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Princeton Review and Environmental Protection Agency recognizes Chatham University as leader in sustainability for second consecutive year

Chatham named to the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll, included in “Guide to 322 Green Colleges,” and named EPA Individual Conference Champion

PITTSBURGH (May 2, 2013) … Both the Princeton Review and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently recognized Chatham University for the second consecutive year as a national leader in sustainability.

According to the Princeton Review, Chatham University is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada. As one of only 21 schools to earn a perfect Green Rating score of 99 out of 99, Chatham is included on the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll and is profiled in the fourth annual edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges.”

The fourth annual edition of this free guide profiles institutions of higher education that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation. More information about Chatham’s inclusion in the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll and “Guide to 322 Green Colleges” is available on Chatham’s news page.

The same week the Princeton Review honors were announced, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Chatham for the second consecutive year as the 2012-2013 Individual Conference Champion for using more green power than any other school in the President’s Athletic Conference. More information about Chatham’s recognition as the top green power purchaser in the President’s Athletic Conference is available on Chatham’s news page.

As a charter signatory of the President’s Climate Commitment, Chatham is committed to becoming carbon-neutral by 2025. Since signing in 2007, Chatham’s square footage and enrollment have increased by 36 percent and 45 percent, respectively, yet has reduced its greenhouse gas net emissions by 68 percent. The Chatham University Climate Committee (students, staff, and faculty) supports sustainability and climate action goals through research, reduction projects, and outreach initiatives. Chatham’s commitment to sustainability and the environment earned it an AASHE STARS Gold Rating and recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council, the Environmental Protection Agency, the League of American Bicyclists, among others.

“Chatham University is proud to again receive recognition from the Princeton Review and the Environmental Protection Agency for our commitment to excellence in our sustainability efforts,” says Mary Whitney, sustainability coordinator at Chatham.

About Chatham University
Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa., has a long history of commitment to the environment and today is a recognized leader in the field of sustainability Building on its accomplishments, Chatham is breaking new ground by building one of the world’s first fully sustainable campuses in higher education. Chatham is also one of only 22 schools in the U.S. to be named to The Princeton Review’s 2013 Green College Honor Roll and is mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for “green living.”

Located on 388 acres of formerly undeveloped farm and woodlands about 20 miles north of Pittsburgh, the new, Eden Hall Campus integrates sustainable development, learning, and living throughout its design. Here, students of all disciplines learn to solve complex sustainability and environmental challenges through immersion in a range of fields, including food and sustainable agriculture, energy and climate, water, design and planning, and our community and health.




Pittsburgh “Foodies” to speak on the business of food at Chatham University Breakfast Series Event

PITTSBURGH (May 2, 2013) … As Pittsburgh-based startups seek crowdfunding websites to get the necessary initial boost of investment, entrepreneur Josephine Caminos Oría of La Dorita will share her success story on May 10 at Chatham University. Using her flagship product Argentine-style Dulce de Leche as inspiration, Oría launched Kickstarter-funded Dulce de Leche Liquor in the fall of 2012. Oría, whose newest venture has led her into industrial kitchen share space, will be joined by Jennifer Flanagan, founder and chief business officer of Springboard Kitchens, and Alice Julier, program director and associate professor of food studies at Chatham University, to present on a panel entitled “The Business of Food: Accessibility, Affordability, and Capacity Building” from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series presented by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University.

Attendees will learn about the different facets and movements involved in the food industry in Pittsburgh and get a feel for what it takes to be a food entrepreneur in both for profit and nonprofit organizations. The interactive panel will focus on issues such as sustainability, distribution, shared kitchen space, food access, and food rescue.

The cost to attend the breakfast is $25 ($12.50 for students with a valid student ID). For more information or to register for this event, visit or call 412-365-1253. Sponsors of The Center include PNC Bank, UPMC Health Plan, and UPS along with Baierl Automotive. The United Way Women’s Leadership Council is the nonprofit program partner for this event.

About The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship
The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University is dedicated to creating economic opportunities for women through entrepreneurial education and training, mentoring, and networking. Founded in 2005, The Center has expanded its reach throughout Southwestern PA to help an increasing number of businesswomen learn, network, connect, and achieve their business goals.

Current funding for The Center provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, with additional support provided by the PNC Foundation and the Alcoa Foundation. Initial funding for The Center was also provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the Lois Tack Thompson Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation. For more information about programs offered by The Center call 412-365-1253 or visit

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of over 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit