"Future generations are unlikely to condone
our lack of prudent concern for the integrity
of the natural world that supports all life"
Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
Rachel Carson’s work is the inspiration for the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education. Her contribution to human understanding of our environment is unparalleled. Silent Spring has been called the most important book of the twentieth century - it launched the environmental movement. Rachel Carson’s contributions, most relevant to the mission of the Center, are public policy- based on sound science and ethics, active participation of an ecologically literate citizenry, and appreciation of the natural world through the literary arts and environmental education.
On occasion, not even annually, the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education gives its highest award to a recipient who embodies Rachel Carson’s contributions most relevant to the Center: public policy-based on sound science and ethics, active participation of an ecologically-literate citizenry, and appreciation of the natural world through the literary arts and environmental education. The recipients have been:
Terry Tempest Williams – October 2004
Richard Clugston – February 2006
Bill Hammond – February 2007
Oannes Arthur Pritker – April 2011
Louise M. Johnson – February 2012
Mary Oliver – February 2013
Mary Evelyn Tucker – February 2014
David Orr – February 2014