You are formally invited to participate in the 2nd year of the student project conference, “Seeds of Change: Igniting Student Action for Sustainable Communities.” The conference will take place at Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus in Gibsonia, PA on Friday, March 9th, 2018 from 10am – 1:30pm. We invite your school or district to send up to 2 project teams (1 team guaranteed, 2 based on conference interest and space) of 2-5 students per team to share their work on an ongoing and current project of theirs that is helping to make their school or community more sustainable.

Eden Hall is a 388-acre sustainable college campus that began construction in 2012 after a master planning period. Campus highlights include green buildings, renewable energy technologies, an aquaculture lab, 200 acres of woodlands with trails, indoor and outdoor organic sustainable agriculture sites, an onsite wastewater treatment facility, native plant landscaping and more. Information on Eden Hall can be found here: Eden Hall’s other K-12 programs can be found here:

Conference Schedule (Details Subject to Change):

9:00 – 10:00 am – Arrival, Registration and Continental Breakfast (Campus Tour Option 1 for First Time Visitors)

10:00 – 10:30 am – Keynote

10:45 – 11:30 am – Student Project Presentations & Discussions in Break Out Groups by Topic

11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Lunch with Time to Peruse All Student Projects

12:45 – 1:30 pm – Student Voice for Regional Change Roundtable

1:30 pm – Closing

1:45pm – Campus Tour Option 2 for First Time Visitors

Note: Schools are responsible for project presentation materials and transportation to the Eden Hall Campus*. Meals are provided by the conference organizers. Registration is free of charge.

Break out group topics will be decided based on submitted project descriptions. Topics may include: energy, food, ecology, aquaculture/aquaponics/hydroponics, built environment, community. Details on student presentation formats to follow.

Please direct all inquiries to Kelly Henderson at or (412)365-2416. More information on lunch options and set-up/travel details to follow registration.

*If you received a Grable-funded Transportation Scholarship toward a field trip to Eden Hall in the 2017-18 school year, your transportation costs to attend this conference will also be covered by Chatham. Please contact Kelly Henderson to coordinate details and reimbursements. Carpooling between schools and teams is encouraged.