Over 400 large solar panels generate 126,000 kilowatt hours annually, enough to power 14 homes for a year. Energy that does not get used feeds back into the public electric grid, and Chatham gets an energy credit for the future.
An underground geothermal heating system enables campus buildings to share heat energy and cool the air. Over 40 wells are placed 485 feet into the earth and create a heat loop between campus buildings.
Stormwater is managed by five rain gardens that collect and direct water flow to gravel walkways that make it easier for rainwater to reach the soil below, and a rainwater harvesting system that gathers and cleans the water and then uses it for crop irrigation. Eden Hall also treats wastewater onsite through a six-step process that mimics nature. The system can handle up to 6,000 gallons each day.
HIGH TUNNEL & GREENHOUSES
The high tunnel and greenhouses at Eden Hall Campus allow us to grow crops year-round. This continuous growing cycle supplies fresh food to Eden Hall and our Shadyside Campuses' kitchens.
ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING STATIONS
Four-hundred photovoltaic panels turn solar energy into electricity. This presents a prime opportunity for car charging stations on campus, and gives commuters the incentive to move away from fossil fuel dependent vehicles.
Various waste options are encouraged at Eden Hall Campus. Where reusables can be used, they are, like in our flatware and drinkware used in the Barazzone center. Composting of food waste, along with compostible cups, lids, and utensils helps lessen the amount that goes to landfills. We make it easy to recycle paper, glass, cardboard and plastics recycling is across campus, and stations are even available to collect batteries, printer cartridges, and more.
Eden Hall Campus practices organic agricultural practices in its greenhouse, organic garden, and larger Alsalma field. Through continued practice and verification, Eden Hall Campus was granted a Certificate of Organic Operation from Pennsylvania Certified Organic. This Certificate guarantees that the Farm is compliant with the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program (7 CFR Part 205), and that products grown on the farm meet all organic standards.