Academic Programs & RESEARCH

Developing the leaders of a more sustainable future.







Falk School of Sustainability & Environment


Professionals grow from authentic experiences. In the Falk School, undergraduate and graduate-level programs are built around practical applications that are focused on students' careers. Letting students use what they know ignites impactful projects with real results, and helps them discover talents, develop understanding, and further fuel their passions for change. Upon the completion of their programs, students have the knowledge, ability, and portfolios of work to show that they're not only sustainability professionals, but also leaders.

Our graduates have gone on to careers spanning the spectrum of our economy and finding leadership roles in sustainable fields that are reshaping how the world works. 

“I like that I get to see what I’m studying. I get to actually put my hands in the water and talk directly about the way cities are run that affects the way water quality changes. These projects are affecting the greater picture of Eden Hall and also of Pittsburgh as a city.”

— Valerie Skinner, MSUS+MBA '17


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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, you can do more than tell employers what you're capable of doing; you'll be able to show them what you've done with a rich portfolio of real projects.


Master of Sustainability (MSUS)

The MSUS program within the Falk School prepares students with interdisciplinary thinking to act upon important local to large-scale global issues, and be the agents of change that corporations, governments, and other organizations are looking for to lead, design and collaborate on sustainability initiatives.

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Master of Sustainability

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



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Master of Arts in Food Studies (MAFS)

The M.A. 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. 

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M.A. in Food Studies

The Food Studies + MBA program provides breadth and depth in food studies, business, and sustainable business, equipping all students with a holistic understanding of food systems and business skills.



Falk School & Campus-based Research


The Falk School of Sustainability & Environment is dedicated to creating professional sustainability leaders that can apply principles of the field across a variety of areas today and tomorrow. All of our students, faculty, and staff engage in interdisciplinary work that gives students experiences that drive real-world progress.


"Through Eden Hall Campus, our faculty and students discover theories and explore practices that will sustain the land, and, by extension, our cities and those who live in them.”
— David Finegold, DPhil, president, Chatham University



Center for Regional Agriculture, Food & Transformation

The Center for Regional Agriculture, Food, and Transformation (CRAFT) at Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus provides resources, learning opportunities, and technical assistance on food systems, regional food cultures, and sustainable economies to individuals, organizations, and businesses. CRAFT serves as a home for food systems information and data at the regional level, creating a network for research, education, and outreach on sustainable food.

Center for Sustainable Leadership

The Center for Sustainable Leadership at Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus (CSL) is a joint initiative of the Falk School and Chatham’s Business Department. The CSL helps organizations enhance and maintain employee engagement with sustainability at work to boost organizational performance, including work in a research pilot with Highmark Health over the past few years to enhance employee engagement with sustainability and sustainable practices.


Faculty (and student) research

Food & Agriculture

  • Heirloom cacao preservation
  • Start-up food (chocolate & confection) business viability
  • Pesticide-safety in fruit tree orchards
  • Small-scale aquaponics systems
  • Alternative protein & lipids for fish feedstocks
  • Strengthening local farms and businesses (USDA)

Ecology & Biology

  • Cumulative ecological effects of an invasive forest understory shrub, Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
  • Biodiversity monitoring of western Pennsylvanian nocturnal Lepidoptera
  • Long-term changes in Biodiversity, Species Richness and Metabolic Diversity in Pennsylvanian Forests: The Permanent Forest Plot Project
  • Long-term changes in Lichen Diversity and Coverage in forest edges, intact interiors, and wind-thrown interiors
  • Variation in evolutionary and ecological traits in populations of Lobelia cardinalis and Lobelia siphilitica in western Pennsylvania

    Community Engagement

    • Exploring Pittsburgh’s biophilic strategy and neighborhood development in Homewood
    • The intersection of public health and the alternative food system

    Water & Soil

    • Aquatic environmental toxicity of common urban pollutants
    • Long-term, intensive monitoring of a network stream ecosystem along a watershed urbanization gradient

    Energy & Climate

    • Modeling and policy analysis of large-scale solar electricity production and distribution
    • Climate adaptation and the water-energy-food nexus

    Research in Action

    Faculty in the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment use Eden Hall Campus to employ classroom learning for research, experience, and education in disciplines related to agriculture, sustainable technologies, water, aquaculture, food systems, and more.



    Students in Chatham's Falk School of Sustainability & Environment use Eden Hall Campus to conduct research on a number of areas central to sustainability, including environmental issues like the ecologic impact that invasive, non-native species like Japanese Barberry is having on our woodlands.