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Office of Sustainability


Contact Office of Sustainability  

Office of Sustainability


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


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!

Sustainability News and Events

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WCU Pack It Up - Pass It On

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 Let's ditch the dumpster WCU!

Acceptable Items Include:

  • Clothing and Accesssories
  • Kitchen and Dishware
  • Electronics
  • Home Decor and Storage
  • Yoga, Sports & Outdoor Equipment
  • Furniture
  • Bedding and Linens


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The Student Brandywine Project Spring Sessions - Feb 27th, March 20th, and April 17th 

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

  • Feb 27th - Social Justice
  • March 20th - Economic Sustainability
  • April 17th - Environmental Sustainability


Spring 2019 Sustainability Research & Practice Seminar

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!

Spring Schedule of Speakers
  • 2/6 Professor Andrew Snyder, Art & Design - The Lowdown of Lowfire Porcelain
  • 2/13 Professor Dorothy Ives Dewey, Geography and Planning - Zoning for Climate Change: An Exploration of Suburban Practices
  • 2/20 Professor Jingqiu Hu, Chemistry - Using Backyard Waste to Harvest the Energy of the Sun
  • 2/27 Dr. Peter Loedel, Political Science and WCU Director, Center for International Programs - Creating a WCU Global Strategy: Teaching, Research, and Service
  • 3/6 Professor Cheryl Wanko, English - Academic Advising for Sustainability
  • 3/20 Dr. Dikran Kassabian, WCU Vice Presidnet for Information Services & Technology - Sustainability in an Information Technology Context
  • 3/27 Professor Jasmin Tahmaseb, Psychology - Building Supportive and Sustainable Communities for People of All Ages: An Overview of the World Health Organizations' Consortium of Age Friendly Cities and Communities
  • 4/3 Professors Lisa Calvano and Joan Welch, College of Business and Public Management - Meeting UN's Sustainable Development Goals through Sustainable Management Education at WCU
  • 4/10 Professor Yong Hoon Kim, Earth and Space Sciences - Climate Change and Oceans: Impacts and Mitigation
  • 4/17 Professor Whitney Katirai, Health - Teaching Sustainability in Public Health
  • 4/24 Dr. Bradley Flamm, WCU Director, Office of Sustainability - WCU's Climate Action Plan: Five Years of Progress, Five Years of Challeng
  • 5/1 Professors Maria Urrutia, Constance Case, and Gretchen Studlien-Webb, Theatre and Dance - Carnival of Ruin: An Interactice Dance Theater Performance Created to Raise Environmental Awareness

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