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Sustainability has grown from a niche field to an increasingly crucial discipline impacting all aspects of society. That’s why Chatham has developed four unique tracks within our Bachelor of Sustainability program: Sustainable Energy & Urban Systems, Natural Resource Management, Sustainable Business, and a Self-Designed track.
Our world is changing so fast. Problems we face – climate change, social injustice, biodiversity loss – are wickedly complex. But learning to understand them is a powerful way to understand the world. This degree will reveal the overlapping systems (ecology, economics, culture, politics) that drive society. At Eden Hall Campus you’ll get your hands dirty and come away with experience to face the future.
— Lou Leonard, JD, Dean, Falk School of Sustainability & Environment
Student Profile: Mya Green '22
Mya is a sustainability student here at Chatham who dreams of improving the world through food. Learn more about her, her aspirations, and her advice to fellow students.
Explore the Sustainability Degree:
- Students may also choose to further their education at Chatham through pursuing an Integrated Degree Program (IDP) with either our Master of Sustainability or the Master of Arts in Food Studies. Through the IDP, students earn both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in as few as five years, saving time and money.
Students don't have to declare a track until their second year, and during their first year will be exposed to career opportunities and professionals that will provide them with information to help them choose the track that will let them be changemakers in their preferred field.
Sustainable and Resilient Cities
This course analyzes cities as complex systems with subsystems such as food and water, energy, and transportation. We will explore systemic approaches for urban sustainability and climate resiliency, drawing on examples worldwide.
Natural Resource Management Policy and Law
Contemporary natural resource management policy issues are addressed emphasizing domestic policy solutions. Major initiatives and implementation toward sustainable resource use and healthy environments are discussed and analyzed to determine implementation strategy success levels, to assess adequacy within bioregional/ecosystem approaches, and to integrate economic and environmental decisions. Local site visit(s) expected.
If one word could best sum up Chatham's faculty, it would be engaged. Professors bring experiences to relate the course lessons to real-world situations.
Tracks and Curriculum
Students can tailor their experience by choosing one of four tracks: Sustainable Energy & Urban Systems, Natural Resource Management, Sustainable Business, or a Self-Designed track.View Sustainability Tracks : Checkerboard 1 - Tracks and Curriculum
Bachelor of sustainability students in Chatham's Falk School of Sustainability & Environment use Eden Hall Campus to conduct research on a variety of academic topics.Explore Research at Eden Hall : Checkerboard 2 - Undergraduate Research
The Eden Hall Campus Residency
A signature part of Chatham’s BSUS program is the Eden Hall Campus Residency. The immersion year at Eden Hall is an integral part of the program, as students live and learn on the campus where they will apply their knowledge and interests toward projects that tackle sustainability challenges.Explore Eden Hall Campus : Checkerboard 3 - The Eden Hall Campus Residency
A Living-Learning Laboratory
Eden Hall Campus is home to the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment, and a living-learning laboratory in the areas of water; food and sustainable agriculture; energy and climate; design and planning; and community and health.
Integrated Degree Program
Qualified students from the sustainability program can be awarded guaranteed admission to Chatham's Master of Sustainability or Master of Food Studies programs, saving money and speeding time towards graduation with two degrees.Integrated Degree Program Info : Checkerboard 5 - Integrated Degree Program
Environmental Science & Sustainability: What’s the Difference?
Chatham offers both environmental science and sustainability majors for our students—two fields that are relatively new and sometimes conflated as the same thing. But, when you’re choosing between studying one or the other, it is important to know the key differences between these areas of study.
Alumna Profile: Allie Frownfelter '17
In one of her sustainability classes, Frownfelter (who majored in sustainability) was shocked by an image the class was shown. “It looked like a bunch of pixels on the screen,” she says, “but the professor said that it represented the number of plastic bottles that gets thrown out every second.”
Catching Up with Scott Marshall, ‘16
Despite growing up on this very property, Scott never envisioned that he’d wind up owning, managing, and regenerating the land to run his own sustainable, organic farm. But things have been moving quickly since he purchased the farm in 2015 and completed his bachelor’s of sustainability at Chatham in 2016 as the first male undergraduate.
Mary Whitney and the Eco-Reps (Not a Rock Band)
“Eco-Reps are a new student employment role. They’re basically peer educators on environmental and sustainability topics,” says Dr. Mary Whitney, Chatham’s director of university sustainability. “For the first campus dinner of the year, when everyone eats together, they came in and taught composting.”