Who We Are

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!


News and Upcoming Events

Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar


Make room in your calendar this semester for the Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar Series, set to return Wednesday, February 2nd and continuing every Wednesday from 12pm to 12:50pm for the remainder of the Spring Semester.  The Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar is an opportunity to hear from researchers and practitioners like you, integrating the concepts of sustainability across a wide variety of disciplines and departments.   As we return to campus the week of February 7th, attendees may opt to attend the seminar in person in Sykes 255A/B or on Zoom.  The first presentation will be held entirely virtually.  See the full speaker schedule below! 

Schedule of Speakers - Spring 2022

2/2 Professor Jasmin Tahmaseb McConatha, Psychology, with Georgina Hanna, Katherine Ford, Carolyn Cusmano, and Nicole Lyman - Coping with Grief and Loneliness: The Healing Power of Green Spaces   View recording

2/9 Professor Megan Fork, Biology - Invisible Trash: Emerging Contaminants in Streams and Rivers   View Recording

2/16 Professor Christina Rosan, Temple University Department of Geography and Urban Studies, and Professor Megan Heckert, Geography & Planning - Planning for Resilience and Equity through Accessible Community Technology: A Research Agenda    View recording

2/23 Professor tonya thames-taylor, History - Removing Confederate Statues, Now What?: Sustainability and Reimagining Space

3/2 Professor Heather Wholey, Anthropology and Sociology - Climate Crisis Impacts to Cultural Heritage Resources: Think Globally, Act Locally

3/9 Professor Tabassum Ruby, Women’s and Gender Studies, with Madeline Mulcahey and Christine Recchi - Considering Sustainability from the Perspective of Accountability: Rethinking Consumerism and the Environment

3/23 Professor Alex Cohen, Marketing - How Inaccessible Retailer Websites Affect Blind and Low-Vision Consumers: Their Perceptions and Responses

3/30 Professor Jason A. Bartles, Languages and Cultures - Climate Fiction and Solarpunk: Imagining Pathways toward Brighter Futures

4/6 Dr. Seth Jacobson, Director, WCU Center for Civic Engagement & Social Impact - Student Basic Needs Insecurity at West Chester University

4/13 Professor Michelle O’Connor Kensey, Nursing - Incorporating Global Sustainable Healthcare Practices of Skin-to-Skin Care after Childbirth into a Small Suburban US Hospital

4/20 Professor Lauri Hyers, Psychology, with Shannon Hoffman, Hannah Brown, Alyssa Caporellie, Lindsay Corkery, and Katherine Nuzhny - Effects of Environmental Volunteerism on Well-being and Climate Change Efficacy

4/27 Professor Rodney Mader, English - Local Botany and the Posthuman


Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 937 5872 9168
Passcode: 432173

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