Falk School of Sustainability & Environment

One of the earliest schools of its kind in the country, the Falk School is a wellspring for leadership and education to overcome current and future sustainability challenges. The Falk School of Sustainability & Environment is inspired by the work of Chatham alumna Rachel Carson '29, whose knowledge about the environment and passion to preserve it are traits that drive the mission of the school. The academic programs in the Falk School are dedicated to producing professional sustainability leaders.

Bachelor of Sustainability

The Falk School has responded to challenging ecological and economic times with an innovative program: the Bachelor of Sustainability. As a graduate of our program, you can do more than tell employers what you're capable of doing; you'll be able to show them what you've done.

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Bachelor of Arts in Food Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Food Studies (BAFS) offers a blend of practical skill-building and perspectives on food and agriculture through the analysis of social, cultural, economic, and environmental topics. It prepares students for multi-faceted careers and professional engagement in a wide variety of sectors in food and agriculture, with the skill sets to address the practical, economic, community, and social justice issues that are a hallmark of contemporary food systems jobs.

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Master of Sustainability

The Master of Sustainability (MSUS) program in the Falk School prepares students with full-scale thinking to act upon our important local and large-scale global problems and be the agents of change that corporations, governments, and other organizations need to lead their sustainability initiatives.

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Master of Arts in Food Studies

The Masters of Arts in Food Studies (MAFS) emphasizes a holistic approach to food systems, from agriculture and food production to cuisines and consumption, providing practical experience from field to table. One of the greatest attributes our food studies education supplies is deep understanding.

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Sustainability + MBA

The Master of Sustainability program, in partnership with Chatham's MBA program, has developed a dual degree program that positions graduates for sustainability management and leadership in sustainable business sectors.

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Food Studies + MBA

The Food Studies + MBA program provides breadth and depth in food studies, business, and sustainable business, equipping all students with a holistic understanding of food systems and business skills.

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Funding at the Falk School

The Falk School offers competitive scholarships at the undergraduate and graduate levels, work-study opportunities, and graduate assistantships that can help students save tuition money and gain valuable experience.

Non-Degree Programs

The Falk School also offers educational opportunities to non-degree-seeking students, including executives and high school students. Whether for a day, a week, or a summer, you’ll come away with skills to further your sustainability interests.

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Career Outcomes

With the growing awareness of the systems that underpin all aspects of society, sustainability and food studies professionals are increasingly in demand. The Falk School of Sustainability & Environment not only prepares students for those opportunities, it assists them in finding them and in launching personally and professionally rewarding careers through the services of a dedicated career counselor, experiential learning opportunities, and our wide network of alumni.


Meet the Dean of FSSE

Lou Leonard, JD, joined Chatham in 2020 as Dean of the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment (FSSE).

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Eden Hall Campus

Built from below the ground up, Eden Hall is a vital, interdisciplinary laboratory designed to support collaboration between leaders and learners, academia and business, and the arts and sciences. Here we develop scalable tools and ideas that will drive data-based decision making across the social, economic, and environmental issues we will all face together, and implement them when applicable to not only exhibit their potential, but also serve as an inspiration for the community.

Sustainability at Chatham

As one of the initial signatories of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and alma mater of environmentalism icon Rachel Carson '29, sustainability at Chatham is more than a mission; it's a legacy. Our efforts toward sustainability at our locations, as they relate to energy and waste or to campus development and academic integration, have been recognized in our own community and around the world. Together, these approaches are set on extending the implementation of sustainable practices so that our students can create sustainable legacies of their own.