This year's honorees draw on faith, corporate experience, and political know-how to promote environmental stewardship.
Fifty years ago one woman slayed Goliath. Silent Spring took on the chemical pesticide industry and launched the modern environmental movement. In May, at this year's Women in Conservation luncheon at The Plaza in New York City, three other influential women will receive the 9th annual Rachel Carson Award. "The honorees this year represent an exciting diversity of leadership," says Allison Rockefeller, the awards council's founding chair. Their backgrounds--religious, corporate, and political--show the breadth of support for the mission. The luncheon will also recognize about 30 women who are helping to make New York one of the world's greenest cities.
Reverend and Canon Sally Bingham
Bingham is founder and president of The Regeneration Project, an interfaith ministry seeking to deepen the connection between ecology and faith. Through the project's Interfaith Power & Light campaign, Bingham promotes congregations' environmental stewardship, encouraging the use of energy-efficient appliances and rooftop solar panels.
L. Hunter Lovins
Lovins is president and founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions, which educates decision makers in business, government, and the public about environmentally friendly practices they can use to increase profits, prosperity, and quality of life. She also lectures about capitalism and sustainable business at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute in Washington State.
Since April 2007 Sadik-Khan has served as New York City's Department of Transportation Commissioner. She's a lead implementer of PlaNYC, a city initiative to combat climate change and prepare the city for one million more residents. Her efforts include providing more protected bike lanes and installing pedestrian plazas.