Chatham News

Chatham University receives two grants to support infrastructure initiatives at Eden Hall Campus

PITTSBURGH (July 30, 2012) … Chatham University has received grants from the J.B. Finley Charitable Trust through the PNC Charitable Trust Grant Review Committee and the Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation totaling $35,000 to support infrastructure initiatives relating to sustainable agriculture at Eden Hall Campus. The grants, $20,000 from the J.B. Finley Charitable Trust through the PNC Charitable Trust Grant Review Committee and $15,000 from the Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation, will support the development of the 5-acre organic farm at Eden Hall, which is the future home of Chatham’s School of Sustainability and the Environment (SSE).

Funds from the J.B. Finley Charitable Trust through the PNC Charitable Trust Grant Review Committee will primarily support the construction of a deer fence, and the Snee-Reinhardt grant will fund a moveable Gothic-style High Tunnel Greenhouse. The combined funds will provide the means necessary for Chatham to develop a four-season farm on which to plant crops that will be used in food studies and sustainability courses in the 2012-13 school year. By the 2013-14 school year, Chatham plans to implement the student-run teaching garden as well as develop plots for more complex projects such as compost, permaculture, vermiculture, and a heritage fruit tree orchard. As the farm continues to develop, it will be both an academic resource as well as a community resource and will be able to accommodate farm-to-school programs and partnerships with local community food banks.

About the Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation
The Pittsburgh based, Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation strives to provide funding and grants to a wide array of programs that assist in furthering community development. Some organizations that have received funding from Snee-Reinhardt include academic institutions, senior citizen facilities, and community centers.

About the PNC Charitable Trusts
PNC Charitable Trusts manage personal trusts set forth by individuals, and insure that the region or organization receives assets in the way that the benefactor intended. PNC Charitable Trusts’ funds are distributed to organizations that display a commitment to giving back to the community both locally and regionally.

About Chatham’s new School of Sustainability and the Environment
The School of Sustainability and the Environment (SSE) offers a Master of Arts in Food Studies program and launching this fall is the Master of Sustainability program. Both masters programs take a transdisciplinary, systems-based approach to issues concerning sustainability and the environment. The SSE also offers an online Certificate in Sustainable Management, which provides a practical foundation in the fundamentals of sustainability and their application in diverse settings — government, the private sector, not-for-profit organizations, and educational institutions.

About Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus
Eden Hall, gifted to Chatham University in 2008 by the Eden Hall Foundation, will integrate sustainable development, learning, and living throughout its design. Located in the township of Pine-Richland on a 388-acre site 20-miles north of Chatham’s historic Shadyside Campus, Eden Hall Campus will serve more than 1,500 zero net energy integrated facility.

By protecting valuable watersheds, incorporating existing land and agricultural resources, and rehabilitating existing farm structures alongside developing new, green buildings, Eden Hall will be a one of kind venue for education, conferences, community outreach, and ecotourism. As the future home of our School of Sustainability and the Environment, Eden Hall will be a place of learning, research and practicing sustainable behaviors that can be replicated elsewhere to make the world a better place.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit