Sustainability Leadership Academy


Want to build a happier, healthier and more equitable future? The Chatham University’s Sustainability Leadership Academy is a one-week residential camp focused on careers in sustainability. Learn leadership skills needed to be a community change agent and leave the week with a fully fleshed-out project plan to implement in your community. Focus topics include: equity, food, water, energy, conservation, green buildings, urban planning, transportation, community organizing, business and more. Open to high school students. Full and partial scholarships available.

You’ll spend the week living at Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus, the world’s first academic community built to be sustainable from below the ground up. The Eden Hall Campus in Gibsonia, PA features renewable energy technologies, high performance green buildings,onsite wastewater treatment, sustainable agriculture farms and gardens, and 200 acres of woodlands with hiking trails. You will live in the Orchard Hall dorm, which is built to achieve LEED Platinum standards. You'll eat in the Esther Barazzone Center (EBC) dining hall on campus, which serves meals with locally and responsibly sourced ingredients.

During this week you will:

  • Make like-minded friends from across the country
  • Explore Pittsburgh during excursions to the city's sustainable highlights
  • Develop the leadership skills needed to be a change agent
  • Participate in hands-on experiential learning with faculty in the field
  • Ask questions and gain mentorship from local leaders in the field
  • Experience a taste of college life and earn college credit (optional for an additional fee)