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Chatham University partners with EARTH University in Costa Rica to provide its graduates with exclusive one-year master’s degrees programs

PITTSBURGH—Chatham University announces a new exclusive partnership with EARTH University, an innovative international institution located in the heart of a tropical rainforest in Costa Rica. Graduates of EARTH University have the exclusive opportunity to enroll in one-year master’s degrees at Chatham’s School of Sustainability and the Environment (SSE). Designed specifically for EARTH graduates, Chatham’s one-year Master of Sustainability (MSUS) and Master of Arts in Food Studies (MAFS) programs will prepare students to address the complex sustainability and food system challenges facing individuals, communities, nations, ecosystems, and corporations around the world.

Chatham and EARTH University share many foundational principles. They both place a great importance on ethical values, entrepreneurialism, and a commitment to addressing environmental, social, and economic issues. Chatham’s sustainability and food studies programs are natural extensions of what is instilled at EARTH University. In coming to Chatham, EARTH graduates will be able to further develop their expertise in the U.S. context and complement their tropical experience with Chatham’s temperate setting.

 
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Chatham University receives international award for its comprehensive sustainability transformation

Chatham was the only North American institution to receive a Sustainable Campus Excellence Award at the International Sustainable Campus Network ceremony on June 19

PITTSBURGH—Chatham University President Esther L. Barazzone, Ph.D., accepted an award on June 19 from the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) for excellence in integration at the fifth annual ISCN Sustainable Campus Excellence Award Ceremony. Chatham was the only North American institution to be honored at the ceremony. The ceremony was held at National University of Singapore, the host of this year’s annual ISCN conference, which brings together thought leaders from top-tier universities around the world for the opportunity to exchange perspectives and form global partnerships in pursuit of sustainability.

These ISCN Sustainable Campus Excellence Awards recognize universities for exceptional sustainability efforts in campus planning, integration with academics, student leadership, and exemplary building projects. Matthew Gardner, of the ISCN Secretariat remarks, “This year’s award winners have clearly demonstrated that the energy and ingenuity found in higher education can be used to solve the challenges of sustainability. It is an honor for us to provide global recognition for universities leading us to a brighter future.”

Chatham’s efforts to-date are leading up to this fall’s opening of Eden Hall Campus, the first academic community in the world built from the ground up for sustainable development, living, and learning. Designed to ultimately serve more than 1,500 students while producing zero carbon emissions and more energy than it consumes, Eden Hall will feature high performance green buildings and the latest in sustainable land, energy, and water management techniques. By protecting valuable watersheds, incorporating surrounding land and agricultural resources, and rehabilitating existing farm structures alongside developing new, green buildings, Eden Hall will be a one-of-a-kind venue for education, conferences, community outreach, and ecotourism.

The ISCN Sustainable Campus Excellence Award is the latest in a string of recent accolades Chatham has received for its sustainability efforts. Recent honors include the prestigious 2013 Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature, being listed as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada on the Princeton Review Green Honor Roll with a perfect Green Rating score for two consecutive years, earning an AASHE STARS Gold Rating, and receiving recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the League of American Bicyclists. Since becoming a charter signatory of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2007 and pledging to be carbon-neutral by 2025, Chatham’s square footage and enrollment have increased by 36 percent and 45 percent, respectively, yet has reduced its greenhouse gas net emissions by 68 percent.

The full list of this year’s winners of the ISCN Sustainable Campus Excellence Awards is as follows:

Excellence in Building: University of Gothenburg (Sweden)
Excellence in Campus: Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland)
Excellence in Integration: Chatham University (United States of America)
Excellence in Integration: Anglia Ruskin University (United Kingdom)
Excellence in Student Leadership: Zhejiang University (China)

These awards are open to any college or university worldwide that has developed outstanding planning, construction, or educational projects that promote sustainability on campus and in the surrounding community.

About the ISCN The ISCN provides a global forum for universities pursuing sustainability across their educational and research missions, and operations. ISCN Members commit to sustainability principles and report their performance according to the ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter, which was jointly developed with the World Economic Forum’s Global University Leaders Forum. Founded in 2007, the ISCN features international awards, conferences, and working groups to promote best practice exchange. More information on the ISCN and its Members, can be found at http://www.international-sustainable-campus-network.org/.

