Chatham News


PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University and the Falk School of Sustainability will host the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium’s (PERC) third annual 2016 Student Sustainability Symposium on April 1st from 9 am – 5 pm at Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus in Richland, PA.  The conference theme is “A Climate for Change,” and over 100 students from around the region are expected to attend the year’s conference.

The conference, in conjunction with Pennsylvania Green Colleges, will involve a series of panel sessions, roundtables, and poster competition. The event will also feature Mitch Tomashow, Sustainability Fellow at Philanthropy Northwest and former President of Unity College, presenting his “Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus.”

Undergraduate and graduate students alike are invited to present their work within the field of sustainability, whether it is scientific research, community outreach, campus initiatives, or anything in between. Past presentations at the Student Sustainability Symposium include Marcellus Shale research, food waste mitigation initiatives, and divestment campaigns. Students can submit their abstracts until March 21, 2016. Conference registration is $45 and includes lunch, featuring fresh vegetables from the campus farm.

“This conference will be a great opportunity for students across Pennsylvania to showcase their work and to network with other students,” states Peter Walker, Dean of the Falk School of Sustainability. “We are excited to host and showcase our new Eden Hall Campus while also fostering collaboration between the Falk School and other schools and students around the region.”

About The Falk School of Sustainability
The Falk School of Sustainability was founded in 2010 as one of the first schools in the country dedicated to the study of sustainability. The school is housed on Chatham’s 388-acre net zero, Eden Hall Campus, the world’s first living and learning community built from the ground up for the study and practice of sustainability. With an emphasis on experiential learning, the Falk School is dedicated to producing professional leaders who will identify and overcome current and future sustainability challenges across a range of environments. The Falk School offers a Bachelor and Master of Sustainability, a Master of Arts in Food Studies, and dual-degrees: the MBA + Master of Sustainability and the MBA + Master of Food Studies.