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.

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:

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.

Academic Programs


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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 »


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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-Master of Business Administration

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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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The Masters of Arts in Food Studies emphasizes a holistic approach to food systems, from agriculture and food production to cuisines and consumption, providing practical experience from field to table. One of the greatest attributes our food studies education supplies is deep understanding. Read more »

DUAL DEGREE MAFS-Master of Business Administration

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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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Built from below the ground up, Eden Hall is an experiential campus that immerses today's students, children, families, communities and life-long learners in the possibilities of tomorrow. It is a vital, interdisciplinary laboratory designed to support collaboration between leaders and learners, academia and business, and the arts and sciences. Here we develop scalable tools and ideas that will drive data-based decision making across the social, economic, and environmental issues we will all face together, and implement them when applicable to not only exhibit their potential, but also serve as an inspiration for the community. See more at »

Life at Eden Hall


A Brighter, Healthier Tomorrow

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There's a lot ongoing at Eden Hall and a lot more planned for our next-generation campus, 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 »

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 »




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 »



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 »



"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


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.



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 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.


Eden Hall Campus

Eden Hall is our newest campus built from the ground up on the principles of sustainability. The campus employs an array of sustainable designs and practices, including LEED Platinum buildings. Learn more.


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.


Founded in 1987, the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University was founded to honor the legacy of our distinguished alumna. RCI is an internationally focused center for outreach, education, and research around the principles of systems thinking and multidisciplinary investigation that marked Carson's work.