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!

Upcoming Events

Urban Forestry Conference

Providing Urban Trees with a Good Start: Sidewalks, Tree Wells, and other Best Management Practices



Save the Date for the very first Urban Forestry Conference being held right here at WCU! This conference will provide a space to learn about the best management practices to improve the health of the urban forest to maximize ecosystem benefits.

Friday, March 27, 2020 8:30am-4pm
Sykes Student Union Ballrooms Room 117

Who should attend: municipal tree commission members, community members interested in addressing climate change and storm water issues with improved urban forest, students interested in urban planning and green infrastructure, environmental engineers and planners, landscape management professionals, arborists, and landscape architects

See information about the conference including program details here. Registration can be found by following this link.

Forum on Sustainability & Higher Education



Engage with local Pennsylvania state representatives Carolyn Comitta, from Chester County, and Leanne Krueger, from Delaware County, at a Forum on Sustainability and Higher Education. This event will explore the role of state government in various aspects of sustainability: higher education affordability and access, concerns related to the climate crisis, and how the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education can become a leader in sustainability initiatives.

The event takes place Tuesday, March 31, 2020 from 4:30-6 PM in Sykes Ballroom B. WCU students, staff, and faculty, as well as community members are welcome to attend. There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the legislators, and refreshments will be provided.

Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar



Stream Live at noon on Wednesday

Join us this semester in welcoming scholars and practitioners across a variety of disciplines as they present their research and practical applications of sustainability at this weekly, lunchtime seminar in the Sykes Student Union Building. The Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar is held every Wednesday from 12 pm to 12:50 pm in Sykes 255 A/B. Students, faculty, and community members are all welcome. Refreshments will be provided.  Check out the full line up of presentations for the Spring Semester below:     

1/29  Professor Thomas Andrews (Economics and Finance) - Eat Mor Chikin! A Case Study in Economics, Efficiency, and Sustainability View recording

2/5 Professor Susan Wysor Nguema (Undergraduate Social Work) - Truth and Transformation in the US: A Path Towards Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions  View recording

2/12 Markos Duey (Salesianum School, Concept + Design) - Project 1851: Demonstrating Integrated Sustainability Technology Design - The Carbon-Negative Dwelling  View recording

2/19 Professor Paul Morgan (Educational Foundations & Policy Studies) - Envisioning Higher Education for Sustainability AFTER the Sh*t Hits the Fan  View recording

2/26 Dr. 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

3/11 Spring Break

3/18 Professor Kathleen Riley (Literacy) and Professor Elizabeth Soslau (University of Delaware) - Preparing Youth for Climate Action: Philadelphia Teachers Facilitating Student-Led Social Change in Elementary and Middle School Classrooms  View recording

3/25 Bradley Flamm (Director, Office of Sustainability) - STARS in our Eyes: Documenting WCU Sustainability Efforts  View recording

4/1 Amy Maxcy (Office of Sustainability) - Pack it Up, Pass it On: WCU's First Year of Giving Students' Stuff a Second Life  View recording

4/8 Professors Jessica Schedlbauer and Paul Morgan (WCU Biology and Educational Foundations and Policy Studies Departments) - Solve Climate by 2030: A Campus Debrief and Pennsylvania-Focused Q&A Session View recording

4/15 Kathleen Tobelmann (Executive Member of Students for Sustainable Action) - West Chester and the Campaign for Fair Trade  View recording

4/22 Professor Michael A. Di Giovine and Student Co-Curators Natalie Fenner, Tyler C. Haney, Foster W. Krupp, Ben Popp, and Melina Schauerman - WCU Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology Earth Day at 50: Sustainability and Exhibition Planning in a Time of Pandemic View recording

4/29 Bradley Flamm (Director, Office of Sustainability) - Updating WCU's Climate Action Plan: Creating a Version 2 for our Community of Learners  View recording

Livestreaming of the presentation will be provided by Kristin Herman of WCU’s Distance Education Office via a Zoom website connection at      

Zoom Meeting Password: 836347

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