ISCN Secretariat Matthew Gardner can be reached at matthew.gardner@isc-network.org and 617-330-5001.

About Chatham University
Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa., has a long history of commitment to the environment and today is a recognized leader in the field of sustainability. Chatham is also one of only 22 schools in the U.S. to be named to The Princeton Review’s 2013 Green College Honor Roll and is mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for “green living.” Building on its accomplishments, Chatham is breaking new ground by building one of the world’s first fully sustainable campuses in higher education. Located on 388 acres just north of Pittsburgh, the new, Eden Hall Campus integrates sustainable development, learning, and living throughout its design. Here, students of all disciplines learn to solve complex sustainability and environmental challenges facing urban environments through immersion in a range of fields, including food and sustainable agriculture, energy and climate, water, design and planning, and community and health. Eden Hall Campus opens fall 2013. More information and a 3-D walkthrough available at www.chatham.edu/edenhall.

 

Chatham University cohosts the 2013 Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences conference

PITTSBURGH—Chatham University is cohosting the 2013 Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) conference, which takes place June 19-22 at Duquesne University. Taking advantage of the social, geographical, and environmental opportunities that the greater Pittsburgh region has to offer, the AESS conference’s theme “Linking rural and urban societies and ecologies” will guide the exploration of social-ecological systems in an increasingly urbanized and politicized world — through food, architecture, climate change, water, business, energy, transportation, education, values, fairness, and wellbeing, among others. Fracking, food security, energy, and sustainability progress in Pittsburgh will be the focus of several panel discussions throughout the conference. More details about the AESS Conference, including the full conference program and schedule, are available at www.aess.info.

As part of the conference, a photography exhibition of the Aral Sea global disaster will be on display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, in the lobby of Mellon Hall at Duquesne. This exhibition accompanies the two-part panel presentation titled “The Lessons of the Aral Sea Disaster: A photographic journey through loss and sad beauty,” which is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. The presentation will be led by Ambassador Dilyor Khakimov, permanent representative of Uzbekistan to the United Nations and Mike Edelstein, professor and director of the Institute for Environmental Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

The tragedy of the Aral, which in the space of two generations has turned from one of the world’s most beautiful deep blue seas into a shrinking, brackish water reservoir, is that it stands as a vivid example and evidence of humankind’s irresponsible attitude towards ecosystems, and then towards acknowledging and solving environmental problems. Uzbekistan and the entire Central Asia region are faced with the continuing deterioration of social, ecological and economic conditions in the wider zone of the ecological disaster. Over recent generations, the

Aral Sea shrank by seven times, the volume of water decreased 13 times, its mineralization increased tenfold, all of these making the sea an unsuitable place for living organisms.

Meteorological evidence already links the loss of the Aral with climate change in the region today. There are important lessons to learn from the environmental, socio-economic and technological decisions humans made in the Aral that tie into how we consider our responsibility to nature within large-scale projects. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, during his travels to the Aral Sea area in April 2010, recognized that the problems that the Aral region suffers from have planetary-scale consequences. The Aral Sea used to be the fourth-largest inland sea on Earth, providing ecosystem services, climate control and enabling human habitation. Today it is almost completely desiccated; the resulting water, livelihood and contamination problems remain for millions of people living in this region.

About the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS)
AESS is an independent faculty- and student-based professional association in higher education, designed to serve the needs of environmental scholars and scientists who value interdisciplinary approaches to research, teaching, and problem-solving. Founded in 2008, AESS seeks to provide its members with the latest environmental information and tools to create better courses, strengthen research, develop more satisfying careers, harness the power of a collective voice for the profession, and enjoy each other’s company at national and regional meetings. A major aim of AESS is to encourage interdisciplinary understanding of environmental science, policy, management, ethics, history, and all of the other vital contributions of traditional disciplines. From its beginning, AESS has been envisioned as a community of environmental scholars and scientists, not a confederation of disciplines. Fundamental to its members’ embrace of higher education is the notion that broad advances in environmental knowledge require disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary approaches to research and learning.

