Our host institutions sincerely welcome you to the region and invite you to explore their sustainability programs. Together we can engage campus change agents to lead the global sustainability transformation.

On behalf of Chatham University, I’m pleased to welcome you to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the 2018 AASHE Conference and Expo.

Inspired by alumna Rachel Carson ’29, Chatham has been recognized internationally as a leader in the field of sustainability, currently ranked #22 nationally for sustainability achievements in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS), selected as one of the Top 50 Green Colleges by The Princeton Review, and mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places “contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for green living.” We were also very pleased to be chosen by Second Nature to be part of their “We’re Still In” delegation at the most recent UN Climate Change Summit in Bonn.

Our commitment is reified in the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus, the world’s first academic community built from the ground up for the study of sustainability. Eden Hall Campus features:

  • Buildings constructed to meet LEED Platinum certification
  • On-site storm- and wastewater management
  • Campus-wide geothermal heating and solar energy
  • Organic farm, research garden, and hoop houses, one of which is heated year-round with solar thermal energy

Eden Hall Campus is also home to Chatham’s Falk School of Sustainability & Environment, which houses undergraduate and graduate programs in Food Studies and in Sustainability, and I hope that you will have the opportunity to visit us there during your stay. We are actively seeking partners to collaborate in research and build degree pathways for students interested in these fields– i.e. from community college to our Bachelor’s degrees or for Bachelor’s students to get an accelerated path into a Master’s degree.

The City of Pittsburgh has been leading a sustainability rebirth, to which we’ve been delighted to contribute. I wish you an inspiring visit and a productive conference.


David Finegold

Gallagher PortraitUniversity of Pittsburgh

Welcome to Pittsburgh and the AASHE Conference and Expo!

In higher education today, the work of supporting an equitable, environmentally responsible and economically robust society continues to evolve and intensify.

At the University of Pittsburgh, we are proud to do our part by taking dramatic steps to advance sustainability across our campus community. And, in doing so, we are joining institutions throughout North America in rising to this important challenge.

Our actions—articulated in the Pitt Sustainability Plan—include commitments to:

  • Cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030;
  • Produce or procure 50 percent of our electricity from renewable sources by 2030;
  • Reduce emissions from commuting and campus transportation by 50 percent by 2030;
  • Support a local, fair, ecologically sound and humane food system by serving 25 percent Real Food by 2025; and
  • Expand opportunities for sustainability-related international service projects.

These goals are just a start. They are embedded in larger efforts—and fit within an even greater narrative—that our University is honored to own.

This is an exciting time to be in Pittsburgh and a great time to explore the University of Pittsburgh. I hope that you have an amazing few days with us and that the people you meet, the ideas you share and the opportunities you seize will propel meaningful, powerful and sustainable change in your own home campuses and communities.


Patrick Gallagher