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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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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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