October 8, 2020

PennFuture’s Sixth Annual Celebrating Women in Conservation Awards

THE EVENT GOES ON! The 2020 PennFuture Women in Conservation Awards event will still take place on Thursday, Oct. 8th, but it will be a virtual event! To purchase tickets, please CLICK HERE NOW!

Each year, PennFuture honors the accomplishments of exceptional women conservationists in Pennsylvania. The 2020 Celebrating Women in Conservation Awards are designed to encourage continuing excellence in conservation and to forge a stronger network of exceptional women working to protect Pennsylvania’s environment. 

Since its inception in 2015, this event has traveled around the state to different communities to ensure recognition of local leaders, volunteers, and career professionals. And for 2020 we are celebrating women in Southwest Pennsylvania. 


Women of Lifetime Achievement in Conservation

Caren Glotfelty – Executive Director of Allegheny Parks Foundation (Read more about Caren here)

Beverly Braverman – Executive Director of Mountain Watershed Association (Read more about Beverly here)

Patricia DeMarco, Ph.D. – Author and Documentary Film Producer (Read more about Patricia here)


Woman of Environmental Community Engagement

Maren Cooke – Environmental Science Educator, Sustainability Salon Host (Read more about Maren here)


Woman of Renewable Energy and Climate

Sharon Pillar – Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Solar Center (Read more about Sharon here)


Woman of Environmental Arts

Ann Rosenthal – Environmental Artist & Educator (Read more about Ann here)


Woman of Environmental Media, Marketing, and Communications 

Kirsi Jansa – Documentary Filmmaker and Journalist (Read more about Kirsi here)


Woman of Environmental Education 

Camila Rivera Tinsley – Director of Education at Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (Read more about Camila here)


Woman of Environmental Justice 

Raina Rippel – Former Director at Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project (Read more about Raina here)


Woman of the Watershed 

Melissa Reckner - Program Manager for Penguin Court, Brandywine Conservancy (Read more about Melissa here)


Young Woman of Conservation Leadership

Leandra Mira - Leading Organizer of FridaysForFuture PGH & Pittsburgh Youth Climate Strike (Read more about Leandra here)


The dinner and award ceremony was originally scheduled to take place on April 30th at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. We are still planning on having the event at the Aviary but have postponed it until October 8th. Soon we’ll be releasing more information about tickets, as well as extensive profiles of the women, but for now we just ask you to save the date with us: Oct. 8

Special thanks to our sponsors for their continued support during these difficult times. If you would like information about sponsorship opportunities for this event, please contact Susanne Whitehead at whitehead@pennfuture.org.