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Chatham University cohosts the 2013 Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences conference

PITTSBURGH—Chatham University is cohosting the 2013 Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) conference, which takes place June 19-22 at Duquesne University. Taking advantage of the social, geographical, and environmental opportunities that the greater Pittsburgh region has to offer, the AESS conference’s theme “Linking rural and urban societies and ecologies” will guide the exploration of social-ecological systems in an increasingly urbanized and politicized world — through food, architecture, climate change, water, business, energy, transportation, education, values, fairness, and wellbeing, among others. Fracking, food security, energy, and sustainability progress in Pittsburgh will be the focus of several panel discussions throughout the conference. More details about the AESS Conference, including the full conference program and schedule, are available at www.aess.info.

As part of the conference, a photography exhibition of the Aral Sea global disaster will be on display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, in the lobby of Mellon Hall at Duquesne. This exhibition accompanies the two-part panel presentation titled “The Lessons of the Aral Sea Disaster: A photographic journey through loss and sad beauty,” which is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. The presentation will be led by Ambassador Dilyor Khakimov, permanent representative of Uzbekistan to the United Nations and Mike Edelstein, professor and director of the Institute for Environmental Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

The tragedy of the Aral, which in the space of two generations has turned from one of the world’s most beautiful deep blue seas into a shrinking, brackish water reservoir, is that it stands as a vivid example and evidence of humankind’s irresponsible attitude towards ecosystems, and then towards acknowledging and solving environmental problems. Uzbekistan and the entire Central Asia region are faced with the continuing deterioration of social, ecological and economic conditions in the wider zone of the ecological disaster. Over recent generations, the

Aral Sea shrank by seven times, the volume of water decreased 13 times, its mineralization increased tenfold, all of these making the sea an unsuitable place for living organisms.

Meteorological evidence already links the loss of the Aral with climate change in the region today. There are important lessons to learn from the environmental, socio-economic and technological decisions humans made in the Aral that tie into how we consider our responsibility to nature within large-scale projects. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, during his travels to the Aral Sea area in April 2010, recognized that the problems that the Aral region suffers from have planetary-scale consequences. The Aral Sea used to be the fourth-largest inland sea on Earth, providing ecosystem services, climate control and enabling human habitation. Today it is almost completely desiccated; the resulting water, livelihood and contamination problems remain for millions of people living in this region.

About the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS)
AESS is an independent faculty- and student-based professional association in higher education, designed to serve the needs of environmental scholars and scientists who value interdisciplinary approaches to research, teaching, and problem-solving. Founded in 2008, AESS seeks to provide its members with the latest environmental information and tools to create better courses, strengthen research, develop more satisfying careers, harness the power of a collective voice for the profession, and enjoy each other’s company at national and regional meetings. A major aim of AESS is to encourage interdisciplinary understanding of environmental science, policy, management, ethics, history, and all of the other vital contributions of traditional disciplines. From its beginning, AESS has been envisioned as a community of environmental scholars and scientists, not a confederation of disciplines. Fundamental to its members’ embrace of higher education is the notion that broad advances in environmental knowledge require disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary approaches to research and learning.

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. 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.” Building on its accomplishments, Chatham is breaking new ground by building one of the world’s first fully sustainable campuses in higher education. Located on 388 acres just 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 facing urban environments through immersion in a range of fields, including food and sustainable agriculture, energy and climate, water, design and planning, and our community and health. Eden Hall Campus opens fall 2013 and will be the future home of Chatham’s School of Sustainability and the Environment, which offers such academic programs as the Master of Sustainability, Master of Arts in Food Studies, Executive Master of Sustainability Leadership, and coming Fall 2014, a Bachelor of Sustainability.

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Chatham University welcomes Timothy Bass as the new dean of Chatham’s online and continuing education programs

PITTSBURGH–Chatham University announced that Timothy Bass is the new dean of the College for Continuing and Professional Studies and online education, effective June 1. In this role, Bass will provide administrative oversight and leadership for Chatham’s endeavors in online and continuing education. Chatham University now offers 10 online degree programs. Of Chatham’s total enrollment, 17 percent are enrolled in one of these programs.

“Tim comes with tremendous business experience in developing online programs, and I am so excited about his leadership of Chatham’s continuing and online education,” says Wenying Xu, vice president for academic affairs at Chatham.

Most recently, Bass served as the director of new programs at Education Management Corporation (EDMC), where he was responsible for the strategy, roadmap, and development of differentiated education programs to drive student success across three major brands. Since 2009, he has been instrumental to EDMC’s growth in online degree programs and student enrollments. In addition, he has also taught organizational management and advertising and product marketing as an adjunct faculty member at Community College of Allegheny County.

Bass received his Bachelor of Science in marketing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his Master of Business Administration in management from Robert Morris University.

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 throughout 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 www.chatham.edu.

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Chatham University receives prestigious Climate Leadership Award

Awards recognize colleges and universities for innovation and leadership in sustainability

PITTSBURGH—Chatham University has been selected to receive a 2013 Climate Leadership Award by Second Nature, a national nonprofit that works to create a healthy, just, and sustainable society by transforming higher education. The awards are presented annually to signatory institutions of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) that demonstrate innovative and advanced leadership in education for sustainability and climate mitigation and adaptation.

“These exemplary institutions have shown us that bold action on climate is not only possible but pragmatic,” said David Hales, president of Second Nature. “Their operational, educational, and community initiative are fueling the thought behind what is both necessary and achievable in addressing climate change, and the labors of these leading institutions will benefit all of society.”

This year, the award program’s fourth, drew the most competitive pool of nominations to date. The winners were among 20 finalists chosen by Second Nature’s board and represent the diversity of higher education institutions across the United States.

This award continues Chatham’s recent accomplishments and recognition including selection for two consecutive years as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada on the Princeton Review Green Honor Roll with a perfect Green Rating score. In addition, 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, and the League of American Bicyclists, among others.

“We are an institution dedicated to sustainability, building on our historic roots and longstanding commitment to science and environmental education,” said Esther L. Barazzone, president of Chatham University. “We are honored to be recognized for our sustainability efforts to-date, and to continue our work in partnership with the larger community on urban sustainable transformation in Pittsburgh and beyond.”

Chatham’s nomination for the Climate Leadership Award was based in part on its greenhouse gas reduction initiative. Since becoming a charter signatory of the ACUPCC in 2007 and pledging to be carbon-neutral by 2025, 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 ACUPCC network celebrated its fifth year with a 25 percent (10.2 million MtCO0e) reduction in gross greenhouse gas emissions by its network. Based on current projections, signatories are expected to reach a 93 percent reduction by 2050. More details about the network’s progress can be found at www.secondnature.org/acupcc-progress.

*Note for editors: Statistics taken from ACUPCC online Reporting System. Institution profiles are publicly available at rs.acupcc.org.

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. 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.” Building on its accomplishments, Chatham is breaking new ground by building one of the world’s first fully sustainable campuses in higher education. Located on 388 acres just 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 facing urban environments through immersion in a range of fields, including food and sustainable agriculture, energy and climate, water, design and planning, and our community and health. Eden Hall Campus opens fall 2013.

About Second Nature
Second Nature works to create a healthy, just, and sustainable society beginning with the transformation of higher education. Second Nature is the support organization of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Learn more at: www.secondnature.org.

About the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment
The ACUPCC is an intensive partnership among 669 colleges and universities to accelerate the education, research, and community engagement to equip society to restablize the Earth’s climate while setting an example by eliminating net greenhouse gas emissions from their own operations. Learn more at: www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org.

The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University to host annual women’s leadership institute June 3-8

PITTSBURGH (June 3, 2013) … The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University will host the annual National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership™ Pennsylvania program, a weeklong intensive institute for women college students from colleges and universities throughout Pennsylvania. NEW Leadership 2013, to be held Monday, June 3, through Saturday, June 8, will host 40 women from 21 colleges and universities across Pennsylvania. The program cultivates the next generation of young women leaders by focusing on the role of women in politics and policy making in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Modeled after a program established by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, the institute features such topics as leadership in a diverse society, current and historical approaches to women’s participation in politics, networking with Pennsylvania women leaders, and the development of action skills in advocacy and leadership.

This year’s program is supported in part by a $20,000 grant from the EQT Foundation, which identifies and supports the efforts its operating regions to produce an abundant and well-trained workforce, a diverse and economically viable business climate, and an environmentally safe and stable infrastructure.

“At EQT, we believe strongly in supporting programs that prepare the talent in our operating regions to be future leaders,” said Charlene Petrelli, President, EQT Foundation. “Educational opportunities such as Chatham’s National Education for Women’s Leadership Pennsylvania Program play a critical role in the economic success of the communities that will be touched by these women. The EQT Foundation is proud to support this future generation of leaders.”

NEW Leadership 2013 will include a dinner honoring The Honorable Barbara Hafer, who took office as Pennsylvania’s 74th treasurer in January 1997, following eight years of public service as the state’s auditor general. She was reelected treasurer in November 2000. Through her work in both offices, she has earned a reputation as a critic of government waste and advocate of fiscal openness and accountability.

This year’s program will also feature practitioner-in-residence Nancy Bocskor, author of “Go Fish: How to Catch (and Keep) Contributors: A Practical Guide to Fundraising” and a professor of strategic communication and fundraising at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.

A sought-after speaker and internationally renowned expert in applied democracy, she is a trainer and consultant whose client list includes citizen activists and organizations in the United States and abroad. Bocskor serves on the board of Running Start, an organization that encourages young women to enter public service. She served as a faculty member of The 2012 Project, a program sponsored by the Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics to encourage women to run for political office. A past vice president of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale, she chaired the school’s Curriculum Committee for five years. Nancy recently joined the Board of Advisors for the Center for Second Service, an organization dedicated to getting veterans elected to Congress and sponsored by George Washington University.

About the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University
The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University is a non–partisan center devoted to fostering women’s public leadership through education, empowerment, and action. The first to focus on women’s political involvement in Pennsylvania, the PCWP integrates disciplinary knowledge, civic education, and coalition building while examining the intersection of women and public policy. The Center conducts candidate and advocacy trainings, offers educational programs in applied politics, and provides timely analysis on women’s issues. The Center is also home to the University’s membership in Project Pericles – a select group of liberal arts colleges and universities that have made institutional commitments to promoting participatory citizenship and social responsibility.

The Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy was established in 1998 through the generosity of the Hillman Foundation, Inc. and the Maurice Falk Medical Foundation. It was then reconceived and endowed in 2003, by the Hillman Foundation.

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 www.chatham.edu.

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