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

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Mobilizing for a Just Transition, a Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Ed

We are excited to announce that West Chester University is a Host Institution for this year’s Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education, a virtual conference taking place October 20-22.  GCSHE offers 3 full days of live content and networking, plus thirty days of on-demand access (through November 22). As a Host Institution, we have unlimited 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.

  • If you are a Presenter or Student Presenter, use the Presenter link provided in your acceptance email and add the Discount Code to receive a free registration.

2.Fill out all the relevant fields.

  • Use your institutional email address only.  The Discount Code is linked to three WCU email domains (,,  Other email addresses (such as Gmail, Outlook, or Yahoo) will not work with the Discount Code.

3.On the Submit Payment page, enter the following Discount Code: WESTCHESTER100520
4.This will drop your total to $0.00.  
5.Complete your registration.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Amy Maxcy at
Details about the conference, about the sessions and tracks focusing on Racial Equity & Social Justice, Student Organizing & Activism, Campus Operations, and more, and about the inspiring Keynote Speakers can be found at this website:

 Environmental Sustainability Film and Panel Series


Fall 2020
Environmental Sustainability Film and Panel Series
in memory of Graham Hudgings

Sponsored by the WCU Office of Sustainability, The West Chester Green Team, and members of the Chester County Environmental Alliance.

Join us this Fall for another series of film screenings and panel discussions on sustainability issues that matter.  Each month we will be exploring a new topic and providing an arena for meaningful discussions and further action.  See the full schedule below and be sure to register using the links provided for each individual event.  Registered attendees will be sent the links needed to join both the film screenings and the Zoom sessions.


September 11th - The Story of Plastic FILM SCREENING                                       

View the film anytime between Wednesday 9/9 to Friday 9/11 through the link provided to registered attendees. Then join us for a post film panel discussion Friday 9/11 at 7pm via Zoom.

Register for The Story of Plastic

October 16th - Clean Water PANEL DISCUSSION                                                       

Join us at 7pm on Friday 10/16 for a panel discussion on Clean Water via Zoom.

Register for the Clean Water

November 13th - Woman at War FILM SCREENING                                                     

View the film anytime between Wednesday 11/11 and Friday 11/13 through the link provided to registered attendees.  Then join us for a post film panel discussion and awards ceremony for local women warriors on Friday 11/13 at 7pm via Zoom.

Register for Woman at War

December 11th - Local Environmental Empowerment PANEL DISCUSSION                 

 Join us at 7pm on Friday 12/11 for a panel discussion on Local Environmental Empowerment via Zoom.

Register for Local Environmental Empowerment

Brandywine Project Staff Sustainability Workshop Invitation

Brandywine Project Staff Sustainability Workshop

Live Webinar


WCU staff members, mark your calendars for the second virtual Brandywine Project Staff Sustainability Workshop, to be held via Zoom over the course of two mornings: Thursday and Friday October 29 and 30, 2020 from 8:30am to 11:30am

The workshop will introduce staff members to the commitment WCU makes to environmental, social, and economic sustainability in the university’s vision and strategic plan. We’ll cover WCU’s accomplishments of the past decade and the challenges and opportunities that staff members can help the university address in the coming years.

All WCU staff members – from any office, department, or division on campus – are encouraged to participate.

The workshop will be facilitated by WCU staff and faculty, the program will include interactive workshop sessions, networking opportunities, a virtual campus sustainability tour, and time to socialize in the morning and when each day’s sessions end. Registration details to come!

Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar

The Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar series is back for the Fall 2020 Semester!  Join us in welcoming scholars and practitioners across a variety of disciplines as they present their research and practical applications of sustainability at this virtual seminar, streaming live weekly, via Zoom. The Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar is hosted every Wednesday from 12 pm to 12:50 pm. Students, faculty, and community members are all welcome. Check out the full line up of presentations for the Fall Semester below, as well as recordings of previous presentations on the Digital Commons website by following this link.

Schedule of Speakers - Fall 2020

9/2 Adam Beam, DVRCP - Projecting Electric Vehicle (EV) Distributions and Charging
Demand: DVRPC/UC Davis's EV Planning Toolkit  View Recording

9/9 Dr. Hannah Ashley, Convener, WCU Rustin Urban Community Change Axis
(RUCCAS) with Ananiya Jones (WCU Political Science student), Lilah Saber (POWER organizer, WCU YesSocial Work alum) and Mayana Ashley-Carner (CCP student, former Sunrise organizer) -
Listening to Young People: Philadelphia Youth Organizers’ Perspectives on 2020 and Sustaining the Movement(s) Beyond  View Recording

9/16 Professor Matthew McMahon, Economics and Finance - Second-Best Prioritization of Environmental Cleanup  View Recording

9/23 Professor Tina Chiarelli-Helminiak, Graduate Social Work - UN Sustainable Development Goal 4: When Access to Education is Not Enough  View Recording

9/30 Professor David Backer, Educational Foundations and Policy Studies - A Green New Deal for Schools: Inequality, Funding, and Finance  View Recording

10/7 Professor Kristin Kondrlik, English - Improving the State of Society and Making Men Happy: Rhetorical Citizenship in Historical and Contemporary Vegetarian/Vegan Discourses  View Recording

10/14 Thomas Linzey, Senior Legal Counsel, Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights (CDER) - Who Speaks for the Trees? The Movement for the Rights of Nature  View recording

10/21 Professor Joan Woolfrey Philosophy, Women’s & Gender Studies, and Faculty Ombudsperson - Contempt in the Public Sphere

10/28 Professor Claire Dente, Undergraduate Social Work - Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice: Ethics of Samfundssind & Agape

11/4 Will Williams, Sustainability Director, West Chester Borough - West Chester’s Energy Future

11/11 Professor Mahbubur Meenar Rowan University Department of Geography, Planning, and Sustainability - Brownfield Redevelopment Planning in a Post-Industrial Landscape: Community Perception vs. Reality

11/18 Dr. Walt Cressler University Libraries - Sustainability and the Evolution of the Academic
Library Ecosystem: Pressing Forward with the Greening of WCU’s Presser and F.H. Green Libraries

Stream Live via Zoom!

Meeting ID: 982 0727 7254
Passcode: 673338

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