About Chatham University
Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa., has a long history of commitment to the environment and today is a recognized leader in the field of sustainability. Chatham is also one of only 22 schools in the U.S. to be named to The Princeton Review’s 2013 Green College Honor Roll and is mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for “green living.” Building on its accomplishments, Chatham is breaking new ground by building one of the world’s first fully sustainable campuses in higher education. Located on 388 acres just north of Pittsburgh, the new, Eden Hall Campus integrates sustainable development, learning, and living throughout its design. Here, students of all disciplines learn to solve complex sustainability and environmental challenges facing urban environments through immersion in a range of fields, including food and sustainable agriculture, energy and climate, water, design and planning, and our community and health. Eden Hall Campus opens fall 2013 and will be the future home of Chatham’s School of Sustainability and the Environment, which offers such academic programs as the Master of Sustainability, Master of Arts in Food Studies, Executive Master of Sustainability Leadership, and coming Fall 2014, a Bachelor of Sustainability.

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Chatham University welcomes Timothy Bass as the new dean of Chatham’s online and continuing education programs

PITTSBURGH–Chatham University announced that Timothy Bass is the new dean of the College for Continuing and Professional Studies and online education, effective June 1. In this role, Bass will provide administrative oversight and leadership for Chatham’s endeavors in online and continuing education. Chatham University now offers 10 online degree programs. Of Chatham’s total enrollment, 17 percent are enrolled in one of these programs.

“Tim comes with tremendous business experience in developing online programs, and I am so excited about his leadership of Chatham’s continuing and online education,” says Wenying Xu, vice president for academic affairs at Chatham.

Most recently, Bass served as the director of new programs at Education Management Corporation (EDMC), where he was responsible for the strategy, roadmap, and development of differentiated education programs to drive student success across three major brands. Since 2009, he has been instrumental to EDMC’s growth in online degree programs and student enrollments. In addition, he has also taught organizational management and advertising and product marketing as an adjunct faculty member at Community College of Allegheny County.

Bass received his Bachelor of Science in marketing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his Master of Business Administration in management from Robert Morris University.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region throughout the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility, and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.

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Chatham University receives prestigious Climate Leadership Award

Awards recognize colleges and universities for innovation and leadership in sustainability

PITTSBURGH—Chatham University has been selected to receive a 2013 Climate Leadership Award by Second Nature, a national nonprofit that works to create a healthy, just, and sustainable society by transforming higher education. The awards are presented annually to signatory institutions of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) that demonstrate innovative and advanced leadership in education for sustainability and climate mitigation and adaptation.

“These exemplary institutions have shown us that bold action on climate is not only possible but pragmatic,” said David Hales, president of Second Nature. “Their operational, educational, and community initiative are fueling the thought behind what is both necessary and achievable in addressing climate change, and the labors of these leading institutions will benefit all of society.”

This year, the award program’s fourth, drew the most competitive pool of nominations to date. The winners were among 20 finalists chosen by Second Nature’s board and represent the diversity of higher education institutions across the United States.

This award continues Chatham’s recent accomplishments and recognition including selection for two consecutive years as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada on the Princeton Review Green Honor Roll with a perfect Green Rating score. In addition, Chatham’s commitment to sustainability and the environment earned it an AASHE STARS Gold Rating and recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the League of American Bicyclists, among others.

“We are an institution dedicated to sustainability, building on our historic roots and longstanding commitment to science and environmental education,” said Esther L. Barazzone, president of Chatham University. “We are honored to be recognized for our sustainability efforts to-date, and to continue our work in partnership with the larger community on urban sustainable transformation in Pittsburgh and beyond.”

Chatham’s nomination for the Climate Leadership Award was based in part on its greenhouse gas reduction initiative. Since becoming a charter signatory of the ACUPCC in 2007 and pledging to be carbon-neutral by 2025, Chatham’s square footage and enrollment have increased by 36 percent and 45 percent, respectively, yet has reduced its greenhouse gas net emissions by 68 percent. The ACUPCC network celebrated its fifth year with a 25 percent (10.2 million MtCO0e) reduction in gross greenhouse gas emissions by its network. Based on current projections, signatories are expected to reach a 93 percent reduction by 2050. More details about the network’s progress can be found at www.secondnature.org/acupcc-progress.

