Nair, Ph.D., Vice Provost of Education, Carnegie Mellon University, Doris Carson Williams, Director of the African American Chamber of Commerce Western PA, Brenda Smith, Executive Director of Nine Mile Run Watershed Association, Greg Boulos of Homesteaders Consulting, LLC, James T. Kunz Jr. of IUOE Local 66, Marc Mathieu of BeDo, Inc., among others.
5:00 to 5:15: Networking Break
5:15 – 6:30: Rachel Carson Legacy Award Presentation and Public Lecture
Dr. Edward O. Wilson “The Future of Biodiversity Conservation”
With a special introduction by Mark Madison, Historian, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
6:30 to 8:00 PM: Rachel Carson Legacy Award Reception with E.O. Wilson.