Chatham University

The Falk School of Sustainability & Environment at Chatham University was founded in 2010 after the tremendous gift of the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus from the Eden Hall Foundation. One of the earliest schools of its kind in the country, the Falk School is a wellspring for leadership and education to overcome current and future sustainability challenges.

Falk School of Sustainability & Environment and Eden Hall Campus

The development of the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment was inspired by the work of Chatham alumna Rachel Carson '29, whose knowledge about the environment and passion to preserve it are traits that drive the mission of the school. The academic programs in the Falk School are dedicated to producing professional sustainability leaders, and are currently admitting students at the bachelor's and master's levels with the: Master of Arts in Food Studies (MAFS), Master of Sustainability (MSUS), Bachelor of Sustainability (BSUS), the dual-degree Master of Sustainability-Master of Business Administration (MSUS-MBA), and the dual-degree Master of Arts in Food Studies-Master of Business Administration (MAFS-MBA).

From these programs, our students graduate with track records of applying the principles of sustainability to real-world problems in a variety of areas to create positive results. All of our students, faculty, and staff engage in courses, projects, and careers that promote the professionalization of the fields and afford students experiences that evidence and translate to real-world progress.

Bachelor of Sustainability (BSUS)

Bachelor of Sustainability

The Falk School has responded to challenging ecological and economic times with an innovative program: the Bachelor of Sustainability. As a graduate of our program, you can do more than tell employers what you're capable of doing; you'll be able to show them what you've done. Read more »

Master of Sustainability (MSUS)

Master of Sustainability

The Master of Sustainability program in the Falk School prepares students with full-scale thinking to act upon our important local and large-scale global problems and be the agents of change that corporations, governments, and other organizations need to lead their sustainability initiatives. Read more »


Dual Degree MSUS-MBA

Master of Sustainability - Master of Business Administration Dual Degree

The Master of Sustainability program, in partnership with Chatham's MBA program, has developed a dual degree program that positions graduates for sustainability management and leadership in sustainable business sectors.
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Dual Degree MAFS-MBA

Master of Arts in Food Studies - Master of Business Administration Dual Degree

The Food Studies - MBA program provide breadth and depth in food studies, business, and sustainable business, equipping all students with a holistic understanding of food systems and business skills.
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A Brighter, Healthier Tomorrow

Eden Hall Campus | A Brighter, Healthier Tomorrow

There's a lot ongoing and planned for Eden Hall, and it all starts with Chatham's work in sustainability. Learn more about Chatham's history of sustainability leadership that has driven plans for our ultra-green campus. Download Booklet »

Eden Hall Campus Master Plan

Eden Hall Campus Master Plan

From the very beginning, the design of Eden Hall Campus was meant to be revolutionary. Each classroom building, venue, residential space, and outdoor area ensures full campus sustainability and functions so that students don't just learn about sustainability, but live it every day. Review that full plans for Chatham's sustainable campus in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. Download Master Plan »

Falk School Alumni


Whether in Pittsburgh or beyond, the opportunities for careers in sustainability fields are growing for the types of leaders the Falk School is educating. Graduates from Falk School programs are finding this out as they make impactful careers in a variety of industries. Learn more »

Eden Hall Fellows Scholarship Program

The Eden Hall Fellows program is open to all graduate students in the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment who can show they are committed to carrying on the legacy of Sebastian Mueller's achievements in business, social entrepreneurship, and commitment to improving the quality of life in our region.

Five new and five returning Falk School students are eligible for the scholarships on a yearly basis. Learn more »

Eden Hall Fellows Scholarship Programs

Assistantships and Work-Study

Assistantships and Work-Study

Students can save money off their educations, earn money, and gain valuable experiences with Assistantships and Work-Study opportunities through the Falk School and Chatham University. See examples of these opportunities »

Summer Fellowship Programs

As a Summer Sustainability Fellow, select MSUS students will be guaranteed $5,000 income for their summer placements. These opportunities may be either student acquired or come from one of the Falk School's developed placements with organizations working on various sustainable projects. The Falk Summer Fellowship program is competitive, with priority given to applicants who express a preference in international and/or community development contexts. Learn more »

Sustainability Undergraduate Research

Food Studies Student Profile

"The capacity of society to meet its current needs without compromising the ecological, social, and economic systems on which society will rely for meeting future needs."

– Definition of sustainability adopted by Chatham's Board of Trustees, October 2008

Sustainability Awards

  • The Princeton Review Green Honor Roll

    Chatham was twice consecutively named to The Princeton Review's "GuideGreen Honor Rolls (2012, 2013) for receiving the highest possible Green Rating score and is annually featured as a top school in its “Guide to 322 Green Colleges.”

  • Second Nature Climate Leadership Award

    The prestigious Climate Leadership Award (2013) from Second Nature given for demonstrating innovative and advanced leadership in education for sustainability and climate mitigation and adaptation.

  • STARS (Sustainability Tracking and Rating System) Gold Rating (2015) from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in recognition of sustainability achievements.

  • International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) Sustainable Campus Excellence Award (2013) in recognition of Chatham's efforts to integrate sustainability into and across curriculum and practice in innovative and effective ways.

  • U.S. EPA Green Power Conference Champion (2012-2013) for using more green power than any other school in the President's Athletic Conference.

  • Tree Campus USA (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) from the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management and engaging staff and students in conservation goals.

  • "Cool School" from the Sierra Club/Sierra Magazine in recognition of weaving sustainability into Chatham's culture and upholding high environmental standards. Chatham has been named a Top 25 "Cool School" for three consecutive years (2013, 2014, 2015).

Office of Sustainability

Chatham's Office of Sustainability is the administrative home of all campus sustainability projects, working to move the University to full carbon neutrality. We coordinate with our departments, faculty, and student groups to take steps toward a more sustainable living, learning, and working campus community. Learn more.


Shadyside Campus | Chatham


Chatham's urban Shadyside Campus is located minutes from downtown Pittsburgh and is nestled in the Chatham Arboretum, a 39-acre woodland recognized as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. Learn more.


Chatham Eastside


Chatham Eastside is a LEED-Silver facility home to some of our expanding graduate programs. It's located in developing East Liberty, one of Pittsburgh's fastest-growing and most historic neighborhoods. Learn more.

Rachel Carson's Legacy

The legacy of Chatham graduate Rachel Carson '29 is something we hold very dear. We strive to uphold her ideals every day, from conservation efforts across all of our campuses to the advancement of sustainability in academics with the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment and development of Eden Hall Campus. The passion with which we advance these measures reflects the passion she exhibited through her lifelong work in science, sustainability, and social justice. And as her alma mater, we consider the pursuit of our esteemed alumna's vision for the world a proud part of the Chatham legacy.