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
The Green Office Program Has Launched!
On Friday, April 23rd, 2021 the WCU Green Office Program was officially launched during the Brandywine Project Staff Sustainability Workshop. This program offers WCU employees helpful guides to aid their efforts in making their own office operations more "green," as well as a community forum for sharing ideas, and resources across campus. Check out the guides and forum by following the link below and consider talking to your office colleagues about participating and becoming a WCU Green Office.
Don't Spray Us!: Panel Discussion on Moving Beyond Pesticides
Join us on Thursday, June 17th at 7pm for another thought provoking panel discussion. Don't Spray Us!: Panel Discussion on Moving Beyond Pesticides will bring together knowledgeable panelists to speak to local issues concerning the use of pesticides and the alternatives that may exist. Panelists to include Emma Horst-Martz with PennPIRG, Faran Savitz with Penn Environment, and Drew Toher with Beyond Pesticides. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Cheryl Wanko. This virtual event is free but registration is required to recieve the Zoom link to join (see below). Sponsored by the WCU Office of Sustainability, West Chester Green Team, and members of the Chester County Environment Alliance.
Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar
A big round of applause to all of our presenters in the Spring 2021 Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar! If you missed any presentations you had hoped to join, don't worry! There's a fantastic collection of recordings available through the Digital Commons Sustainable Research and Creative Activities at WCU site. Just click on the links below to view! You can catch up on the whole series at your leisure over the Summer and look to the Fall Semester for another exciting lineup of topics and talks from researchers and practitioners right here at WCU and beyond.
Schedule of Speakers - Spring 2021
2/3 Liz Carper, Instructor/Counselor WCU Counseling & Psychological Services - Connecting in a Socially Distant World View recording
2/10 Professor Megan Schraedley, Communications and Media - Teaching Transition:
Organizing Sustainably through Service-Learning View recording
2/17 Professor Joan Welch, Geography and Planning, and Michael Dunn, Consulting Municipal Arborist, West Chester Borough - West Chester Borough Urban Forest: An Environmental Benefit For All View recording
2/24 John Lattanze, WCU Energy Project Manager - The Sustainability Impacts of
WCU Building Energy Use Management View recording
3/3 Steve Sassaman, Interim Associate Director for the Center for Civic Engagement & Social Impact, Michael Sofis, Senior Scientist at Advocates for Human Potential, Inc., and Scott Ramsey, Associate Faculty, Prescott College - Effective Climate Change Communication Strategies in the [M]anthropocene View recording
3/10 Professor Gopal Sankaran, Public Health - COVID-19 and Sustainable Development Goals: The Pandemic, Politics, and the Road Ahead View recording
3/24 Professor Martin Helmke, Earth & Space Sciences, Abigail Keebler, B.S. Geoscience 2021, and Patricia Haug, M.S. Geoscience 2020 - WCU’s Geoexchange System, Stream Salinization, and Heated Sidewalks: Exercises in Sustainable Connections
3/31 Professor Kathryn (Tina) Alessandria, Counselor Education - Dogs, Stress, and Tests, Oh My! A Wellness Program for Students Taking a High Stakes Test View recording
4/7 Shannon Gillespie, Assistant Director, Center for Civic Engagement & Social Impact, Nick Marcil, M.S. Higher Education Policy & Student Affairs 2022, Maeve Dowd, B.S. Urban & Environmental Planning 2022, and McKenna Kovatch, B.S. Biochemistry 2022 - Creating Community Connections On & Off Campus: RamCorps View recording
4/14 Professor Melanie Vile, Environmental Health - The Impact of Oil Sands Mining on Peatland Ecosystems in Alberta, Canada View recording
4/21 Professor Martha Donkor, History and Women’s and Gender Studies - Women, Globalization, Migration, and Work
4/28 Yu-Shien Ni, Post-Landfill Action Network Atlas Program, Andrew James, M.S. Higher Education Policy & Student Affairs 2021, and Grace Bowden, B.A., Communication Studies 2021 - Beyond Recycling: A Progress Report on WCU’s Ongoing Zero Waste Assessment
Stream Live via Zoom!
Meeting ID: 948 1214 3774