Dear Friend,

Between now and September 9th we're profiling the eleven amazing women from Northeastern PA who we're celebrating this year with our Seventh Annual Women in Conservation Awards. Today is our eleventh, and last, inspiring profile. 

WIC is only one week away - buy your tickets now! 

Today we honor Louise Dunlap (1946-2021)
 Posthumous Woman of Lifetime Achievement in Conservation

Louise C. Dunlap’s career spanned six decades as a passionate environmentalist renowned for her focus on energy development, coal mining practices and their effects on the environment.

Dunlap spent a lifetime advocating for the hard-hit communities affected by the harmful practices of the coal mining industry. Working to secure legislation from 1971 to 1977, her steadfast efforts led to the enactment of the Surface Mine Control & Reclamation Act of 1977, SMCRA. Colleagues said that she led one of most effective campaigns in the history of the U.S. environmental movement: the seven-year national citizens' effort to enact federal legislation requiring the coal industry to protect valuable farmlands, streams and wetlands and to reclaim all surface mined lands. At the bill signing ceremony in the White House Rose Garden, President Carter praised Dunlap as "persistent in the face of adversity and disappointment," the Associated Press reported at the time.

During that same period, she co-founded and became President of the Environmental Policy Institute and the Environmental Policy Center in 1972, and which under her leadership, grew into the largest public-interest environmental lobbying organization in Washington. She was the first woman to become chief executive of a major U.S. national environmental organization.

In 1976, she married fellow environmentalist Joe Browder, known for his work to protect the Florida Everglades. Thereafter, she and Browder founded Dunlap & Browder, Inc., an environmental consulting firm with an international clientele.

Over the course of her career, Dunlap would serve on the boards of the League of Conservation Voters, the Clean Water Fund, Scenic America, the Environmental Policy Institute and the National Clean Air Coalition, while holding posts with the National Parks Conservation Association and Friends of the Earth, where she focused on legislative issues including energy efficiency and climate. 

Most recently, Dunlap was working on the Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) statute’s next reauthorization in the weeks before her death. She also has been a central figure in the Alternative Fuels element of the Clean Air Act reauthorization.

Environmentalists who knew Dunlap have suggested that Congress pay tribute to Dunlap by renaming the AML reauthorization in her honor. The Interior Department highlighted Dunlap's work in 2016, when the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement awarded her the Environment, Community, Humanity, Ownership Award. Pennsylvania Rep. Matt Cartwright (D) and Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.) praised Dunlap as "an inspiring force." 

Dunlap graduated from Duke University in 1968. A devout Duke alumna, Dunlap served as a Member of the Advisory Board of Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment as well as on the board of The University Council of Women’s Studies.

Dunlap was recently the recipient of The ECHO award presented by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement for her contributions in the field.

This is the first time that PennFuture has given out a Posthumous Women in Conservation Lifetime Achievement Award.

Congratulations to Louise's Family and Friends.

A complete list of all 2021 honorees is available here.


Tickets for the WIC event are on sale now!

PennFuture's 2021 Celebrating Women in Conservation Awards

Thursday, Sept. 9th, 2021  - 6pm

This will be a virtual/live hybrid online event. Your ticket gives you access to the live Zoom broadcast of the award ceremony!


$40 Login Ticket for Zoom Access: 
Includes a PennFuture "Go Out and Explore" Swag Bag with: a PennFuture Cotton Draw String Bag, a PennFuture Cooling Bandana, a PennFuture Cranberry Walnut Trail Mix, and a "Tick Twister" mailed to you. Ticket also includes a $25 donation to PennFuture, which makes you a member of PennFuture!

$65 Login Ticket + Honor Your Favorite Nominee!!
Pick one of the 11 Women to make a special donation in their name. You'll be recognized for this special gift during the event! Includes Login Ticket, PennFuture Swag Bag, and a $50 donation to honor the woman of your choice! This also makes you a member of PennFuture!

NOTE: With either ticket you get one Zoom Login which can not be shared. However, you are welcome to have a gathering with your family and friends to watch the event from your home. Sorry that we can't supply the food or beverages we normally would for an event like this, but you are welcome to bring your own! It is a "Celebration" after all!

Can't make it on the 9th? No problem! A recording of the event will be made available to all ticket holders. You can also purchase a ticket as a "gift" for a friend - just let us know who you want to invite!

Special Opportunity for Small Businesses & Organizations:
Be an Award Sponsor!

Eleven Award Sponsorships are available:
one for each woman - for only $150 each. 

In addition to a Login Ticket and the PennFuture Swag Bag, we'll include your logo in all future promotional materials as well as provide special recognition during the event. 

If you would like information about being an Award Sponsor, please contact Susanne Whitehead at




Connie Dunlap Santarelli 
- for Louise Dunlap

The Bridgewater - Riding Club - for Kelly Finan


Hotel Fauchere - for Marian Keegan

If you would like information about sponsorship opportunities for this event, please contact Susanne Whitehead at



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Diana Dakey
​Ann Foster
Sue Hostler
Arundhati “Tinku” Khanwalkar​
Mark Lichty
Joyce Martin



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