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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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Chatham University is designated “Tree Campus USA” for 4th Year in a row

PITTSBURGH:   Chatham University was honored once again with Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. This is the fourth year in a row Chatham has been honored with this designation.

With elements designed for the original Andrew Mellon estate by the renowned Olmsted Brothers, Chatham’s campus encompasses a 32-acre arboretum featuring 115 varieties of species, including Japanese Flowering Crabapple, River Birch and Kentucky Coffee tree. Learn more about Chatham’s arboretum.

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Dr. Richard Alley, author of Earth: The Operator’s Manual, to give public lecture March 31

PITTSBURGH:   Dr. Richard Alley, author of Earth: The Operator’s Manual, will be giving a free public lecture at 8 P.M. on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Eddy Theater on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus. Dr. Alley’s lecture, “Optimistic Opportunities in the Greenhouse: Energy, Environment, Ethics, and Our Future”, will be followed by a book signing.

The event is part of Chatham’s annual All-Campus Author series and is sponsored by the School of Arts, Science and Business and Chatham’s Global Focus program, which this year is celebrating the Year of Climate Change.

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Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus Wins Engineering Award for Sustainable Innnovation

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.

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CHATHAM TO HOST PERC CONFERENCE APRIL 1, 2016

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University and the Falk School of Sustainability will host the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium’s (PERC) third annual 2016 Student Sustainability Symposium on April 1st from 9 am – 5 pm at Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus in Richland, PA.  The conference theme is “A Climate for Change,” and over 100 students from around the region are expected to attend the year’s conference.

The conference, in conjunction with Pennsylvania Green Colleges, will involve a series of panel sessions, roundtables, and poster competition. The event will also feature Mitch Tomashow, Sustainability Fellow at Philanthropy Northwest and former President of Unity College, presenting his “Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus.”

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Chatham’s Eden Hall Farm Receives Certificate of Organic Operation

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.

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Chatham University Receives STARS Gold Rating for Sustainability Achievements

PITTSBURGH:  In recognition of its sustainability achievements, Chatham University has received STARS Gold Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS is a program that measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. There are currently 731 institutions participating in the STARS program, and Chatham now holds the fourth-highest score out of all 731 participating institutions across the US and Canada.

“STARS was developed by the campus sustainability community to provide high standards for recognizing campus sustainability efforts,” said AASHE Executive Director Paul Rowland. “Chatham University has demonstrated a substantial commitment to sustainability by achieving a STARS Gold Rating and is to be congratulated for their efforts.”

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