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Celebrating Women in Science The Feinstone Environmental Awards

The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is the home of the Sol Feinstone Environmental Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in advancing the cause of the environment and social environmental issues.

Group with Awards

Four accomplished female scientists were honored this fall as recipients of the 2016 Feinstone Environmental Awards. Recipients were honored in four categories - private industry, non-governmental organizations, academia and government. They received the awards during the annual Feinstone Environmental Awards Banquet, October 26 in the Gateway Center on the ESF campus.


Janine Benyus

Non-Governmental Organization
The Biomimicry Institute & Biomimicry 3.8
Janine Benyus
Leader in the development of biomimicry, consulting with businesses and conducting seminars about what we can learn from the genius of nature

Nancy Barbour

Private Industry
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Nancy Barbour
Scientist and biologist whose work in pharmaceuticals at Bristol- Myers Squibb has benefitted drug research

Anahita Williamson

Government Agency
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Anahita Williamson
Engineer with a strong track record on pollution prevention and other environmental issues

Robin Kimmerer

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Robin Kimmerer
ESF Distinguished Teaching Professor and founding director of the ESF Center for Native Peoples and the Environment

About the Feinstone Awards

SUNY-ESF Sol Feinstone Environmental Awards logo

One of the oldest and most-respected award programs in the environmental field, the Feinstone Awards program was established by Sol Feinstone, a widely known historian and author who was a 1915 graduate of ESF. His goal was to reward people and organizations that exemplified his belief that the best insurance for a free society lay in people’s desire to do voluntarily the things that need to be done for the good of all. The program recognizes leaders who care for the environment, encourage volunteerism and add to society’s understanding of environmental issues and their solutions. The Feinstone program has made more than 100 awards, honoring people from across the United States for their significant contributions to protecting the environment and promoting the spirit of volunteerism. Past award recipients have back­grounds in science, conservation, government, public policy, teaching, and the media.

Questions may be directed to foundation@esf.edu.

ESF Women in Science


Diana K. Bendz

Diana K. Bendz ‘68
First woman graduate of ESF’s polymer
chemistry program and ESF College Foundation, Immediate Past President