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!
News and Upcoming Events
West Chester University Supports the Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education
West Chester University is excited to be a Host Institution for this year’s Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education, a virtual conference taking place October 12-14. GCSHE offers 3 full days of live content and networking, plus eighty days of on-demand access (through December 31). As a Host Institution, we have 200 registration passes for our campus only, as well as unique opportunities to be recognized for our commitment to sustainability. Sign up using the instructions below to gain free access to this great event:
1. Click HERE to register (select Attendee).
a. If you are a Presenter or Student Presenter, use the Presenter Access Code provided in your acceptance email.
2. Fill out all the relevant fields.
a. Use your institutional email address only. The Discount Code is linked to your institution’s email domain (@wcupa.edu, @wcufoundation.org, @ushcommunities.org). Other email addresses (such as Gmail, Outlook, or Yahoo) will not work with the Discount Code and will be deleted.
3. After entering your ticket, but before clicking Checkout, enter the following Promotional Code and hit Apply: WCHESTER090821
4. This will drop your total to $0.00.
5. Complete your registration.
6. Registration deadline is October 14, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Amy Maxcy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you will be able to join us as we explore, reexamine and re-envision sustainability in higher education.
Nature's Best Hope:
Evening Presentation by New York Times Best Selling Author and UDel Entomologist Doug
Join us on Monday, September 13th at 5pm in the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall for a evening lecture by renowned UDel Entomologist and New York Times Best-Selling author, Professor Doug Tallamy.
"Recent headlines about global insect declines and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can- and must take to reverse declining biodiversity, why we must change our adversarial relationship with nature to a collaborative one, and why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope."
This presentation, co-sponsored by the West Chester University Office of Sustainability and the West Chester Green Team, is free and open to the public. All attendees are asked to wear a mask in the concert hall, regardless of vaccination status.
Please NOTE that the event will also be livestreamed via Zoom for anyone not able to attend in person. The Zoom link for the lecture will be https://wcupa.zoom.us/j/93120740043 with the passcode to be entered 213354.
Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar
The Office of Sustainability, the Office for Research and Sponsored Programs, and the Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee of the Sustainability Council are pleased to announce the schedule for the Fall 2021 semester of the WCU Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar. Please join us every Wednesday at noon, in person (255A/B Sykes Student Union) or online via Zoom (link below).
Schedule of Speakers - Fall 2021
9/8 Meteorologist Drew Anderson, Earth and Space Sciences - Communicate Sustainability Successfully: How to Connect with Your Audience View recording
9/15 Dr. Nur Ritter, Office of Sustainability - A Too Brief Visit to an Ecological Treasure: WCU's Gordon Natural Area (This week only: Meet at the entrance to the GNA on South Campus. Weather Permitting.)
9/22 Dr. Bradley Flamm, Office of Sustainability - Getting to Neutral: Updating WCU's Climate and Sustainability Action Plan
9/29 Ms Amy Maxcy, Office of Sustainability - Waste Reduction at WCU: Benchmarking Systems with the Atlas Zero Waste Program
10/6 Professor Hadih Deedat, Undergraduate Social Work - Disasters and BIPOC Communities: The Imperativeness of Sustainability
10/13 Professor Paul Morgan, Educational Foundations and Policy Studies - Education for Sustainability: Linking Schools and Communities in Philadelphia
10/20 Professor Charles Hardy, History - Co-Creating a Pedagogy of the Great Acceleration, the 6th Mass Extinction, and the
10/27 Professor Lisa Huebner, Women's & Gender Studies - Sustaining Diversity in Higher Education: The Importance of Investigating Success
11/3 Professor Janneken Smucker, History - 'Black Power': Sustainability, Empowerment, and Quilts in the Tennessee Valley Association
11/10 Professor Jen Chandler, Biology - Getting out of a Sticky Situation: Differential Escape of Spotted Lanternfly from Two Commonly-Used Trapping Techniques
11/17 Professor Scotty Reifsnyder, Art + Design - Creative Collaborations: Graphic Design for Sustainability Advocacy
12/1 Professor Anita Foeman, Communication and Media - Why Science is Important to Us All: Identity and Environment
Stream Live via Zoom!
Meeting ID: 944 7280 6246