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Office of Sustainability


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Office of Sustainability

Who We Are

To live and work sustainably means to perpetuate (to sustain) the health and welfare of people, economies, and the environment. Sustainability is about ensuring that all people-today and into the future-can live in healthy communities and participate in productive local economies without sacrificing environmental integrity. It’s a simple yet powerful concept that ties together human happiness and well-being with the quality and health of environmental systems. Thus sustainability issues incorporate such wide-ranging topics as biodiversity loss, climate change, social justice, and more.

West Chester University seeks to be a leader in local, regional, and global sustainability efforts. This website documents the university’s efforts in sustainability and provides numerous resources for individuals, organizations, and communities.

Join with us as we carry out the single-most critical task of the 21st century!

What We Are Doing

What’s Happening Now @ WCU

  • Bike Share comes to WCU
    Don’t own a bike? No problem! Three new bike share racks have been installed on campus at Allegheny Hall by D Lot, Swope Music Building by M Lot, and along S. New Street by S2 Lot. Annual subscriptions are $30 and can be purchased through WCU Zagster.
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  • Bike Repair
    Last year students were invited to “Fix-it Fridays” which were workshops focused on maintaining and repairing bicycles. Sign the WCU Bicycle Use Pledge and get a discount on a new bike.
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  • Rain Garden Dedication
    Rain garden registered with “Rain Garden for the Bays” on North Campus. A rain garden helps reduce water pollution, attract native wildlife, and filter rainwater.
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  • On-campus Gardens
    WCU offers two student-led campus community food gardens. Incorporated into classes, volunteer efforts, and research, the gardens are valuable resources that help students learn about and appreciate food production.
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  • Water-Diverting Swales
    Water-diverting swales were constructed outside Swope Music Building. These efforts can help reduce storm water run-off from parking lots and the associated water pollution.
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