*Note for editors: Statistics taken from ACUPCC online Reporting System. Institution profiles are publicly available at rs.acupcc.org.

About Chatham University
Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa., has a long history of commitment to the environment and today is a recognized leader in the field of sustainability. Chatham is also one of only 22 schools in the U.S. to be named to The Princeton Review’s 2013 Green College Honor Roll and is mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for “green living.” Building on its accomplishments, Chatham is breaking new ground by building one of the world’s first fully sustainable campuses in higher education. Located on 388 acres just north of Pittsburgh, the new, Eden Hall Campus integrates sustainable development, learning, and living throughout its design. Here, students of all disciplines learn to solve complex sustainability and environmental challenges facing urban environments through immersion in a range of fields, including food and sustainable agriculture, energy and climate, water, design and planning, and our community and health. Eden Hall Campus opens fall 2013.

About Second Nature
Second Nature works to create a healthy, just, and sustainable society beginning with the transformation of higher education. Second Nature is the support organization of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Learn more at: www.secondnature.org.

About the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment
The ACUPCC is an intensive partnership among 669 colleges and universities to accelerate the education, research, and community engagement to equip society to restablize the Earth’s climate while setting an example by eliminating net greenhouse gas emissions from their own operations. Learn more at: www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org.

 

The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University to host annual women’s leadership institute June 3-8

PITTSBURGH (June 3, 2013) … The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University will host the annual National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership™ Pennsylvania program, a weeklong intensive institute for women college students from colleges and universities throughout Pennsylvania. NEW Leadership 2013, to be held Monday, June 3, through Saturday, June 8, will host 40 women from 21 colleges and universities across Pennsylvania. The program cultivates the next generation of young women leaders by focusing on the role of women in politics and policy making in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Modeled after a program established by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, the institute features such topics as leadership in a diverse society, current and historical approaches to women’s participation in politics, networking with Pennsylvania women leaders, and the development of action skills in advocacy and leadership.

This year’s program is supported in part by a $20,000 grant from the EQT Foundation, which identifies and supports the efforts its operating regions to produce an abundant and well-trained workforce, a diverse and economically viable business climate, and an environmentally safe and stable infrastructure.

“At EQT, we believe strongly in supporting programs that prepare the talent in our operating regions to be future leaders,” said Charlene Petrelli, President, EQT Foundation. “Educational opportunities such as Chatham’s National Education for Women’s Leadership Pennsylvania Program play a critical role in the economic success of the communities that will be touched by these women. The EQT Foundation is proud to support this future generation of leaders.”

NEW Leadership 2013 will include a dinner honoring The Honorable Barbara Hafer, who took office as Pennsylvania’s 74th treasurer in January 1997, following eight years of public service as the state’s auditor general. She was reelected treasurer in November 2000. Through her work in both offices, she has earned a reputation as a critic of government waste and advocate of fiscal openness and accountability.

This year’s program will also feature practitioner-in-residence Nancy Bocskor, author of “Go Fish: How to Catch (and Keep) Contributors: A Practical Guide to Fundraising” and a professor of strategic communication and fundraising at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.

A sought-after speaker and internationally renowned expert in applied democracy, she is a trainer and consultant whose client list includes citizen activists and organizations in the United States and abroad. Bocskor serves on the board of Running Start, an organization that encourages young women to enter public service. She served as a faculty member of The 2012 Project, a program sponsored by the Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics to encourage women to run for political office. A past vice president of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale, she chaired the school’s Curriculum Committee for five years. Nancy recently joined the Board of Advisors for the Center for Second Service, an organization dedicated to getting veterans elected to Congress and sponsored by George Washington University.

About the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University
The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University is a non–partisan center devoted to fostering women’s public leadership through education, empowerment, and action. The first to focus on women’s political involvement in Pennsylvania, the PCWP integrates disciplinary knowledge, civic education, and coalition building while examining the intersection of women and public policy. The Center conducts candidate and advocacy trainings, offers educational programs in applied politics, and provides timely analysis on women’s issues. The Center is also home to the University’s membership in Project Pericles – a select group of liberal arts colleges and universities that have made institutional commitments to promoting participatory citizenship and social responsibility.

The Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy was established in 1998 through the generosity of the Hillman Foundation, Inc. and the Maurice Falk Medical Foundation. It was then reconceived and endowed in 2003, by the Hillman Foundation.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.

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Princeton Review and Environmental Protection Agency recognizes Chatham University as leader in sustainability for second consecutive year

Chatham named to the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll, included in “Guide to 322 Green Colleges,” and named EPA Individual Conference Champion

PITTSBURGH (May 2, 2013) … Both the Princeton Review and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently recognized Chatham University for the second consecutive year as a national leader in sustainability.

According to the Princeton Review, Chatham University is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada. As one of only 21 schools to earn a perfect Green Rating score of 99 out of 99, Chatham is included on the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll and is profiled in the fourth annual edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges.”

The fourth annual edition of this free guide profiles institutions of higher education that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation. More information about Chatham’s inclusion in the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll and “Guide to 322 Green Colleges” is available on Chatham’s news page.

The same week the Princeton Review honors were announced, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Chatham for the second consecutive year as the 2012-2013 Individual Conference Champion for using more green power than any other school in the President’s Athletic Conference. More information about Chatham’s recognition as the top green power purchaser in the President’s Athletic Conference is available on Chatham’s news page.

As a charter signatory of the President’s Climate Commitment, Chatham is committed to becoming carbon-neutral by 2025. Since signing in 2007, Chatham’s square footage and enrollment have increased by 36 percent and 45 percent, respectively, yet has reduced its greenhouse gas net emissions by 68 percent. The Chatham University Climate Committee (students, staff, and faculty) supports sustainability and climate action goals through research, reduction projects, and outreach initiatives. Chatham’s commitment to sustainability and the environment earned it an AASHE STARS Gold Rating and recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council, the Environmental Protection Agency, the League of American Bicyclists, among others.

“Chatham University is proud to again receive recognition from the Princeton Review and the Environmental Protection Agency for our commitment to excellence in our sustainability efforts,” says Mary Whitney, sustainability coordinator at Chatham.

About Chatham University
Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa., has a long history of commitment to the environment and today is a recognized leader in the field of sustainability Building on its accomplishments, Chatham is breaking new ground by building one of the world’s first fully sustainable campuses in higher education. Chatham is also one of only 22 schools in the U.S. to be named to The Princeton Review’s 2013 Green College Honor Roll and is mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for “green living.”

Located on 388 acres of formerly undeveloped farm and woodlands about 20 miles north of Pittsburgh, the new, Eden Hall Campus integrates sustainable development, learning, and living throughout its design. Here, students of all disciplines learn to solve complex sustainability and environmental challenges through immersion in a range of fields, including food and sustainable agriculture, energy and climate, water, design and planning, and our community and health.

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Pittsburgh “Foodies” to speak on the business of food at Chatham University Breakfast Series Event

PITTSBURGH (May 2, 2013) … As Pittsburgh-based startups seek crowdfunding websites to get the necessary initial boost of investment, entrepreneur Josephine Caminos Oría of La Dorita will share her success story on May 10 at Chatham University. Using her flagship product Argentine-style Dulce de Leche as inspiration, Oría launched Kickstarter-funded Dulce de Leche Liquor in the fall of 2012. Oría, whose newest venture has led her into industrial kitchen share space, will be joined by Jennifer Flanagan, founder and chief business officer of Springboard Kitchens, and Alice Julier, program director and associate professor of food studies at Chatham University, to present on a panel entitled “The Business of Food: Accessibility, Affordability, and Capacity Building” from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series presented by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University.

Attendees will learn about the different facets and movements involved in the food industry in Pittsburgh and get a feel for what it takes to be a food entrepreneur in both for profit and nonprofit organizations. The interactive panel will focus on issues such as sustainability, distribution, shared kitchen space, food access, and food rescue.

The cost to attend the breakfast is $25 ($12.50 for students with a valid student ID). For more information or to register for this event, visit www.chatham.edu/cwe or call 412-365-1253. Sponsors of The Center include PNC Bank, UPMC Health Plan, and UPS along with Baierl Automotive. The United Way Women’s Leadership Council is the nonprofit program partner for this event.

