Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has a long history of commitment to global understanding, women’s leadership and the environment. Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon, Rachel Carson, and is recognized today as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been selected for The Princeton Review’s Green College Guide listing four years in a row, named in the top 20 of Sierra Magazine’s list of “Cool Schools” and mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places “contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for green living.”
Building on these accomplishments, Chatham recently opened the world’s first fully sustainable campus in higher education, Eden Hall Campus, with completion of the first stage of construction on its 20-year master plan. The highest ranked institution in western Pennsylvania in US News & World Reports “Best Colleges” for the Regional University-North category, Chatham works to prepare its 2,000+ on-campus and online undergraduate and graduate students for tomorrow’s economy in the fields of sustainability, health sciences, business and communication, and the arts and sciences.
Chatham’s Shadyside Campus is the University’s historic, original location and is one of the country’s most unique and picturesque, urban college campuses consisting of the 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum. The Shadyside Campus expanded in 2008 with the renovation and opening of the LEED Silver building, Chatham Eastside, near the Bakery Square development in Pittsburgh.
Chatham became the largest university by land mass in Allegheny County in 2008 with the gift of the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus in Richland Township, approximately 19 miles north of the Shadyside Campus. Eden Hall Campus, home to Chatham’s Falk School of Sustainability is the first academic community in the world built from the ground up for the study of sustainable living, learning, and development. Using the latest in environmentally responsible technology, design, and innovation, Eden Hall will be self-sustaining in every way by emitting zero carbon emissions, managing all waste and storm water on-site, and producing more energy than it consumes. It is designed to one-day serve more than 1,500 students in the fields of sustainability, health sciences, business, and more. By protecting valuable watersheds, incorporating surrounding land and agricultural resources, and rehabilitating existing farm structures alongside developing new green buildings, Eden Hall will be a one-of-a-kind venue for education, conferences, community outreach, and ecotourism.