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Sierra Magazine ranks Chatham as one of America’s “Greenest Colleges” for the 3rd year in a row

PITTSBURGHSierra magazine, the official publication of the Sierra Club, has ranked Chatham University as the country’s 22nd greenest university in its ninth annual ranking of the nation’s “Cool Schools.” This is the 3rd year in a row that Chatham has earned this top 25 honor. The rankings, published in the magazine’s latest issue, salute the higher education institutions across the United States that are weaving sustainability into their culture and upholding high environmental standards. .

Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon, Rachel Carson ’29, and inspired by our famous alumna, Chatham is recognized as an international leader in sustainability today.  In recent years, Chatham has been recognized by: an Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) Gold rating; listed in The Princeton Review‘s Green College Guide five years in a row (including designation as a Top 50 Green College in 2015); and received regular recognition as one of the most sustainable universities in the United States by USA Today, Forbes and other national media. Internationally, Chatham  was the only North American college or university awarded an Excellence Award for the integration of curriculum and campus in 2013 by the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN), awarded at ISCN’s conference in Singapore.

As a charter signatory of the President’s Climate Commitment, Chatham is committed to being carbon-neutral by 2025. Since signing in 2007, Chatham has had a 36% increase in overall square footage and a 138% increase in student enrollment, yet has reduced net carbon emissions by over 60%.  The Chatham University Climate Committee (students, staff, and faculty) supports sustainability and climate action goals through research, reduction projects, and outreach initiatives. For a full list of sustainability commitments visit the website of Chatham’s Office of Sustainability.

Chatham’s sustainability efforts have also led to the opening of the net zero, Eden Hall Campus, the first academic community in the world built from the ground up for the study of sustainable living, learning, and development. Using the latest in environmentally responsible technology, design, and innovation, Eden Hall is self-sustaining in every way by managing all waste and storm water on-site, producing more energy than it consumes and aiming for zero carbon emissions. It is designed to one day serve more than 1,500 students (online and on-campus) in the fields of sustainability, health sciences, business, and more. By protecting valuable watersheds, incorporating surrounding land and agricultural resources, and rehabilitating existing farm structures alongside developing new, green buildings at LEED Platinum or higher standards, Eden Hall is a one-of-a-kind venue for education, conferences, community outreach, and ecotourism. Eden Hall is home to Chatham’s Falk School of Sustainability and its bachelors and masters programs in sustainability and food studies.

Sierra magazine’s complete “Cool School” rankings, along with this year’s coverage of higher education’s environmental efforts, are online at

About Sierra magazine
Sierra is the official publication of the Sierra Club, America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 2.4 million members and supporters nationwide. The Sierra Club works to safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and litigation. For more information, go to

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 a Top 50 Green College by the Princeton Review, ranked on Sierra magazine’s list of top 25 “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, 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. Learn more at


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