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!



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electronics recycling information

Electronics Recycling
at WCU

Recycle your personal electronics at Sykes Student Union and Francis Harvey Green Library! Our partner PAR-Recycle Works is a nonprofit electronics recycler that provides transitional employment to people returning from prison. Please reference our flyer with information on acceptable items before dropping them off. Learn more about recycling on our initiatives page.

News and Upcoming Events


Celebrate Earth Day All Month Long at WCU

April 17th 12pm in SECC 107 and on Zoom: Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar, Building a Strategic Framework with a  Sustainability Lens at WCU

April 20th: West Chester Earth Day Rally and Celebration, 3pm at Chester County Courthouse and 4:30pm at Unitarian Congregation of West Chester

April 22nd 12pm-3pm on the Academic Quad: Environmental Health Club's Earth Day event

April 23rd 1:30pm SECC 101A: Public Meeting to Review WCU's Pollution Reduction Plan for Stormwater Management

April 24th 12pm in Sykes 255 A/B and on Zoom: Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar,Amending the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act: Human Rights, Sovereignty, and Cultural Sustainability

April 26th *2:15pm* Presidents Walk: Arbor Day Tree Planting with President Fiorentino

 Spring 2024 SRPS

Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar

The Office of Sustainability, along with our partners the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Sustainability Council's Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee are proud to announce the Spring 2024 Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar lineup!

Please join us every Wednesday at noon between January 31 and May 1, 2024. Join us in person in Sykes Student Union 255 A/B or via Zoom.  Many of these presentations will be recorded and archived on our  Digital Commons website as have dozens of previous presentations over the past four years. Interested in speaking in a future seminar series -- whether you're a staff member, student, or faculty member -- please reach out to us at so we can add you to the program.

On April 10th, the SRPS will take place in Sykes Ballrooms in conjunction with the Zero Waste Summit. On April 17th, the SRPS will take place in SECC Room 107.

*There will be no Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar on March 13th due to Spring Break.*

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