The National Audubon Society presented Flo Stone, Founder and President Emerita of the Environmental Film Festival in the NationвЂ™s Capital, with the Rachel Carson Award at The Plaza Hotel in New York City on May 20. The prestigious Audubon award, presented at the SocietyвЂ™s 12th annual Women in Conservation Luncheon, recognizes visionary women whose dedication, talent and energy have advanced positive change in environmental and conservation locally and on a global scale. The Award was also presented to Warrie Price, Founder and President, The Battery Conservancy.
вЂњAudubon New York is proud to honor Flo Stone and Warrie Price as the 2015 Rachel Carson Award recipients,вЂќ said Audubon New York Executive Director Erin Crotty. вЂњWe thank them for their bold vision, entrepreneurial spirit, and persistence.вЂќ Allison Whipple Rockefeller, the founding chair of the Rachel Carson Awards Council, spoke at the ceremony with a nod to the AwardвЂ™s namesake and honorees.
вЂњWomen helped start Audubon more than a hundred years ago and have played a leading role in conservation ever since. ThatвЂ™s what weвЂ™re celebrating today вЂ“ women who have truly made a difference.вЂќ said Audubon President and CEO David Yarnold. вЂњAnd we hope that by honoring their example, weвЂ™ll inspire the next generation of women and girls to aim high. Women understand that we all need clean air, clean water and healthy natural spaces, and they’re willing to do something about it.вЂќ
Emcee NBC Chief Environmental Affairs Correspondent Anne Thompson, remarked on the historical legacy of American women in conservation and challenges female environmental reporters face. This year Audubon also recognized a special group of women with the вЂњWomen Greening JournalismвЂќ special recognition, celebrating the efforts of American women whose work has advanced environmental journalism by using вЂњthe power of the penвЂќ to inform citizens, spark debate and ignite change for conservation. Recipients included Emily Atkin (ThinkProgress), Jennifer Bogo (Popular Science), Rene Ebersole (Audubon magazine), Suzanne Goldenberg (The Guardian), Lisa Friedman (ClimateWire), Kate Sheppard (Huffington Post), Amy Westervelt (The Guardian UK and Wall Street Journal) among others.