Dr. Bradley Flamm, Director, Office of Sustainability
Phone: (610) 436-2053
Amy Maxcy, Department Administrative Support
Phone: (610) 436-2736
703 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19382
To live and work sustainably means to perpetuate 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 us as we carry out the single most critical task of the 21st century!
Students, as you sort through your possessions, packing up for the summer months, are you finding items you no longer wish to keep? Before you toss them, consider donating instead! Pack It Up-Pass It On is a campus wide initiative aimed at rescuing and rehoming unwanted clothing and household items. Donation bins have been placed in the lobby areas of all eight traditional and affiliated residence halls as well as the Village Clubhouse. If your items are in good condition, simply deposit them in these conveniently located bins and know that they will find new life and use with someone else! All items will go to a campus yard sale at the start of the fall semester (keep checking back for dates)! The proceeds of the sale will go towards supporting the program for the next year.
Off campus students, open drop off hours will be available to you from 11am to 2pm on Saturday 5/4, and 5/11 at the South Campus storage containers. The containers are located in Y Lot by the South Campus Apartments on South Campus Drive. For larger furniture items, Pack It Up-Pass It On has arranged for a special borough pick up on Wednesday, May 8th. Students wishing to donate furniture and other household items can make arrangements through RamConnect for pick up that day. Movers will come to you and load any items you no longer wish to keep. Questions? Email email@example.com. Let's ditch the dumpster WCU!
Acceptable Items Include:
This Spring Semester, The Student Brandywine Project will dive even deeper into sustainability by hosting three separate seminar sessions focusing on the three pillars of sustainability. Guest speakers will present on the social justice, economic, and environmental pieces of sustainability. If you are a student and previously attended a Brandywine Project, or even if this will be your first session, mark your calendars! The spring sessions are being held in the Philips Memorial Building Lower Level Conference Room from 6pm to 9pm, dates listed below. To register, follow this link. Questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our weekly Sustainability Research & Practice Seminar features a wide variety of lectures from WCU faculty and staff. Join us Wednesdays at noon in Sykes 255A for an exciting lineup this Spring 2019 semester. Remember to bring your reusable mug for a midday coffee refill!
The Director of the Stroud Water Research Center, Dr. David Arscott, has offered to give a small group of WCU staff, faculty, and students a tour of the center on Thursday, May 30th at 10 am. If you would like to attend and learn more about the center’s work to understand and advocate for freshwater systems, please contact the Office of Sustainability’s Amy Maxcy by email at email@example.com by 2 pm on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.
Baking Sheet, Blender, 2 large bowls, mixing spatula, cookie sheets
3/4 cup canola oil
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon whole flax seeds
1/2 cup almond milk
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup dutch processed cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Grind the flax seeds on high in a blender until they become a powder. Add almond milk and blend for another 30 seconds or so. Set aside.
In a large bowl sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
In a separate large bowl cream together oil and sugar. Add the flax seed/soy milk mixture and mix well. Add the almond extract.
Fold in the dry ingredients in batches. When it starts to get too stiff to mix with a spatula, use your hands until a nice stiff dough forms. Add the chocolate chips, cherries, and pecans and mix with your hands again.
Roll dough into 1 inch balls and flatten into a disc that’s about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet about an inch apart.
Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes, then set them
on a wire rack to cool completely.
Recipe find credited to Ashlie Delshad www.isachandra.com
Staycations are great and certainly better for the environment in terms of the reduction of fuel and emissions related to travel. However, if you feel the urge to venture, consider a trip to one of Pennsylvania's many extraordinary State Parks! Did you know that Cherry Springs State Park, located in Coudersport, PA, is one of the top dark sky destinations in the world? It's positively famous for its views of the Milky Way. So grab your telescope, tent, and sleeping bags and enjoy some R and R basking in the wonders of the night sky, right in your own state. Don't own camping equipment? WCU's Outdoor Adventure Pursuits has you covered with their affordable gear rental program available to all West Chester University employees and students. Just $4/day for a two person tent! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
This month's sustainability film recommendation is Trashed. Jeremy Irons embarks on a journey of discovery concerning the global waste problem
as he travels from country to country witnessing first hand the damaging effects of
trash. This film takes a closer look at polluted beaches that were once pristine
and picturesque countrysides and communities now negatively impacted by local landfills.
West Chester University students and employees can watch this film for free through
Filmmaker Jane Tagaki-Little is hired to create a show called My American Wife! to help sell Japanese housewives on an American meat-based diet, and the book progresses through episodes that mirror Jane’s progressively radicalized view of her topic. Her story is accompanied by that of Akiko Ueno, an abused and unhappy Japanese housewife, and the narrative lines converge in a satisfying conclusion. The multigenre narrative ranges from wry to sad to inspirational, as the women grapple with motherhood, oppression, cultural assumptions, and a hormone-poisoned food supply that threatens all of us. Copies of My Year of Meats are available at the WCU Francis Harvey Green Library and the West Chester Public Library.
This month's Sustainability Reading Recommendation comes to you from Professor Cheryl Wanko - Department of English
Planning on tackling some gardening this summer? Support local pollinator populations and help conserve natural Pennyslvania landscapes by choosing to plant native species. There are many plant nurseries in the area that can help you choose which vareties are best suited for your garden, like Yellow Springs Farm, located in Chester Springs. Pay a local nursery a visit and see all the native options available to you.
Tempting as it may be to turn on the AC, try to get by as long as you can with a fan. Air Conditioning units require tremendous amounts of electricity to run, which means more fossil fuels burned to power them. You can also utilize blinds to block the heat from the sun, helping keep your home cool. You'll save on your energy bill and help protect the planet.
Temple University Director of Sustainability
Temple University is currently recruiting a Director of Sustainability. The Director of Sustainability will work with departments and persons campus wide towards the implementation of the university's Climate Action Plan, helping to reach their goal of being carbon neutral by 2050. For more information about the position, qualifications, and application process, please follow this link.