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!
Attention! Do you love the Earth? The on-campus club E.A.R.T.H. (Environmental Association for the Repair of The Habitat) is in need of student officers for the upcoming semester. EARTH club has been active on campus and in the university for decades! Our biggest event of the year is the annual Earth Day Fair, a fun-filled event on the quad where everyone is welcome to celebrate our wonderful planet. Our club also loves to go on outdoor trips, as well as do volunteer work and host educational movie nights. If you’re interested and you don’t want EARTH club to go away, please contact faculty advisor Dr. Megan Heckert (email@example.com) about being an officer ASAP!
The West Chester Area Council of Governments has set an ambitious goal: 100% renewable electricity by 2035 and 100% renewable heat and transportation by 2050. Public input is needed, however, to make this goal a reality. Join the WCACOG this Thursday, June 11th at 6pm for a public meeting at the West Whiteland Township Building, 101 Commerce Dr. Exton, PA 19341 and lend your ideas. Attendees will participate in break-out sessions with representatvies of Cadmus, a consulting firm specializing in regional energy planning, to provide project guidance. Registration can be found at https://tinyurl.com/renewable2050.
Next Wednesday, July 17th a public hearing will be held in the West Chester Borough regarding a draft ordinance to ban plastic bags and straws. The goal is similar to efforts at West Chester University to eliminate the distribution of plastic bags at all campus retail outlets. Borough residents are encouraged to attend and make their opinion known on this proposed ordinance.
Location: West Chester Borough Hall
401 E Gay St.
West Chester, PA 19380
Date and Time: Wednesday, July 17th 6:30pm to 7pm
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
2 tablespoons garlic cloves, crushed (about 6 cloves)
1/4 cup red curry paste
4 cups (about 19 oz.) sugar pumpkin or butternut squash, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 cups red bell pepper slices
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 (13.5-oz.) can coconut milk, well shaken
1 teaspoon kosher salt
6 cups hot cooked jasmine rice
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
6 lime wedges
Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high. Add onion and garlic to pan; cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to soften, about 4 minutes. Add curry paste; cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add pumpkin, bell pepper, vegetable broth, coconut milk, and salt; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium, and simmer until pumpkin is tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove 4 cups of pumpkin-bell pepper mixture from pan, and set aside.
Place remaining mixture in a blender. Remove center cap from blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure lid on blender, and place a clean towel over opening in lid. Process until smooth.
Return pureed mixture to saucepan, and heat over medium. Stir in reserved pumpkin-bell pepper mixture. Place 1 cup rice in each of 6 shallow bowls; ladle pumpkin mixture over rice. Garnish with cilantro and lime wedges.
Recipe found at www.southernliving.com
Keep it Local Vacation Destination
Looking for a hiking destination a little closer to home? Crow's Nest Preserve, next door to French Creek State Park, offers some beautiful hiking trails to explore teeming with native wildlife. Crow's Nest, situated on the edge of Hopewell Big Woods, makes up part of one of the largest areas of protected land in the region. More information and trail maps can be found on the Natural Lands Trust website.