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Office of Sustainability


Contact Office of Sustainability  

Office of Sustainability


Dr. Bradley Flamm, Director, Office of Sustainability

703 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19382

Phone: (610) 436-2053


As an institution of higher education, West Chester University’s primary roles in meeting the challenges of sustainability and climate change are to educate, conduct research, and provide public service. Through these efforts we have an opportunity to instill the knowledge and values of sustainability within our campus and community. At West Chester University, we promote the stewardship of an Earth on which life flourishes into a future of increasing prosperity and opportunity, without reducing the capacity of the environment to provide for future generations of humans and other life. Sustainability requires an understanding of the inter-connected relationship of environmental, societal, and economic issues and resources at both the local and global levels. West Chester University graduates will be prepared to transform their understanding of those connections into a life-long commitment to environmental sustainability and responsible local and global citizenship.

Sustainability 101

Sustainability is dependent on nature and humanity co-existing in interdependence. The Hannover Principles below represent the basic doctrine of a sustainable culture.

Hannover Principles

  • Insist on rights of humanity and nature to co-exist.
  • Recognize interdependence.
  • Respect relationships between spirit and matter.
  • Accept responsibility for the consequences of design.
  • Create safe objects of long-term value.
  • Eliminate the concept of waste.
  • Rely on natural energy flows.
  • Understand the limitations of design.
  • Seek constant improvement by the sharing of knowledge.

William McDonough, Michael Braungart “The Hannover Principles Design for Sustainability” (1992)

Read more about WCU sustainability in WCU magazine Summer - 2010 .

Resources for Teaching Sustainability

Integrating sustainable theories and practices into the curriculum at WCU is critical to expanding sustainable practices. Investing time into educating students, faculty and staff will produce long-lasting results long after alumni have left the campus.Below are materials for teaching about sustainability that have been developed by WCU faculty, staff, students, and affiliated community members.

Written Materials



Interested in learning more about sustainability? Students have a wide variety of options to choose from at WCU, ranging from formal degree programs to general-interest courses. Sustainability is not centralized in one academic department on campus, so students are encouraged to contact the specific department offering the program of particular interest.

Sustainability Courses

View a full list of all of the Sustainability courses  that West Chester offers.

Sustainability Programs

Sustainability Ambassadors

Sponsored by SAC, the Faculty Sustainability Ambassadors Program is designed to assist WCU faculty with incorporating sustainability into their courses. Sustainability Ambassadors are appointed in each college to serve as a resource for their colleagues, and to work with the University Sustainability Coordinator to lead workshops and programs on integrating sustainability into the curriculum. The Sustainability Ambassadors for 2015-2016 are:

College of Arts and Sciences:
Ana Sanchez, Languages and Cultures

College of Business & Public Affairs:
Ashlie Delshad, Political Science
Lisa Calvano, Management

College of Visual and Performing Arts:
Martin Dallago, Theater & Dance
Kate Stewart, Art & Design

College of Education:
Jackie Hodes, Counselor Education

College of Health Sciences:
Lynn Monahan, Nutrition


Passionate faculty and students at WCU seek to use their research to understand and appreciate how the natural world and humanity can co-exist. The following faculty are some of those carrying out research in sustainability at WCU:

A list of some other WCU faculty conducting sustainability research can be found here .

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