Rachel Carson
Healthy Planet Award

You are committed to sustainability and helping communities. Now be rewarded for it.


Apply for the Rachel Carson Healthy Planet Award from ChathamU.

A new, national award for emerging leaders in sustainability and community development.

The Rachel Carson Healthy Planet Award will be awarded to deserving students nominated from high schools nationally and internationally who embody the spirit of Rachel Carson in his or her dedication to sustainability and community development. Eligible students for this award are current high school juniors who have been nominated by a teacher, school counselor, or advisor.


Apply or nominate a student. Deadline is June 1st, 2020

Rachel Carson Healthy Planet Award

Winners of the Rachel Carson Healthy Planet Award receive:



A special edition of Silent Spring–Carson's groundbreaking 1962 book that helped launch the modern environmental movement



A $5,000 merit scholarship (renewable annually) to Chatham University*



A Certificate of Achievement to commemorate your commitment and bolster your résumé



An invitation and discounted price to Chatham's 2020 Sustainable Leadership Academy (SLA)

Sustainable Leadership Academy

Running August 1-9, 2020, Chatham's Sustainability Leadership Academy (SLA) features speakers, hands-on activities, networking and tours of Pittsburgh's sustainable highlights.

Students will be based at Chatham's net-zero Eden Hall Campus, the world's first academic community built from the ground up for the study of sustainability, located just 20 miles north of Downtown Pittsburgh and Chatham's Shadyside Campus. (Need-based scholarships are available.)


Rachel Carson Scholarship

All Rachel Carson Healthy Planet Award recipients receive preferred consideration for the Rachel Carson Scholarship, a FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP to attend Chatham University. The scholarship is awarded each year to one new, first-year student and one new transfer student from a community college. Applicants must meet all scholarship requirements and be accepted to Chatham in order to qualify for a scholarship interview.


Each year the Rachel Carson Scholarship application deadline is February 1 for first year students and June 1 for transfer students. For more information on other Chatham scholarships, visit chatham.edu/scholarships.

About Rachel Carson

Scientist. Author. Environmentalist. Pioneer. Student. Pennsylvania College for Women (now Chatham University) graduate Rachel Carson '29 rose to prominence with her book, Silent Spring, as a trailblazing voice questioning the resulting impact of pesticides on people, animals, and the environment. This call to attention was a catalyst for the environmental movement that has helped bring awareness and action to the ecological problems our planet faces. Her work has also served as a catalyst for our commitment to advancing sustainability education, implementation, and research. Carson's big thinking and devotion to improve the world are just two of the qualities Chatham's Falk School of Sustainability & Environment works to bring to life through its students.

About Chatham University

Located in Pittsburgh, PA, a vibrant town of 70,000 college students, Chatham excels in sustainability, health & wellness, business & communications, and the arts & sciences.

Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon, Rachel Carson '29, and is recognized today as a leader in sustainability and environmental education. Chatham is also home to the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment, and in 2014 opened Eden Hall Campus, the first campus in the world built from the ground up for the study of sustainability.


Sustainability & Service Awards

Chatham is perennially named to top green college lists and ranked in the top five nationally for sustainability achievements in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS), placing Chatham as one of the highest ranked private universities in the country. Learn more about the achievements and accolades our sustainability efforts have garnered.

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