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Leading to a renewed world

When we look to sustainability and environmentalism, it's only natural for us to reflect on Chatham alumna and the catalyst of the environmentalism movement, Rachel Carson '29. Her work and legacy live on at Chatham, as we strive to uphold the ideals of preserving, maintaining, and restoring nature. In pursuit of this, the first place we started was our Shadyside campus, taking great strides to make Chatham a sustainable university for years to come.

What have we done to make this a reality? We were a charter signatory of the American College and University President's Climate Commitment and established an Office of Sustainability on campus, which oversees operational and administrative activities and finds solutions that make us more environmentally and socially responsible. Our commitment to this has helped Chatham achieve an AASHE STARS Gold rating, earn a place on The Princeton Review's Green College Guide four years in a row, and be named as a "Cool School" by Sierra Club, along with regularly receiving recognition as one of the most environmentally-friendly campuses in the United States by a growing list of outlets, including USA Today and Forbes.

We don't just believe in sustainability; we live it. In fact, our sights set on advancing our leadership of environmental education with Chatham's Falk School of Sustainability and our 388-acre Eden Hall Campus. Opened in 2014, the Eden Hall Campus uses the latest in environmentally responsible technology, design, and innovation to 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. This living and learning laboratory will greatly impact sustainable education and research in a way no university has been able to before and serve as a model for the rest of the world on how to institute sustainable practices throughout all activities and operations.

With this mission, Chatham is and will continue to drive leadership in environmentalism and sustainability. Which is a position we're comfortable maintaining. With our legacy, it's only natural.

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Chatham Featured in "The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges"

The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges

Chatham University has once again been selected as one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review ( The education services company known for its test prep programs and college rankings, ratings, and guidebooks profiles Chatham in the fifth annual edition of its free downloadable book, "The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges." This is the fourth year in a row for Chatham's inclusion in the guide.

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a survey it conducted in 2013 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges to measure the schools' commitment to the environment and to sustainability. The institutional survey included questions on the schools' course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. Read more.

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