Chatham University

Summer 2018 Courses

Pittsburgh and its region was the birthplace of the American coal, oil and steel industry. In its heyday, it was one of the most polluted cities on the planet. Today it is transformed and now one of the leading city proponents of sustainability: an ideal place to study the evolution and future of sustainability.

This seven-week summer school is open to all students prepared to study at the graduate level.

Students take courses at Chatham's new sustainable Eden Hall Campus , taught by faculty in the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment. All courses feature extensive field visits across the Pittsburgh region.


SUS514 Sustainable Cities (Monday & Wednesday, 9:00 am - 11:30 am): This class analyzes cities as systems with subsystems including living, transportation, food, water, energy and waste that can all contribute to sustainability and quality of life. Using systems thinking, we will study approaches toward urban sustainability and climate resiliency.

SUS619 The Water's Edge (Monday & Wednesday, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm): The water's edge is rich with ecological and cultural activity. Through online discussions, field excursions, public service, participation in research, interactions with practitioners, and a curated exhibit, this course bridges theory with application for the science and policy relevant to the aquatic-terrestrial interface (e.g., streams, rivers, lakes and coastal shorelines)

SUS625 Restorative Environmental Justice (Tuesday & Thursday, 9:00 am - 11:30 am): This course analyzes the environmental justice movement around the world. It draws lessons from the conditions that have led to environmental injustices, the historical development of the movement, the policy responses of government and international agencies, the solutions pursued by communities, and the role played by the private sector. The course explores the role of natural asset-building strategies that simultaneously reduce poverty and address environmental issues.

SUS512 Sustainability in Pittsburgh (Tuesday & Thursday, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm): Pittsburgh and the surrounding region have experienced several waves of change; the current described as a "green renaissance". This course will provide a brief socio-ecological history then will visit various places and people that highlight the diversity in how Pittsburgh is striving to become a model of a sustainable city.


Courses run concurrently from May 21 to July 6. All courses are 3 credits.

Discounted Tuition

  • $2,000 per course (20% off regular tuition)


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