Catholic mapmaker Burhans wins international environmental award

By Barbara Fraser
September 20, 2021

Molly Burhans recalls various guideposts along her journey to ecological conversion.

There was the study in Mali, where she realized that providing drinking water for people meant not just drilling wells, but tackling climate change. There was a project in Portland, Maine, in which she layered information onto a map to create a plan for urban pollinator habitat.

And crucially, there was her work with a women's religious community, where mapping helped convince the sisters that instead of selling part of their property, they could conserve it while still meeting their future needs.

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