Dr. Bradley Flamm, Director, Office of Sustainability
703 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19382
Phone: (610) 436-2053
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!
For the very first time this January 16th, all previous participants of the Brandywine Projects are invited to attend the Brandywine Project Alumni Summit. This is an opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to come together and see what each respective group has been working on as well as tackle a project collectively for campus sustainability. During the summit, the recently published IPCC report on climate change will be addressed and a discussion will be held on it's implications for WCU. A seasonal lunch will be provided for all participants. The summit will take place on from 9am to 1pm in the Philips Autograph Library. You can RSVP here. Please register by mid-December.
Stay tuned for a schedule of films next semester!
Our weekly Sustainability Research & Practice Seminar features a wide variety of lectures from WCU faculty and staff. Stay tuned for next semester's schedule of speakers and presentations!
WCU offers three student-led campus community organic vegetable gardens. Incorporated into classes, volunteer efforts, and research, the gardens are valuable resources that help students learn about and appreciate food production. For more information about volunteer opportunities in the campus gardens, e-mail: email@example.com
Don’t own a bike? No problem! Three bikeshare stations are located on campus at Allegheny Hall by D Lot, Swope Music Building by M Lot, and along South New Street by the Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center. Annual subscriptions are just $10 with the code “bikewcu” and can be purchased through WCU Zagster.
This is part of the Transportation Initiative
In last week’s edition of the bulletin, we shared a link to the US Government’s 4th National Climate Assessment which details the effects felt today and those foreseen for the future for our nation, in light of a changing climate. This begs the question, What is West Chester University doing to address the climate crisis? If you follow The Office of Sustainability on social media, you’ve already seen our recent post on the University’s Plan for Carbon Neutrality. For the rest of you, why not follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram right now (links at the bottom of this message)?! Then take a moment to look over WCU’s Climate Action Plan and learn about all the progress already made on campus from Energy and Buildings to Transportation and Research.
Curious about your own impact on the planet? Take the Ecological Footprint Quiz and see how many planets would be needed to sustain your lifestyle. After all, change begins on the individual level!
As things on campus quiet down for the next few weeks, we’ll be slowing things down too: Look for our next edition on Monday, January 14, 2019. Until then, we wish you all a happy and healthy holiday break!
SAC Curriculum Committee Meeting - The SAC (Sustainability Advisory Council) Curriculum Committee will meet again this Tuesday, December 11th at 3:15pm in Main Hall, Room 415. All interested faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend and get involved.
Still hunting for gift ideas in these last couple of weeks before Christmas? In a time where few of us need more stuff cluttering up our lives, here are a few bright ideas for gifts that won’t gather dust on the shelf, keeping waste at a minimum.
Think beyond the poinsettia! A miniature succulent or cactus garden in a creative container will serve as a daily source of cheer. Talk about a green gift!
Instead of cosmetics or another pair of slippers, why not treat someone to a relaxing massage with a gift card to a local spa? Or plan a walk or hike in a favorite local park followed by a stop at a local café.
Everyone has a favorite edible treat. Whether it be a box of mouthwatering chocolates or a bottle of specialty hot sauce, what better way to ensure there’s no leftovers than gifting something consumable?
For the literary buffs in your life, think about an electronic subscription for their E-readers. A world of possibilities at their fingertips and no paper waste!
Support local performing artists by gifting tickets to the ballet, a play, or concert!
You don’t have to be Martha Stewart to make a gift that will be cherished. Homemade candies, ornaments, granola, moisturizers, jarred salsa, and knitted scarves are all great ways to show you care. The extra effort and personal touch make homemade gifts all the more special.
South Campus Garden - The WCU South Campus Garden has an intern position available for the 2019 Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters. This person will serve as the lead manager of the South Campus Garden and will work closely with faculty advisors to maintain, promote, and support use of the South Campus Garden in addition to other responsibilities. If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and a copy of the application. All applications are due by December 14th.
North Campus Outdoor Classroom and Garden - Two internship positions are available for the WCU North Campus Outdoor Classroom and Organic Garden beginning in Spring 2019 extending to Fall 2019. This position will be responsible for maintaining the garden, planting, supervising volunteers, and coordinating with on and off campus organizations that receive donated produce. Please email email@example.com for the full description and a copy of the application. All applications are due by December 14th.