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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 five years in a row, and be named as a top 20 "Cool School" by Sierra Magazine, 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 University chosen to participate in a program between universities in the United States and Norway

The Norwegian Centre for International Collaboration in Education and the Institute of International Education (IIE) selected Chatham University as one of twelve US colleges and universities to participate in the inaugural Norway initiative of IIE's International Academic Partnership Program.

The International Academic Partnership Program with Norway will emphasize the fields of energy and the environment, and provide resources to help universities explore areas of academic cooperation, including students and scholar exchanges, research collaborations, and degree programs. Read more.

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