Join RiverWise and Chatham University during the summer of 2022 for a hands-on educational experience in sustainability and community development. The Summer Sustainability Institute consists of two related components, one held in Beaver County, the other on the Campus of Chatham University.

The first half of the program consists of 6 weekly meetings held at various locations around Beaver County. These meetings will introduce students to exciting and innovative organizations and initiatives in Beaver County that exist at the intersection of community and sustainability.

Following this 6-week, on-site introduction in Beaver County, students will spend a week living on campus at Chatham University where they will participate with students from around the country in Chatham’s Sustainable Leadership Academy (SLA).

Intended to provide both a local and global introduction to the issues of sustainability and leadership, this program offers a unique opportunity for students who wish to become more aware of how to lead change in their community and beyond.

To Apply: Please email Julian Kroger at with your name and contact information to begin the simple application process.

Qualities of the Ideal Candidate: We are looking for high school aged students interested in learning about building stronger communities, community development, sustainability, environmental responsibility, and other related topics. The ideal candidate should have an interest in receiving real world experience in environmental, economic, and social justice work being done in Beaver County, western PA, and beyond.

Requirements: Eligible students must be a Beaver County student who has just completed 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. All participants must register and commit to both the RiverWise and Chatham University Sustainable Leadership Academy portions of the program.

Cost: This program is free of cost to all selected applicants. However, any accepted student who fails to complete the program will incur a $250 fee.

Program Benefits: All students who complete the program will receive a Certificate of Completion as well as a customized letter of recommendation. Students will also be introduced to a wide and growing network of leaders, organizations, and employers who are engaged in sustainable community development efforts throughout Beaver County and beyond.

Application Deadline: Friday May 27, 2022

Further Program Dates and Details: The Beaver County portion of the program will be held at various locations between June 6 and July 15. This portion will consist of 6 total meetings held once per week at a different site in Beaver County. Extensive details about Chatham University’s Sustainable Leadership Academy, which is held on campus from July 23rd – July 31st, can be found here.

Applications are due May 27.

Please email Julian Kroger at with your name and contact information to begin the simple application process.