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

Mary Robinson - Guest Speaker

Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience & the Fight for a Sustainable Future        


The Office of Sustainability is excited to announce a special guest speaker event coming this February. Former President of Ireland and United Nations Envoy on Climate Change, Mary Robinson, will be coming to West Chester University for an evening talk entitled Hope, Resilience & the Fight for a Sustainable Future.  Mary Robinson leads the way advocating for climate justice and a sustainable future worldwide. The event will be taking place in the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall at 8pm on Tuesday, February 25, 2019. General admission is $22 and tickets can be purchased either online through the West Chester University Box Office or by calling the SSI Ticket Office at 610-436-2266.  There will be opportunities for students to obtain tickets free of charge through the Office of Sustainability.

Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar

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

3/25 Adam Beam (Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission DVRCP) - DVRCP/UC Davis's EV Planning Toolkit: Projecting EV Distribution and Charging Demand

4/1 Professor 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 Professor 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 and Household Items a Second Life

4/22 Professor Jennifer Chandler (Biology) - Identifying and Managing the Invasive Insect, Spotted Lanternfly - A Walk-and-Talk in the Gordon Natural Area  (This week only, meet at the entrance to the Gordon Natural Area on South Campus)

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

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