Rachel Carson Healthy Planet Award

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

Named for Chatham's most famous alumna, environmental icon Rachel Carson ’29, the Rachel Carson Healthy Planet Award is awarded to deserving students nominated from high schools nationally and internationally who embody the spirit of Rachel Carson in their 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. 
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What Winners 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
  • Preferred consideration for the Rachel Carson Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship to Chatham
  • A Certificate of Achievement to commemorate your commitment and bolster your résumé
  • An invitation and discounted price to Chatham's Sustainable Leadership Academy (SLA)

Sustainable Leadership Academy

Explore various sustainability careers during an unforgettable week-long experiential retreat at Eden Hall Campus–the world's first academic community built to be sustainable from below the ground up. 

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A Full Tuition 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.

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Falk School of Sustainability & Environment

Chatham is one of the top universities in the world for the study of sustainability. Our Falk School of Sustainability & Environment is located on the world’s first campus built from the ground up for the study of sustainability—Eden Hall Campus. Our students focus on the impacts between a wide range of systems and communities, working side-by-side with faculty on projects that make a difference in the world.

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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. 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.

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A Look Inside the Sustainability Leadership Academy

By Friday, the 18 high school students participating in this year’s Sustainability Leadership Academy (SLA) have been together for five days, and they've clearly formed a tightly knit group. They chat and joke as they file into the conference room. Because the past week has been a curated whirlwind.

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Mary Whitney and the Eco-Reps

“Eco-Reps are a new student employment role. They’re basically peer educators on environmental and sustainability topics,” says Dr. Mary Whitney, Chatham’s director of University Sustainability.