About The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship
The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University is dedicated to creating economic opportunities for women through entrepreneurial education and training, mentoring, and networking. Founded in 2005, The Center has expanded its reach throughout Southwestern PA to help an increasing number of businesswomen learn, network, connect, and achieve their business goals.

Current funding for The Center provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, with additional support provided by the PNC Foundation and the Alcoa Foundation. Initial funding for The Center was also provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the Lois Tack Thompson Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation. For more information about programs offered by The Center call 412-365-1253 or visit www.chatham.edu/cwe.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of over 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit www.chatham.edu.

 

Chatham University Recognized by EPA as TOP green power purchaser in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference in 2012-13

This is the second consecutive year that Chatham has been recognized as the Individual Conference Champion of the College and University Green Power Challenge

PITTSBURGH (April 24, 2013) … Chatham University was recently recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a 2012-2013 Individual Conference Champion of the College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference. This is the second consecutive year in which Chatham earned this distinction.

Also, for the second consecutive year, Chatham University is one of just 21 colleges to be named to The Princeton Review’s Green Rating Honor Roll and was included in the Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges. Chatham’s commitment to sustainability and the environment earned it an AASHE STARS Gold Rating and recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council, the Environmental Protection Agency, the League of American Bicyclists, among others.

Since April 2006, EPA’s Green Power Partnership has tracked and recognized the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power purchases in the nation. The Individual Conference Champion Award recognizes the school that has made the largest individual purchase of green power within a qualifying conference.

Chatham University beat its conference rivals by using 12 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 100 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. Chatham University purchases renewable energy certificates from Renewable Choice Energy, which helps to reduce the environmental impacts associated with the campus’ electricity use.

According to the U.S. EPA, Chatham University’s green power use of 12 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the electricity use of more than 1,000 American homes annually, or the CO2 emissions of nearly 2,000 vehicles per year.

“EPA applauds Chatham University as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Champion for the second year in a row in EPA’s College and University Green Power Challenge,” said Blaine Collison, Director of EPA’s Green Power Partnership. “By choosing to use 100 percent renewable electricity to power its campus, Chatham is reducing carbon pollution and demonstrating exceptional environmental leadership.”

“Chatham University supports green power through many avenues, in an effort to reduce our own footprint and to support the renewable power industry,” says Chatham Sustainability Coordinator Mary Whitney. “We own and operate our own solar thermal water systems, and we purchase Green-e certified American renewable energy credits equivalent to the electricity we use annually.”

Thirty-two collegiate conferences and 76 schools competed in the 2012-13 challenge, collectively purchasing more than 2.2 billion kWh of green power. In order to qualify, a collegiate athletic conference must include at least one school that qualifies as a Green Power Partner, and the conference must collectively use at least 10 million kWh of green power annually.

Sustainability-focused courses offered across disciplines represent Chatham’s belief that sustainability is a responsibility we all share. Chatham’s School of Sustainability and the Environment (SSE) offers a Master of Sustainability, a Master of Arts in Food Studies, an Executive Master of Sustainability Leadership, and beginning fall 2014, a Bachelor of Sustainability. . Chatham is constructing Eden Hall Campus, the future home of SSE and a zero-net energy campus being built as a living and learning laboratory for the study of sustainability.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of over 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit www.chatham.edu.

About EPA’s Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,400 Partner organizations voluntarily purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies, small and medium sized businesses, local, state, and federal governments, and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower.

For more information about EPA’s College and University Green Power Challenge, visit the Challenge website at www.epa.gov/greenpower/initiatives/cu_challenge.htm.

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Chatham University named to the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll and included in the “Guide to 322 Green Colleges” for second consecutive year

Chatham is one of 21 higher education institutions in the United States and Canada to earn a perfect Green Rating score

PITTSBURGH (April 24, 2013) … Chatham University is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to the Princeton Review. As one of only 21 schools to earn a perfect Green Rating score of 99 out of 99, Chatham is included on the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll and is profiled in the fourth annual edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges.”

The fourth annual edition of this free guide profiles institutions of higher education that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.

This honor was announced the same week Chatham was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the second consecutive year as the 2012-2013 Individual Conference Champion for using more green power than any other school in the President’s Athletic Conference.

