Faces of Conservation

Dawn Rittenhouse

A pastime Dawn Rittenhouse enjoys when she isn’t working as Director of Sustainability at the DuPont Company is running, usually outdoors. In fact, she prefers to run in pretty places – like parks or nature preserves. That’s likely what led her to accepting the role as one of The Nature Conservancy’s board of trustee members in Delaware.

“Growing up I lived in many places while my family moved around with the Air Force,” says Rittenhouse. “But Delaware has been home for twenty years. That’s why I look forward to playing part in preserving its beautiful and productive natural landscapes.”

Rittenhouse’s interests and professional experiences fit well with the Conservancy’s mission in the First State. For thirty years, she has worked in a variety of roles for DuPont, which is headquartered in Wilmington, including starting in 1997 a role in helping the company integrate sustainability strategies into its business management practices.

Over time, her role in this area grew, most recently as leader of the company’s sustainability initiatives which include supporting research, education and land conservation activities in the Delaware River and Bay estuary through the Clear into the Future program and overseeing the management of wildlife habitat on company properties at locations around the world. DuPont also places surplus property into protected status through the company’s Land Legacy Program and lends support to organizations in local communities working to preserve green space near its offices.

With her kids gone from the family’s Delaware nest, Rittenhouse looks forward to sharing her professional experience and passion for the environment with The Nature Conservancy while learning more about its conservation projects around the world.

“I’m interested in figuring out how we might duplicate DuPont’s and the Conservancy’s successes in faraway places to places here in Delaware,” says Rittenhouse. “I also look forward to hearing more about the Conservancy’s approach to identifying key services provided for humanity by nature and ensuring that landscapes and habitats remain healthy enough to continue doing so long into the future.”