The Rachel Carson EcoVillage is a new cohousing community where people and nature thrive together.

It will be Pittsburgh’s first ecovillage, and it will be built on the Eden Hall Campus of Chatham University.  The legacy of Rachel Carson, one of Chatham’s most well-known graduates, is the inspiration for the ecovillage.

The community will have 35 private homes, ranging from studio to three bedrooms, and a common house with a dining room, a large kitchen, and guest suites. Residents will have opportunities to participate in campus activities and contribute to the university’s advancement of sustainability.

While Rachel Carson EcoVillage has the unique advantage of its relationship to Chatham, it builds on a tradition of established communities, both ecovillages and cohousing, which are based on the same principles. In the United States today, there are over 150 ecovillages and cohousing communities.

Between now and the targeted move-in in 2022, ecovillage members are working together to plan the community. Meetings to learn more about Rachel Carson EcoVillage are held (online) monthly, and anyone who is interested is invited to take part in the introduction and tour. The next sessions are on September 26th and October 24th from 10:30 am-noon. For more information, visit For other information, send a message to