January 29, 2020

Sustainability Lunchtime Lectures Return This Spring

Gordon Natural Area at West Chester UniversityThe Office of Sustainability continues its lunchtime lecture series, Sustainability Research and Practice Seminars, every Wednesday at 12 p.m. beginning Jan. 29. Unless otherwise noted, programs are held in Sykes Student Union Room 255 A and B. Light refreshments are provided.

In these 50-minute presentations, WCU faculty and staff or guest speakers talk about practical applications of sustainability, share their expertise and research, and raise awareness of various ways to integrate sustainability for the campus and beyond. This semester’s presenters cover such topics as how communities support electric vehicles; dealing with the invasive spotted lanternfly; and the growth of WCU’s own rehoming project for students’ household goods and clothes “Pack it Up, Pass it On.”

The first seminar is Wednesday, Jan. 29. Thomas Andrews from WCU’s Economics and Finance Department presents “Eat More Chickin! A Case Study in Economics, Efficiency and Sustainability.”

Thanks to the Office of Distance Education, anyone can watch the Sustainability Research and Practice Seminars by live streaming via this Zoom link.

Recordings of many of the presentations will be made available on the Digital Commons Sustainability Research and Creative Activities site.

Here are this semester’s remaining programs (no lecture on March 11 during spring break)

2/5 Susan Wysor Nguema, Undergraduate Social Work. “Truth and Transformation in the U.S.: A Path Toward Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions”

2/12 Marc Duey, Adjunct Professor of Marketing. “Project 1851: The Practical Implications and Obstacles of Demonstrating Integrated Sustainability Technology Designed as a Carbon-Negative Dwelling on a Challenged Homesite in Chester County”

2/19 Paul Morgan, Educational Foundations & Policy Studies. “Envisioning Higher Education for Sustainability AFTER the Sh*t Hits the Fan”

2/26 Nicole Bennett, Vice Provost for Research and Creative Activity. “Creating the Appalachian WELF (Water, Energy, Land, and Food) Model”

3/4 Sustainability Peer Educators Alyssa Harvey, Jacob Mann, Rachel DiRosato, and Erin Mecchi. “Sustainability Peer Education at WCU: Exploring the Impacts of Students Teaching Students”

3/18 Kathleen Riley, Literacy, and Professor Elizabeth Soslau, University of Delaware Dept of Education & Human Development. “Preparing Youth for (Climate) Action: Philadelphia Teachers Facilitating Student-Led Social Change in Elementary and Middle School Classrooms”

3/25 Rob Graff and Adam Beam, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC). “DVRPC/UC Davis's EV Planning Toolkit: Projecting EV Distribution and Charging Demand”

4/1 Mahbubur Meenar, Rowan University Department of Geography, Planning, and Sustainability. “Brownfield Redevelopment Planning in a Post-Industrial Landscape: Community Perception vs. Reality”

4/8 Will Williams, Sustainability Director, West Chester Borough: “West Chester’s Energy Future”

4/15 Jen Maresh, Biology; Amy Maxcy, Office of Sustainability; and Alyssa Harvey, Public Health Major. “Pack it Up, Pass it On: A Campus-Wide Initiative to Reduce Waste and Give Clothing & Household Items a Second Life”

4/22 Jennifer Chandler, Biology. “Identifying and Managing the Invasive Insect, Spotted Lanternfly: A Walk-and-Talk in the Gordon Natural Area” Please note location.


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