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Chatham Expands Sustainability Commitments & Recognition

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University announced that they have become a Charter Signatory of the Second Nature Climate Commitment to further commitments to carbon neutrality and resilience. The Climate Commitment, a signature program of Boston-based nonprofit Second Nature, requires Chatham to set climate targets, report on progress publicly, and collaborate with the surrounding community, all while integrating sustainability across the curriculum.  Chatham is also a charter signatory American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (now called the Carbon Commitment), and received a Climate Leadership Award in 2013 from Second Nature for its efforts.

In addition to this latest commitment, Chatham was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an Individual Conference Champion of the 2015-16 College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference. Chatham beat its conference rivals by using 12 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 97 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. Chatham University is procuring renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Renewable Choice Energy. This demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives. According to the U.S. EPA, Chatham University’s green power use of 12 million kWh is equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 1,100 average American homes annually.

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Dr. Katie Cruger Selected for Teaching Interfaith Understanding Seminar

PITTSBURGH:  Dr. Katie Cruger, Assistant Professor of Communication and Program Director of the Master of Professional Writing Program at Chatham University, has been selected from a competitive, national pool of nominees to participate in the Teaching Interfaith Understanding seminar that will take place July 31–August 4, 2016, at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. The seminar is offered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), with support from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Dr. Cruger was selected in large part for her leadership and work in directing Chatham’s  First-Year Communication Seminar—Dialogues: Identity and Values. This course is required for all first-year students at Chatham, and aims to facilitate discourse around issues such as gender, faith, race, and how they contribute to identity.

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