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Office of Sustainability


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Office of Sustainability


Dr. Bradley Flamm, Director, Office of Sustainability
Phone: (610) 436-2053

Amy Maxcy, Department Administrative Support
Phone: (610) 436-2736

114 W. Rosedale Ave.
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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2020 Brandywine Project Workshop in Sustainability

Tuesday and Wednesday, January 14 and 15, 2020 (snow date: Thursday January 16)

Philips Memorial Hall Autograph Library

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Faculty from West Chester University and neighboring communities are invited to participate in the 3rd Brandywine Project Workshop, an exciting opportunity to develop or modify courses to focus on issues of sustainability, surrounded by supportive and creative colleagues from our region. Named after the Brandywine Creek watershed, WCU's workshop innovates by comprehensively integrating the local and global with the social, economic, and environmental aspects of sustainability. Novel workshop sessions include: the global context for higher education and sustainability (including the UN Sustainable Development Goals); social justice and sustainability; integrating whole campus immersive learning into the classroom; and best practices for teaching sustainability from students and faculty. Whether or not you are familiar with sustainability, this workshop is the perfect place to begin learning or to deepen your understanding by further exploring your discipline, creating interdisciplinary connections, and becoming more informed about campus and regional sustainability actions & opportunities for teaching. Participants will leave the workshop ready to infuse sustainability knowledge and practices into their own courses and to inspire their students and colleagues to grow a culture of sustainability at their universities and beyond.

Non-WCU Faculty: Would you like to participate, but your semester has already begun? If so, we can accommodate a select number of participants registering for only one day of the workshop. Email for more information.

Registration Costs
Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks. All meals will be vegetarian with vegan option.

  • WCU Faculty - free
  • $50 adjunct faculty
  • $100 early career faculty (tenure-track)
  • $150 regular faculty (tenured)

For information about the workshop contents and format, please email 
For information about campus logistics and accommodations, please email

Register Now!​

In addition, West Chester University faculty attendees will:

  • Prepare a new or revised course syllabus over the spring 2020 semester
  • Meet as a group once during the spring semester to gain additional resources, ideas, and help
  • Deliver your syllabus
  • Receive a stipend of $500 for this professional development experience

Sustainability is not just for scientists. Attaining a sustainable, equitable future will require all fields to understand how their actions shape the planet & affect its many inhabitants. Come meet colleagues from across the disciplines to learn how your field is addressing sustainability and to share this knowledge with your students.

The 3rd Annual Environmental Sustainability Film Series 

Coming again this Fall semester for the the third year in a row, we'll be hosting The Annual Environmental Sustainability Film Series!  Each month a new and exciting documentary will be screened followed by expert panels and Q&A in the Sykes Theater.  See the full line up below!  Admission is free and screenings are open to the public.  Don't miss this opportunity to delve into the world of sustainability through these stunning visual presentations.  Doors open at 5:30pm and the films will begin at 6pm.  Check out the trailers by clicking on the film links.

September 19 Bikes vs Cars

October 17  River Blue

November 7 Reinventing Power

December 12 Eating Animals


Unable to make the first two film screenings?  Both Bikes vs Cars and River Blue are available for live streaming to all West Chester University faculty, staff, and students through Kanopy, thanks to the University Library.

Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar

Join us this semester in welcoming scholars and practitioners from across campus as we explore the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar is held weekly on Wednesdays from 12 pm to 12:50 pm in Sykes 255 A/B. Students, faculty, and community members are all welcome. Refreshments will be provided.  Check out the full line up of presentations for the Fall Semester below:     

9/4  Professor Larry Udell, Philosophy -Sustainability Economics: A Very Short Introduction

9/11 West Chester Green Team Student Interns: Courtney Bodle, Kara Thorpe, and Paige Vermeulen - West Chester Goes Green: 3 WCU Students Work at Grassroots Level in the Community

9/18 Dr. Karl Hausker, World Research Institute - Zero-Net Emissions by 2050: Climate Realities and Challenges 

9/25 WCU Gardens Team: Courtney Bodle, Professor Ashlie Delshad, Jess Lund, Sarah McCone, Milan Ross, Liz Schultz, and Professor Joan Welch - Diversity at Work: Campus Organic Gardens Tour        (This week only: meet at the North Campus or the South Campus Garden)

10/2 Professor Ellie Brown, Psychology - The Biopsychology of Ending Poverty: Lessons from Research on Economic Instability, Household Chaos, and Child Cortisol

10/8 Professor Allison Kolpas, Mathematics - Math Modeling as a Tool to Understand Mayfly Emergence in White Clay Creek and How it Might be Impacted by Climate Change       (This week only on a TUESDAY)

10/16 Professor Jinqiu Hu, Chemistry - Solar Energy Harvesting with Backyard Waste

10/23 Professor Kimberly Johnson, Nutrition - Food Democracy, Community Food Security and Ultra-Processed Foods

10/30 Professors Meg Panichelli and Ginneh Akbar, Social Work - Fat Politics, Intersectionality, and Environmental Justice: Working Towards Health and Sustainability

11/6 Professor Paul Sylvester, Early and Middle Grades Education - Addressing Carbon Emissions from Higher Education Study Abroad Travel

11/13 Steve Sassaman, Associate Director for Experiential Education, Student Success and Risk Managment - The Ethics of Outdoor Education: Increasing Access while Minimizing Environmental Impacts

11/20 Professors David Jones and Karen Watkins, Art + Design -Copenhagen: Sustainable by Design

Livestreaming of the presentation will be provided by Kristin Herman of WCU’s Distance Education Office via a Zoom website connection at

The Biggest Little Farm - Film Screening

We've settled on a date for the rescheduled screening of The Biggest Little Farm!  Join us on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 for this long awaited event in the Mitchell 102.  This recently released film has been generating a lot of excitement for its inspiring tale and gorgeous cinematography, so the Office of Sustainability, the Slow Food Club, and the West Chester Green Team have decided to bring a screening right here to West Chester University!  The screening will begin at 7:30pm.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Check out the film trailer!


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