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Chatham Master of Accounting Student Wins Award for Paper On Sustainability Reporting for Investors

PITTSBURGH – Chatham Master of Accounting graduate student, Alexander Lake, was awarded first place in the 2014 Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) Student Writing Competition. Lake’s paper was entitled The Practice of Sustainability Reporting, its Challenges, and its Value for Investors, and is an important contribution to the discussion surrounding sustainability implementation.


Lake’s paper outlines the benefits of the sustainability reporting and the efforts of the newly formed Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. He writes that using these practices will ultimately minimize both a financial burden on businesses and an accountants’ burden of additional reporting. Excerpts from the paper will be published in the fall issue of the Pennsylvania CPA Journal and on the “Future CPAs” section of the PICPA website.

To read Alexander Lake’s full submission or to learn more about the PICPA, follow this link: http://www.picpa.org/Content/46808.aspx.

About Chatham University

Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa., has a long history of commitment to global understanding, women’s leadership and the environment. Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon, Rachel Carson, and is recognized today as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been selected for The Princeton Review’s Green College Guide listing four years in a row, named to Sierra magazines list of top 20 “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 opened in 2014 the world’s first fully sustainable campus in higher education, Eden Hall Campus, with completion of the first stage of construction on its 20-year master plan. Now fully coed, Chatham works to prepare its 2,000+ undergraduate and graduate students in the fields driving tomorrow’s economy—sustainability, health sciences, business and communication, and the arts and sciences.

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