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Sustainability Council (SC)

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

 SC Vision Statement

Our vision is to cultivate a campus community that thrives on the principles of sustainability.  We practice, promote, and advocate for a campus culture and institutional structure that embody a deep respect for the natural world, social equity, and economic justice for all.

Join the SC

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.

Sustainable Food Systems and Green Spaces

Chair

Ashlie Delshad 

Statement of Purpose

The Sustainable Food Systems and Green Spaces Committee 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.

Working Groups

a. Food Waste Management – chaired by Ashlie Delshad
b. Sustainable Food Purchasing – chaired by Jeanie Subach 

Curriculum Committee

Chair

Cheryl Wanko

Statement of Purpose

The Curriculum, Teaching & Learning committee of West Chester University’s Sustainability 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

Jen Maresh

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

Currently seeking new leadership.  Please contact Jessica Schedlbauer with your interest.

Campus Tree Advisory Committee

Chair

Josh Braid

History

 West Chester University Campus Tree Advisory Committee was established within the Sustainability Council in 2012 as part of the process to secure ‘Tree Campus USA’ designation.  Tree Campus USA® is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management, and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.  To achieve the designation, West Chester University (WCU) met and continues to meet Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and a student service-learning project.

Statement of Purpose

 The vision of the WCU Campus Tree Advisory Committee is to advocate for the maintenance, restoration and expansion of the urban forest on campus. The forest is an integral part of the campus environment and one that is directly correlated to the recruitment, retention and education of our students.  As a living laboratory, it provides educational and aesthetic value along with critical ecosystem benefits.  The vision is to increase the campus urban forest diversity and canopy cover to maximize carbon sequestration, habitat for Eastern Deciduous forest organisms, storm water management, and other environmental benefits. 

SSA (Students for Sustainable Action)

Chairs

Abigail Kennedy, Kathleen Tobelmann, Jennifer Gaffney, and Kelly Johnson.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of SSA 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 four 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
Located behind the President's residence at Tanglewood.

Natural Pigment and Dye Garden
Established in the summer of 2019 outside of the E.O. Bull Center, our newest garden features plants used to make natural pigments and dyes for use by instructors and students in WCU’s Art + Design Department.

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 Student Organization!

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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