ASCE Pittsburgh Section
PITTSBURGH: Chatham University announced that they have become a Charter Signatory of the Second Nature Climate Commitment to further commitments to carbon neutrality and resilience. The Climate Commitment, a signature program of Boston-based nonprofit Second Nature, requires Chatham to set climate targets, report on progress publicly, and collaborate with the surrounding community, all while integrating sustainability across the curriculum. Chatham is also a charter signatory American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (now called the Carbon Commitment), and received a Climate Leadership Award in 2013 from Second Nature for its efforts.
In addition to this latest commitment, Chatham was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an Individual Conference Champion of the 2015-16 College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference. Chatham beat its conference rivals by using 12 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 97 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. Chatham University is procuring renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Renewable Choice Energy. This demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives. According to the U.S. EPA, Chatham University’s green power use of 12 million kWh is equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 1,100 average American homes annually.
PITTSBURGH – Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus Summer Series, which drew more than 3,000 attendees to its next-generation, sustainable campus in Richland, PA, last season, will feature an expanded lineup for its third annual run this June-September. Presenting live performances against nature’s backdrop at the Hilda M. Willis Amphitheater, a KidsCan children’s festival and a series of educational farm-to-table gatherings, the series offers an unforgettable opportunity to experience art while immersed in the beauty of nature. Members of the public are invited to save the dates for the following Summer Series events:
Pittsburgh Opera: Fri., June 10, 7:30 p.m.; Free. More info.
Classical Music Under the Stars: Fri., July 15, 7:30 p.m.; Free. More info.
Bluegrass Festival in Partnership with Calliope: Sat., Aug. 13, 3-10 p.m.; Free. More info.
Singer/ Songwriter Jesse Daniel Edwards Featuring Nina Sainato: Sat., Aug. 20, 7:30-10 p.m.; Free. More info.
Donora: Sat., August 27, 7:30 p.m.; Free. More info.
Madcap Puppets presents Aesop Classic Fables: Sat., July 30, 10-11:15 a.m.; Free. More info.
The Improvised Shakespeare Company: Sat., Sept. 10, 7:30-9 p.m. Adults, $23; Students, $18. More info and reservations.
PITTSBURGH, PA: Chatham University has announced the completion of the first phase of construction of its Eden Hall Campus, and celebrated this milestone on Thursday, April 28, 2016 with the official grand opening and dedication of the new Esther Barazzone Center, which has been named in honor of Chatham’s retiring President, Dr. Esther Barazzone.
Spanning 23,000 square feet and two floors, The Esther Barazzone Center is a multi-purpose campus hub designed to exceed LEED Platinum standards and serves as the dining hall and main gathering space of this “first in the world” sustainable campus.
The Esther Barazzone Center features an innovative commercial and teaching kitchen where food from Eden Hall’s gardens and greenhouses will be prepared using 100% inductive heating, recycled through a heat loop. Power is generated from a mix of solar panels and two, highly efficient natural-gas powered micro-turbines generating electricity into the campus grid to offset use and model transitional carbon energy working in conjunction with renewable sources. In the center of the building is a large staircase, marking an aesthetic center point of the campus. The walls are earthen—using soil from the campus—with images of native trees and wood for the reclaimed from an old bowling alley. Other features include:
- A large cafeteria and student lounge space with seating for 250 people.
- A green wall of living plants—an installation that automatically waters itself. Herbs from the green wall will be used in the kitchen in the future.
- A large, tiered classroom with advanced media technology and a digital data display of Eden Hall’s various systems for students to analyze.
- A root cellar, with wood flooring that opens to the ground.
The dedication featured a lunch prepared in the Barazzone Center’s commercial teaching kitchen with keynote remarks by Barton Seaver, executive chef and sustainable seafood expert on “a mission to restore our relationship with the ocean, the land, and with each other—through dinner.” Seaver is the author of four books; was a Fellow with the Explorer Program at the National Geographic Society; and is the Director of the Healthy and Sustainable Food Program at the Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In addition, he is a member of the United States Culinary Corps, where he helps develop international conversations about sustainability and the role of culinary in resource management and public health.
PITTSBURGH: The American Society of Civil Engineers, Pittsburgh Section has presented Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus the 2016 Sustainability Award for Stormwater Management and Sanitary Systems. Previous winners of the award include Phipps Conservatory and Etna Green Streetscapes Project. Civil & Environmental Consultants, Biohabitats and Interface Engineering are the project engineers.
The Sustainability Award is made annually to an engineering project in recognition of creativity in the form of innovative sustainability. Projects must demonstrate innovation in sustainability, first and foremost, demonstrating adherence to the principles of economic, social and environmental sustainability. The criteria used to evaluate projects are: (a) the extent to which innovative design or construction methods improve economic, social and environmental sustainability; (b) the promise shown by the innovation to extend future developments in sustainability; (c) the degree to which the project extends public understanding of sustainability in construction; and d) the anticipated advantages to be obtained as a result of the project.
For a full list of winners, visit the ASCE website.
PITTSBURGH: Chatham University’s Eden Hall Farm has received a Certificate of Organic Operation from Pennsylvania Certified Organic. This Certificate guarantees that the Farm is compliant with the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program (7 CFR Part 205), and that products grown on the farm meet all organic standards. This certification allows Eden Hall Campus to continue its expansion as a teaching tool for students interested in organic certification, or for local growers wanting to know more about the certification process.