Conservation Award

The Delaware Audubon Conservation Award
2009 - Chad Tolman

PLEASE NOTE: This is an archive article from 2009. It may contain out-of-date information.

Dr. Chad Tolman was presented with the Delaware Audubon Conservation Award at the Delaware Audubon Society Annual Meeting on October 9, 2009. Chad received his BS in chemistry at MIT and his PhD in physical chemistry at UC Berkeley. He came to Wilmington in 1965 to work for DuPont Central Research. After retiring in 1996, he taught for a year at Del Tech and the University of Delaware, including a graduate course in environmental chemistry. He then worked for three years in Washington for the National Science Foundation in the Chemistry Division, and two years for the National Academy of Science in the Division of Earth and Life Sciences. His work there included studies on air pollution and air quality management.

Chad has followed energy and climate change issues for over 20 years, and has written and spoken about them extensively. He began writing a monthly electronic newsletter, Climate Change News, in 2004. He also started Citizens Alarmed about Global Warming, and launched the Coalition for Climate Change Study and Action in Delaware. He helped craft the Unitarian Universalist Association's 2006 "Statement of Conscience: Threat of Global Warming/Climate Change."

Tolman is the Chair of the Energy Committee of the Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club, a member of the Advocacy Committee of the Delaware Nature Society, a member of the Energy Subcommittee of the Delaware League of Women Voters, and a member of the League of Women Voters US Climate Change Task Force, where he is currently helping to develop a Citizen's Toolkit for Energy/Climate Action.

He has three children and five grandchildren.

Delaware Audubon is pleased to honor Dr. Tolman for his ongoing commitment to action on behalf of humanity and his continuing dedication to the conservation and preservation of our natural world.