Chatham News

Chatham receives Green Power award from Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
November 1, 2011

PITTSBURGH (November 1, 2011)… Chatham University received an award from Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) on October 27 at the Green Power Awards luncheon at the Fairmont in downtown Pittsburgh. The “Green Power: Make It…” award recognizes Chatham University for the installation of building-integrated solar thermal collectors on its research greenhouse and on the two highest-occupancy residence halls in the Shadyside Campus. One of the largest installations of its kind in Pennsylvania, the project incorporates advanced micro-channel technology from Solar Tomorrow, Inc. to provide student residents with solar-heated hot water. This project is just one example of Chatham’s commitment to reducing its global warming pollution and reaching carbon neutrality by 2025.

Mary Whitney, Chatham’s sustainability coordinator, accepted the award on behalf of Chatham’s Office of Sustainability, which works to initiate change on campus with the goal of moving the University to carbon neutrality. The office coordinates with University departments, faculty, and student groups to take steps toward a more sustainable living, learning, and working environment for the campus community.

Chatham is home to the Rachel Carson Institute (RCI), which continues the legacy of the University’s most famous alumna, Rachel Carson ’29—author and scientist credited with helping form the modern environmental movement. The RCI is housed within the University’s new School of Sustainability and the Environment, which will provide innovative, interdisciplinary education, and research opportunities that prepare students to identify and solve challenges related to the environment and sustainability.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit