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Chatham University is designated “Tree Campus USA” for 4th Year in a row

PITTSBURGH:   Chatham University was honored once again with Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. This is the fourth year in a row Chatham has been honored with this designation.

With elements designed for the original Andrew Mellon estate by the renowned Olmsted Brothers, Chatham’s campus encompasses a 32-acre arboretum featuring 115 varieties of species, including Japanese Flowering Crabapple, River Birch and Kentucky Coffee tree. Learn more about Chatham’s arboretum.

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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.
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Chatham University Announces New Dean for Falk School of Sustainability

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University announced today the selection of Dr. Peter Walker as the new Dean of the Falk School of Sustainability.

Dr. Peter Walker was chosen following an extensive and competitive national search for the Falk School Dean position to replace the departing Dean, Dr. David Hassenzahl. A native of Ireland, Dr. Walker holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences and a PH.D. in Soil Science from Sheffield University in the United Kingdom. He has over 25 years of field work in humanitarian crises and in addressing some of the most pressing sustainability and climate-change challenges around the world, including the Sudan, Ethiopia, Iran, Pakistan, Somalia and many other countries. An accomplished speaker, author and teacher, Dr. Walker will join Chatham from Tufts University in Massachusetts where he has served as the Director of the Feinstein International Center since 2002, the Rosenberg Professor of Nutrition and Human Security since 2007, and as Associate Provost since early 2014.
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Chatham Featured in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges”

PITTSBURGH–Chatham University has once again been selected as one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review ( The education services company known for its test prep programs and college rankings, ratings, and guidebooks profiles Chatham in the fifth annual edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges.” This is the fourth year in a row for Chatham’s inclusion in the guide.

 The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a survey it conducted in 2013 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges to measure the schools’ commitment to the environment and to sustainability.  The institutional survey included questions on the schools’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.  (Notes follow on how schools were chosen.)

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An Exhibit On Water To Help Build Local Awareness and Stewardship

PITTSBURGH – Two Chatham University Master of Sustainability graduate students at the new Falk School of Sustainability have teamed with their professor to create an interactive, transdisciplinary exhibit that explores the complex pathways of water in Pittsburgh’s landscape and in local people’s lives. Ann Payne and Kristen Reynolds, both second-year graduate students, are co-designing the exhibit, called The Drop Project, as part of their final thesis project along with Chatham sustainability professor and ecologist, Dr. Molly Mehling.

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