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GBA Member Appreciation: Eden Hall Summer Soiree

June 22, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Join us for GBA’s annual member appreciation event, our Summer Soiree, hosted by our Emerging Professionals group! This year, we’ll explore and enjoy Chatham University’s incredible Eden Hall Campus.


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Picture yourself strolling around the pastoral beauty of Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus, drink in hand, music and conversation filling the air. Not only will you enjoy delicious, fresh food (much of which is sourced from the campus grounds!) but you’ll also gain an in-depth understanding of Eden Hall’s commitment to sustainability and innovation.

The Eden Hall campus – located on 388 acres in Richland Township, is home to the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment. It is a living classroom where faculty and students collaborate to develop  the next-generation tools and processes that will provide social, economic, and environmental benefits to our communities and to our world. The campus uses sustainable technologies and methods to model new approaches to solving challenges in Water; Energy & Climate; Food & Sustainable Agriculture; Design & Planning; and Communities & Health. Features of the campus include extensive green infrastructure, on-site wastewater treatment, a large solar array (400 panels), a certified organic farm, high-performing buildings, and much more.

During this member appreciation event, we’ll learn about the development of the Eden Hall Master Plan, history of the site, and the progress that has been made to date. We’ll explore some of the features on campus while sampling food along the way.

The tour will include a look at the following:

  • Solar High Tunnel (a solar-powered greenhouse which allows the school to grow vegetables all year long)
  • Aquaculture Lab (waste from the fish in this lab is used as fertilizer in the solar high tunnel)
  • The Esther Barazzone Center (one of the main gathering spaces on campus, where students and faculty enjoy the food that has been grown on the grounds)
  • The Eden Hall Barn (an iconic structure on campus and a favorite location for farm-to-table events and lectures)



5:30 – Arrival, Registration, Drinks, Opening Comments

5:50 – Tours and Food

7:00 – Exploration, networking

8:00 – Shuttle bus departs



For those who are interested, GBA will be providing a shuttle bus to campus (departing from the GBA office). The bus will depart GBA at 4:30 and will depart Eden Hall at 8:00. If you would like to join the shuttle bus and/or if you have specific dietary requests, please email Ben Hochstetler at benh@gbapgh.org.

Registration for this event is limited, and we must have our final numbers for catering and shuttle service in advance. Therefore, registration will close on June 13.



  1. Learn how sustainability can be tied into all parts of a higher education institution, from food production and site management to curriculum and housing.
  2. Discover the steps involved in developing a long-term master plan for a new, green college campus.
  3. Gain insight into lessons learned during the implementation of sustainable features on a college campus.
  4. Understand how the campus will incorporate the latest in environmentally responsible technology, design, and innovation to achieve its net-zero and stormwater management goals.


GBCI CMP AIA logo This event is approved for 2.0 GBCI CEUs and for 2.0 AIA HSW credits.

Partnering with USGBC and AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits.  Please provide your GBCI and/or AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.

A very special thank you to our Summer Soiree partners and sponsors:



Summer Soiree Sponsor:
Transportation Sponsor:
Emerging Professional Sponsor: trane logo

Co-Presenting Partners:











June 22, 2017
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Category:


Leslie Montgomery


GBA Member
Student / EP
Individual Membership + Event Fee (member rate)


Chatham Eden Hall Campus
6035 Ridge Rd
Gibsonia, PA 15044 United States
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