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West Chester University recognizes that one of the most significant challenges facing humanity is achieving a sustainable society. Accomplishing this depends on our ability to organize human activity so that society, its members and its economies are able to meet their needs and express their greatest potential in the present as well as the future. WCU intends to reduce its ecological impact and to promote research and service that foster regional and global sustainability.

These sustainability objectives were echoed in the inaugural address of President Weisenstein, which are quoted below.

INAUGURAL ADDRESS
President Greg R. Weisenstein
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
Friday, September 25, 2009

In a second area of current and future importance, we will enable WCU to achieve national and global recognition as a leader in the implementation of green technologies, sustainable energy, and the reduction of our carbon footprint.

It has been said that "We are the first generation to recognize our influence on the environment and the last to escape the consequences." [1] West Chester University is committed to taking our share of responsibility for our planet's wellbeing. Across the campus, the University is already setting the standard. For example, we are doing so in the application of renewable energy, and we are incorporating significant energy-saving features in our new and renovated facilities. The size of WCU's completed and projected geothermal system places it among just a handful in the world. When the University completes the transition for much of the campus from heating and cooling with coal and oil to using geothermal energy, we expect significant additional annual emissions reductions, including about 40 tons of particulates.

These very notable accomplishments, along with the commitment of our faculty and staff to the environment, will enable WCU to become identified as a leading university in which the environmental theme permeates all of what we do - throughout our curriculum and in our everyday actions. Regardless of our students' choice of major, upon graduation from West Chester University, they should be clearly identifiable as champions of the environment.

[1] J.R. Pegg, "The Earth is Melting, Arctic Native Leader Warns," Environment News Service, 16 September 2004.

The Sustainability Advisory Council, formerly the Environmental Council, promotes and provides oversight for sustainability issues at WCU. It furthers the University's mission by:

  • Providing campus-based research and teaching opportunities
  • Promoting sustainability in the academic curriculum
  • Advocating for environmentally-friendly facilities and procurement initiatives
  • Enhancing campus aesthetics in an ecologically-sound manner
  • Sharing data and engaging the community