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Chatham Welcomes Assistant Professor of Sustainability and Business

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University and the Falk School of Sustainability are pleased to welcome Dr. Tom Macagno, Ph.D., to the campus as Assistant Professor of Sustainability and Business.

Dr. Macagno arrived at Chatham this September from the United Kingdom to teach in the Falk School’s programs including the new, dual masters degree in sustainability and business. This timely degree will expose students to applied sustainability principles in addition to eco-innovation, stakeholder engagement, communications and leadership, in particular.

Prior to accepting his current position at Chatham, Dr. Macagno earned a Ph.D. in Sustainable Business Practices from East Anglia University in the United Kingdom. He brings a wealth of experience in the global economy to Chatham, having worked, taught and researched from the Netherlands to California.

Dr. Macagno’s teaching and research interests reflect his combined role as an academic and practitioner, revolving around three questions:

  • How do we measure, manage and articulate the role of business in society?
  • How do we use eco-innovation to reduce business’ impact on the natural environment?
  • How do we change behaviors to produce a more sustainable society?

Examples of Dr. Macagno’s work include serving as the Head of Sustainability for engineering firm May Gurney Ltd. in Norwich, UK, where his major achievements included saving the equivalent of 2.5 million dollars by reducing CO2 by 18 percent, and site waste by 21 percent. He has also had extensive experience in the software industry before transitioning to work in the sustainability field.

About The Master of Sustainability-MBA Dual Degree Program
Chatham University’s Falk School of Sustainability Master of Sustainability program, in partnership with Chatham’s MBA program, has developed a dual degree program that prepares graduates for sustainability management and leadership positions. The program includes foundational coursework in both business and sustainability and extends the breadth and depth of students’ knowledge bases with advanced work in various aspects of sustainability such as water, agriculture, and ecology as well as business.

The degree is designed to be completed by full-time students in two years. Students can get a head start with an optional first summer for those who require prerequisites or simply wanting more classes. In the program, students engage in consultation with sustainable businesses, complete individual or group sustainability projects, and apply their knowledge in summer-long professional placements. During these engagements, students will work on projects focused on real world challenges encountered by sustainable businesses. Through the curriculum and outside learning opportunities, dual degree graduates will be uniquely prepared to lead sustainability initiatives in the business world.

About Chatham University
Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA, has a long history of commitment to global understanding, women’s leadership and the environment. Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon, Rachel Carson, and is recognized today as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been selected for The Princeton Review’s Green College Guide listing four years in a row, named to Sierra magazine’s list of top 20 “cool schools” and mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places “contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for green living.”

Building on these accomplishments, Chatham opened in 2014 the world’s first fully sustainable campus in higher education, Eden Hall Campus, with completion of the first stage of construction on its 20-year master plan. Now fully coed, Chatham works to prepare its 2,000+ undergraduate and graduate students in the fields driving tomorrow’s economy—sustainability, health sciences, business and communication, and the arts and sciences.

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