Chatham News

2014 Commencement Details & Speaker

PITTSBURGH –Chatham University’s 2014 Commencement ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students will be held on Monday, May 19th at 10 a.m. in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland. The speaker and honorary degree recipient will be Denis Hayes, President and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation in Seattle, Washington.

At President & CEO of the Bullitt Foundation, Mr. Hayes leads an effort to mold the American Pacific Northwest into a global model of sustainability. Focusing mostly on the region’s largest cities (Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver) and its dominant industries, the foundation applies principles of the science of ecology to the design of ‘human ecosystems’. To “walk its talk”, the foundation built the Bullitt Center, designed to be “the greenest commercial building in the world,” which opened in Seattle on Earth Day 2013.  In addition to serving as President of the Bullitt Foundation, Mr. Hayes is the immediate past chair of the boards of trustees of the Energy Foundation and of the American Solar Energy Society.

Mr. Hayes also known for having been National Coordinator of the first Earth Day when he was 25.  Internationally, Mr. Hayes is recognized for having expanded Earth Day to more than 180 nations. It is now the world’s most widely observed secular holiday.  Mr. Hayes remains the honorary chair of the Earth Day Network.

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About The Bullitt Foundation
The Bullitt Foundation is a grantmaking organization focused on creating sustainable cities in the Pacific Northwest and southern British Columbia. Program areas include ecosystem services, energy, industry and technology, and urban ecology. The Foundation developed the Bullitt Center, which is recognized as the greenest commercial building in the world.

About Chatham University
Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa., has a long history of commitment to women’s leadership and issues advocacy, and is the alma mater of environmental icon, Rachel Carson. Today, Chatham is recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been named to The Princeton Review’s Green College Honor Roll, been honored by the US EPA, named to Sierra magazines list of top 25 “cool schools” and mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places “contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for green living.” Building on these accomplishments, Chatham will open in early 2014, the world’s first fully sustainable campuses in higher education, Eden Hall Campus, with completion of the first stage of construction on its 20-year master plan.

Consisting of three colleges and the Falk School of Sustainability, Chatham’s works to prepare its 2,000+ undergraduate and graduate students to create a brighter, healthier tomorrow through the fields of sustainability, health sciences, business and communication, and the arts and sciences.