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Office of Sustainability

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Contact Office of Sustainability  

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

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Sustainability Advisory Council (SAC)

The Sustainability Advisory Council (SAC) furthers the University’s sustainability initiatives by advocating campus research, curriculum revisal, environmentally-friendly development, and community outreach. Everyone is welcome to attend SAC meetings and/or join the work of a committee.

 SAC Mission Statement

WCU's SAC provides leadership, support and opportunities to advance sustainability at WCU and in the surrounding community. SAC leads by advising and advocating for a healthy, environmentally sound, socially just, spiritually fulfilling, and economically viable future. SAC supports wide-ranging sustainability initiatives, including the University's Strategic Sustainability Goals as it moves toward campus-wide carbon neutrality articulated in WCU's Climate Action Plan. Further, SAC provides opportunities for students, administration, faculty, staff and the community to develop the knowledge and skills to be environmentally responsible and involved citizens.

 

Join the SAC

Email the

Office of Sustainability

to join. Faculty, staff, and students meet once a month to stay up-to date on and lead university-wide sustainability efforts.

Join a Committee 

Email the chair of the committee you're interested in joining directly.

Transportation Committee

Chairs

Jessica Schedlbauer and Joan Woolfrey

Statement of Purpose

This committee supports transportation initiatives on the WCU campus that will (1) reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to commuting and travel and (2) provide the WCU community with better commuting and travel choices.  Specifically, the committee works to advance transportation initiatives outlined in WCU's Climate Action Plan, with the goal of bringing campus to carbon neutrality, in coordination with members of the university and surrounding community.

G5 Committee (Gardens, Grounds, Green Roofs, Gordon Natural Area, and Gastronomical Systems)

Chairs

Ashlie Delshad and Lynn Monahan

Statement of Purpose

The G5 working group is focused on promoting sustainability at WCU in the following areas: food systems, the Gordon Natural Area, grounds, green roofs, and the university’s organic vegetable gardens.

Curriculum Committee

Chair

Cheryl Wanko

Statement of Purpose

The Curriculum, Teaching & Learning committee of West Chester University’s Sustainability Advisory Council recognizes that the process of educating for sustainability should engage everyone in the WCU community as teachers and learners. The purpose of the Curriculum, Teaching & Learning committee is to initiate and promote the development of sustainability-related academic programs, professional development, scholarship, and peer-to-peer student learning with the aim of infusing sustainability throughout the campus community. The ultimate aim of the committee is to create a culture of sustainability at WCU that embraces a shared commitment to teaching and learning for sustainability.

Zero Waste Commitee

Chair

Larry Udell

Statement of Purpose

The committee's purpose is to work to eliminate waste from the University in order to move the University toward a zero waste outcome. Work to achieve this goal shall include education of the campus community as well as the incorporation of more efficient waste reduction, composting and recycling programs campus-wide.

Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee

Chair

Kurt Kolasinski

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the Scholarly & Creative Activities committee is to encourage and support faculty, staff, and student collaboration in and across all disciplines, colleges and divisions of the University on all matters relating to sustainability. We seek to address two central challenges:

1.       How do we make WCU institutional data easily and broadly available to any member of the WCU Community for the purposes of research and development of              best practice?

2.       How best do we raise the quality, breadth and visibility of scholarly and creative activities at WCU?

Green Fund Committee (Investments and Finance)

Chair

Mark Davis

Campus Tree Advisory Commitee

Chair

Mike Selby

SUB SAC (Students United by the Sustainability Advisory Council)

Chairs

Abigail Kennedy, Tiffany Kennedy, and Andrew Bathemess

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of SUB SAC is to encourage all students to participate in campus-wide sustainability efforts by providing a student-centered environment for discussion and collaboration. By bringing different student organizations together to collaborate, divide, and conquer on projects, we can achieve the common goal of advancing sustainability at WCU.

 

You Can Garden!

We have three campus gardens! 

North Campus
The North Campus Outdoor Classroom, Laboratory, and Demonstration Garden promotes the use of native plants and organic gardening. A three-season organic vegetable garden, green wall, warm season grasses, water feature, rain barrels, rain garden, container gardens, assortment of berry plants, fruit trees, hugelkultur bed, and on-site composting demonstrate a variety of sustainable gardening and landscaping techniques. It is behind the Schmucker Science Center next to the Planetarium.

South Campus
The South Campus Demonstration Garden is a three-season organic garden producing vegetables, fruits, herbs, and pollinator friendly flowers. It is located within the South Campus Apartments between buildings 837 and 835. The garden serves as a means for the university to promote sustainable agriculture, combat food insecurity on our campus and in our community, and it serves as a pedagogical laboratory and recreational space.

Tanglewood
The newest of the three gardens is located behind the President's residence at Tanglewood.

Everyone is welcome to use the gardens by contributing to the compost bins, picking fresh fruits and vegetables, or just sitting and watching the birds. If you’re interested in learning more about the gardens or volunteering, send an e-mail to the

Office of Sustainability.

 

Join a club!

There are many ways to get involved in sustainability initiatives here at WCU. Student organizations create the foundation on which sustainability intiatives can thrive and grow. E.A.R.T.H. Club pertains to all things related to environmental sustainability, while the Net Impact Club is concerned with sustainability in business. Whatever your passion in sustainability may be, WCU has a club for you. Chances are your major’s department club is already involved with sustainable activities on campus! If your major’s department isn’t involved, join a club anyway, and start discussing how you and other students can get to work!

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