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Sustainability Overview

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.  

Degrees Offered
  • BA
  • BS
Program School

All students are encouraged to play an active role in helping to manage and develop Eden Hall Campus. Jobs that directly link to classes are available–managing the woodlands, working with the data and energy systems that permeate the campus buildings, partnering with local businesses, or doing community outreach. The experience at Eden Hall isn’t just taking classes and living in the dorms.

— Thomas Macagno Ph.D., Program Director, Sustainability

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.
  • BSUS students have access to career development which provides support, resources, and learning opportunities designed specifically for Falk School undergraduate and graduate students. Offerings include: one-on-one consultations; professional development workshops and programs; and connecting students with alumni to provide opportunities for mentorship, networking, job shadowing, informational interviewing, internships, and jobs. 

Sustainable Decision Analysis
The class contributes to a foundation for sustainability management by exploring different quantitative approaches to sustainable decision-making including: Life Cycle Analysis, Ecosystem Services Valuation, Carbon and Water Foot printing, and DPSIR (Drivers, Pressures, States, Impacts and Responses) Society-Environment interaction framework. Finally, the class explores how quantitative decision-making is shaped by various stakeholders.

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.

Food, Farm, and Field
This course explores food, farm, and environment through readings, films, lectures, demonstrations, field trips, and on-farm and kitchen experiences in research and production problems.
 

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Our Faculty

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.

Full Faculty
Ryan Utz
Assistant Professor of Water Resources
mary-whitney
Assistant Professor of Practice of Sustainability

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.

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Undergraduate Research

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.

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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. 

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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 admitted early to Chatham's Master of Sustainability program, saving money and speeding time towards graduation with two degrees.

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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.”