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Office of Sustainability

Email: sustainability@wcupa.edu

Dr. Bradley Flamm, Director, Office of Sustainability

Address: 
703 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19382

Phone: (610) 436-2053

Sustainability

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!

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What We Are Doing

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Bike Share going strong at WCU

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

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Sustainability Research & Practice Seminar

Our weekly Sustainability Research & Practice Seminar features a wide variety of lectures from WCU faculty and staff. Located in Sykes 209 every Wednesday, from 12:00-12:50pm. Enjoy cookies and coffee while you listen and don’t forget to bring a reusable mug to help reduce waste and conserve resources!

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Environmental Film & Lecture Series

Join us on Friday, September 7th, 2018 for our monthly Environmental Film and Lecture Series. This month Paula Kline and Jim Wylie will be hosting The Future We Want: Excerpts from Plastic Paradise and other award winning films. Located in the Business and Public Management Center, Room 101 at 7:00pm, this event will conclude with expert panels and Q&A time.  The Environmental Film and Lecture Series is co-sponsored by WCU’s Office of Sustainability, the Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club, Don't Spray Me, Penn Future and Penn Environment.  Come early for a tour of West Chester University's LEED certified Business and Public Management Center.  Children's activities will be provided for those bringing a younger generation along, as will refreshments.

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On-campus Gardens

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: gardens@wcupa.edu

This is part of the Biodiversity Landscape Initiative and the Food & Dining Initiative

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Brandywine Project Student Sustainability Workshop

WCU Students – do you want to improve sustainability on campus? The Sustainability Advisory Council (SAC) and the Office of Sustainability will be organizing a half-day workshop to engage West Chester University students in helping design, implement, evaluate, and improve the various environmental, social, and economic sustainability initiatives happening on campus. The program will include interactive breakout sessions, networking opportunities, a campus sustainability tour, and a light breakfast and lunch.  Fall workshop dates to be announced.  Please keep checking back or sign up for our weekly, emailed bulletin of news and events by reaching out to us at sustainability@wcupa.edu.

 

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