Interested in sustainability and the environment? Want to earn college credit and experience an unforgettable residence on one of Pittsburgh's most remarkable campuses?
The sustainability summer intensive is a online summer intensive program with the option for a one-week residential portion at Chatham University's Eden Hall campus. It includes three college-level courses that cover the fundamentals of sustainability science, renewable energy and smart technology, and an applied course on geographic information systems (GIS).
Courses run seven weeks, and the program offers two options – with or without a one-week residential session:
Online coursework session from June 17–August 2 that includes readings and written assignments.
A one-week residential summer intensive at Eden Hall Campus (July 8-12).
The summer is the best time to be at Eden Hall, from an ecological, agricultural and aesthetic point of view, and your prior coursework will make use of Eden Hall's infrastructure, data, and experts. The residential portion is geared toward rising high school seniors wanting to experience what the study of sustainability really looks like at the college level and do so at the first campus in the world built from below the ground up for the study of sustainability. Learn more about the residential portion »
The program is for current and soon-to-be undergraduate students. In particular:
Summer courses offer the opportunity for focused work and study in a more relaxed online environment. The residential week is taught in a hands-on fashion, making full use of Eden Hall Campus with its forests, watersheds, farm, solar, and geothermal energy systems.
Sustainability involves multiple scientific sub-disciplines, from Earth systems science to ecology and economics. This introductory course is designed to introduce students to the scientific principles involved in practicing sustainability. Students will gain familiarity with the fundamental tenants and remaining questions in environmental science, with an emphasis on how we might work towards a sustainable society.
This course discusses opportunities and challenges for using technology for sustainability. We will discuss innovation for sustainability and societal adoption, and explore ways to use renewable energy and other technologies for homes and workplaces; the Internet of Things; closed loops and new materials; sustainable transportation; and smart water systems.
This course will provide students with a solid foundation of the principles and applications of GIS, an introduction to the desktop software ArcGIS, and will demonstrate its use in a variety of applications. Topics include data development and management; spatial analysis techniques; critical review of GIS applications; needs analysis and institutional context; GIS hardware and software; and hands-on application.
Through these courses, students will come away with new understanding and valuable skillsets:
The core coursework is completed online. For the residential portion, students live, work, eat, and play together in an immersive residential learning community at Chatham's groundbreaking and beautiful Eden Hall Campus.
Eden Hall Campus, which used to be a summer retreat, features an outdoor swimming pool, bowling alley, pool table, and miles of hiking trails. And if you'd like to step off campus, the North Hills is a vibrant area of Pittsburgh with restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and movie theaters. Nearby North Park offers hiking, boating, and ziplining.
With rising seniors, parents are encouraged to attend the residential portion to see first-hand what can be developed in a sustainability education, as well as experience a week of learning with your child and watching their passion for sustainability and the environment develop.
6035 Ridge Road
Gibsonia, PA 15206
Applications are due no later than June 1, 2019.
Classes begin June 17, 2019 and run through August 2, 2019. Initial online work includes readings and written assignments. The residential portion of the program begins on July 8, 2019 and ends on July 12, 2019.
All courses are an affordable $298 per credit. Accommodations at Eden Hall are $25 per night for Chatham University students and $50 per night for all non-Chatham students.