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The Princeton Review lists Chatham as one of the “Top 50 Green Colleges”

PITTSBURGH:  The Princeton Review has ranked Chatham University as a Top 50 Green College and one of the country’s most environmentally responsible schools in its annual Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition. This is the fifth year in a row for Chatham’s inclusion in the guide.

The guide profiles colleges with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives, and activities. Published a few days before the April 22, 2015 celebration of Earth Day, the free, 218-page guide can be downloaded at

As the alma mater of Silent Spring author and environmental icon, Rachel Carson, Chatham University is a leader in sustainability on campus, in the classroom, in the community and through the work of our students and graduates. Campus sustainability highlights include:

  • Created the first campus in the world built for the study of sustainability—the net zero, Eden Hall Campus.
  • Founded one of the first schools in the country dedicated to the study of sustainability with the Falk School of Sustainability.
  • Eliminated the sale of plastic water bottles.
  • Remain chemical pesticide-free after a decade.
  • Practice school-wide composting in our dining facilities that incorporates pre– and post–consumer materials, including takeout containers.
  • Manage and study storm water , through landscapes and capture systems, while also treating all wastewater on our Eden Hall Campus with an on-lot system.
  • Installed solar thermal collectors on our research greenhouse, and roof-mounted collectors on the two highest-occupancy residence halls.
  • Purchase 20 percent of the food for our dining halls from local sources.
  • Purchase 90 percent of our total electricity usage from a Green-E Certified mix of renewable energy (primarily wind power).
  • Offer a $20 a month tax credit to employees who bike for a substantial portion of their commute.
  • Offer an environmentally themed student housing residence, housing 28 students.

“We strongly recommend Chatham University (# 47 on the list) and the other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally-minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges,” said The Princeton Review’s Robert Franek, Senior VP-Publisher.

How Schools Were Chosen for the Guide:
The Princeton Review chose the colleges based on “Green Rating” scores (from 60 to 99) that the company tallied in summer 2014 for 861 colleges using data from its 2013-14 survey of school administrators. The survey asked them to report on their school’s sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. More than 25 data points were weighted in the assessment. Schools with Green Rating scores of 83 or higher made it into this guide. Most of the schools (347) in this edition are in the U.S. Five are in Canada. One is in Egypt. Information about Princeton Review’s Green Rating and its Green Honor Roll saluting schools that received the highest possible rating score, 99, is at Note: The Princeton Review does not publish the schools’ Green Rating scores in this guide. The scores can be found in the profiles of the schools on and in the 2015 edition of The Princeton Review books, The Best 379 Colleges and The Complete Book of Colleges, published in August 2014.

How the Top 50 Green Colleges List Was Done:
The Princeton Review developed the ranking list using data from its institutional survey for its Green Rating and its surveys of students attending the colleges. Ten data points from the institutional survey were factored into the assessment. Data from the student survey included student ratings of how sustainability issues influenced their education and life on campus; administration and student support for environmental awareness and conservation efforts; and the visibility and impact of student environmental groups.

About Chatham University: 
Now fully coed, Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA, has over 2,100 students in the School of Health Sciences; the Falk School of Sustainability; and the School of Arts, Science and Business. Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon Rachel Carson, and is recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been named to Sierra magazine’s list of top 20 “cool schools” and mentioned in Forbes 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: the net zero, Eden Hall Campus. Consistently ranked as a best college by “U.S. News & World Report”, Chatham earned the highest ranking among western Pennsylvania institutions in the “Regional Universities – North” category for 2015. More information at