As a charter signatory of the President’s Climate Commitment, Chatham is committed to becoming carbon-neutral by 2025. Since signing in 2007, Chatham’s square footage and enrollment have increased by 36 percent and 45 percent, respectively, yet has reduced its greenhouse gas net emissions by 68 percent. The Chatham University Climate Committee (students, staff, and faculty) supports sustainability and climate action goals through research, reduction projects, and outreach initiatives. Chatham’s commitment to sustainability and the environment earned it an AASHE STARS Gold Rating and recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council, the Environmental Protection Agency, the League of American Bicyclists, among others.

“Chatham University is proud to again be included in the Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges,” says Mary Whitney, sustainability coordinator at Chatham. “We are grateful to be recognized for our commitment to excellence in our sustainability efforts.”

“We are truly pleased to recommend Chatham University along with all of the fine schools in this book to the many students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally-responsible choices and practices,” said Robert Franek, senior VP and publisher at The Princeton Review.

Franek noted his Company’s recent survey findings indicating significant interest among college applicants in attending “green” colleges. “Among 9,955 college applicants who participated in our 2013 ‘College Hopes & Worries Survey,’ 62 percent said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school,” he said.

The Princeton Review created its “Guide to 322 Green Colleges” in partnership with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), with generous support from United Technologies Corp., founding sponsor of the Center for Green Schools.

“Selecting a four-year college is a big choice,” said Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. “When we learned that the majority of prospective college students factor a school’s commitment to sustainability into their selection criteria, we wanted to ensure we were providing the best information. We’re thrilled to team up with The Princeton Review for the fourth year to offer a guide to help make our future college students’ choices a little easier.”

How Schools Were Chosen for the Book
The Princeton Review chose the 322 schools based on a survey it conducted in 2012 of hundreds of colleges across the U.S. and in Canada to tally its annual “Green Rating” scores (scaled from 60 to 99) of colleges for its school profiles in its college guidebooks and website. The survey asks administrators more than 50 questions about their institution’s sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. The Company tallied Green Ratings for 806 institutions in summer 2012. The 322 schools in this guide received scores of 83 or above in that assessment. (Note: The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in this guide hierarchically (1 to 322) according to their Green Rating scores, nor does it include those scores in this book’s school profiles.) Information about The Princeton Review’s Green Rating methodology and its “Green Honor Roll” list saluting schools that received Green Ratings of 99 is at http://www.princetonreview.com/green.aspx.

About Chatham University
Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa., has a long history of commitment to the environment and today is a recognized leader in the field of sustainability Building on its accomplishments, Chatham is breaking new ground by building one of the world’s first fully sustainable campuses in higher education. Chatham is also one of only 22 schools in the U.S. to be named to The Princeton Review’s 2013 Green College Honor Roll and is mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for “green living.”

Located on 388 acres of formerly undeveloped farm and woodlands about 20 miles north of Pittsburgh, the new, Eden Hall Campus integrates sustainable development, learning, and living throughout its design. Here, students of all disciplines learn to solve complex sustainability and environmental challenges through immersion in a range of fields, including food and sustainable agriculture, energy and climate, water, design and planning, and our community and health.

About The Princeton Review
he Princeton Review (www.princetonreview.com) has been a pioneer and leader in helping students achieve their higher education goals for 30 years through college and graduate school test preparation, private tutoring, and more than 150 print and digital publications. The team includes over 5,000 teachers and tutors in the US and Canada, and a network of international franchisees. The Princeton Review provides students and their parents with the resources to research, apply to, prepare for, and learn how to pay for higher education. The company also partners with schools and guidance counselors worldwide to assist in college readiness, test preparation and career planning services, helping more students pursue postsecondary education.

About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org and connect on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

About the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council
The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is how USGBC is making sure every student has the opportunity to attend a green school within this generation. From the kindergartner entering the classroom to the Ph.D. student performing research in a lab, the Center provides the resources and support to elevate dialogue, accelerate policy and institute innovation toward green schools and campuses. Thanks in part to generous support from founding sponsor United Technologies Corporation (www.utc.com), the Center works directly with staff, teachers, faculty, students, administrators, elected officials and communities to drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable places to live and learn, work and play. For more information, please visit www.centerforgreenschools.org.

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