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The Polly Walker Ecology Fund 

The Polly Walker Ecology Fund was established at the Center in November 2008 to honor Polly Walker, CLF’s first Associate Director, and to increase our understanding and application of the essential ecological perspective first promoted by Sir Albert Howard in 1939: “The whole problem of health in soil, plant, animal, and man is one great subject.”

The Fund supports bringing distinguished ecologists to the Center for a Livable Future and Johns  Hopkins University, enables students at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to conduct research projects and advocacy activities focusing on ecologic issues, and supports faculty in exploring new dimensions of the ecology of soils, water and air that advance the mission of the Center. The Polly Walker Ecology Fund is supported by an anonymous donor and longtime friend of the Center.


About Polly Walker

In 1996, Dr. Walker helped launch the Center for a Livable Future and served as its associate director until 2008. Throughout her tenure with the Center, a central tenet of Dr. Walker’s work has been to promote an ecological approach in public health problem-solving and protecting our environment. Read More>>





Robert K. Musil, PhD, MPH ‘01

The lecture and panel, “Distinguished Women in Environmental Health Sciences,” on April 11 at the Bloomberg School was sponsored jointly by the Center for a Livable Future Polly Walker Ecology Fund and the Department of Environmental Health Sciences Grand Rounds. The keynote speaker was Robert Musil, author of “Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women who have Shaped America’s Environment,” former executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the newly-named president of the Rachel Carson Council.

As Musil discussed ideas and details from his book, he underscored that Rachel Carson “was not alone on top of the mountain.” She was supported by, advised by, and connected to friends and colleagues who paved the way for her work in communicating the environmental dangers of the pesticide DDT. “I’d like to avoid the Great Man or Great Woman theory of history,” said Musil. “Carson, like so many others, stood on the shoulders of giants.”  Read More>