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Chatham Expands Sustainability Commitments & Recognition

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.

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Chatham Food Studies Director & Students Speak at International Food Conference

PITTSBURGH:  Alice Julier of Chatham University delivered the inaugural keynote speech at the bi-annual Perugia Food & Sustainability Studies Conference, an international scholarly meeting held in Perugia, Italy whose theme was “Perspectives on Food and Landscapes.” Julier is Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Food Studies at Chatham University, as well as the Associate Dean of the Falk School of Sustainability. She is interested in social movements, domestic life, labor, consumption, and inequality in food systems; her pedagogical approach maintains a focus on training students to be actors and activists dedicated to making food systems more sustainable.

Two students in Chatham’s Master of Arts in Food Studies program also presented at the food conference. Elise Miranda presented her thesis work “Integrating Distillery Grain Waste into Consumable Goods as a Means of Food Waste Reduction.” Kate Laubacher, also an alumna of Umbra’s Food & Sustainability Studies Program, shared her thesis “Conviviality and Community: Third Places in the U.S. and Europe.” Laubacher will remain in Perugia for two weeks to continue her research as she observes third places throughout Perugia. Laubacher is taking advantage of resources available at the Umbra Institute’s library, access to which was made possible by an agreement between Chatham and the Umbra Institute.

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Dr. Peter Walker on speaker panel at Pittsburgh Earth Day Sustainability Business Breakfast

PITTSBURGH, PA:  As part of the 2nd annual Pittsburgh Earth Day celebration, the 2016 Sustainability Business Breakfast will bring together a panel of local professionals, including Dean Peter Walker of Chatham’s Falk School of Sustainability, to discuss the sustainability movement flourishing in the region.

The Sustainability Business Breakfast is free by reservation and will be held from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM on Earth Day, April 22nd at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Attendees will enjoy a continental breakfast while local sustainability experts and business leaders share their stories and insight regarding the green progress in Pittsburgh.

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