Rachel Carson Healthy Planet Award
A new, national award for emerging leaders in sustainability and community development.
The Rachel Carson Healthy Planet Award will be awarded to one deserving student nominated from each high school and community college across the United States who embodies the spirit of Rachel Carson in his or her dedication to sustainability and community development. Students must be nominated by a teacher, school counselor or advisor, and nominations are due by May 1 each year.
Rachel Carson healthy Planet AwardWinners of the Rachel Carson Healthy Planet Award receive:
A special edition of Silent Spring–Carson's groundbreaking 1962 book that helped launch the modern environmental movement
A $5,000 merit scholarship (renewable annually) to Chatham University*
A Certificate of Achievement to commemorate your commitment and bolster your resumé
An invitation and discounted price to Chatham's 2017 Sustainable Leadership Academy (SLA)
About the Sustainable Leadership Academy
Running July 30-August 5, 2017, Chatham's Sustainable Leadership Academy (SLA) features speakers, hands-on activities, networking and tours of Pittsburgh's sustainable highlights, including Chatham's net-zero Eden Hall Campus, the world's first academic community built from the ground up for the study of sustainability. (Need-based scholarships are available.)
Rachel Carson Scholarship
All Rachel Carson Healthy Planet Award recipients receive preferred consideration for the Rachel Carson Scholarship, a FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP to attend Chatham University. The scholarship is awarded each year to one new, first-year student and one new transfer student from a community college. Applicants must meet all scholarship requirements and be accepted to Chatham in order to qualify for a scholarship interview. The Rachel Carson Scholarship application deadline is February 1 each year. For more information and to apply, visit chatham.edu/scholarships.
*Visit chatham.edu/scholarships for requirements and details on this and all of Chatham's scholarships.
Scientist. Author. Environmentalist. Pioneer. Student. Pennsylvania College for Women (now Chatham University) graduate Rachel Carson '29 rose to prominence with her book, Silent Spring, as a trailblazing voice questioning the resulting impact of pesticides on people, animals, and the environment. This call to attention was a catalyst for the environmental movement that has helped bring awareness and action to the ecological problems our planet faces. Her work has also served as a catalyst for our commitment to advancing sustainability education, implementation, and research. Carson's big thinking and devotion to improve the world are just two of the qualities Chatham's Falk School of Sustainability & Environment works to bring to life through its students.
Located in Pittsburgh, PA, a vibrant town of 70,000 college students, Chatham excels in sustainability, health and lab sciences, business and communication, and arts and humanities.
Chatham is a recognized leader in sustainability and environmental education, having been ranked in the top five internationally for sustainability achievements in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) and named a Top 22 "Green College" by the Princeton Review. Chatham is home to the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment and the net-zero, Eden Hall Campus.
These efforts all serve to honor and advance the legacy of our esteemed alumna, Rachel Carson, while inspiring and providing opportunities for the next generation of great environmentalists.