The urban agricultural campus is aiming to create more energy than it uses, and students—whether studying renewable energy technology, natural resource management or growing food on the working farm that supplies the cafeteria—are using this learning campus to solve future sustainability challenges.

When the school decided to create an aquaculture lab to sustainably raise fish on campus, they turned to the Freshwater Institute.  


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Our Freshwater Institute focuses on water quality and sustainable seafood technology, and for nearly 30 years we’ve been a leader in the research and development of land-based, closed-containment technology, also known as “recirculating aquaculture systems” (RAS), that make it possible to raise seafood anywhere, in a way that repurposes waste and recycles water. The Freshwater Institute helped design and commission the aquaculture lab, and make sure the RAS facility was up and running.

Students and faculty in the lab, which focuses on research and education around aquaculture and sustainable food production, are now growing rainbow trout that will be served in the campus cafeteria and made available to the surrounding community. 

Why this project matters

Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus is providing an operational example of what it looks like to integrate sustainability into everyday life, while developing the future conservation leaders and problem solvers of tomorrow.

Watch the video below to learn more about our role in supporting the vision of Eden Hall Campus.



Learn More

Visit the Falk School of Sustainability website
Visit the Eden Hall Campus website