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Office of Sustainability

Email: sustainability@wcupa.edu

Dr. Bradley Flamm, Director, Office of Sustainability

Address: 
703 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19382

Phone: (610) 436-2053

Sustainability

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!

 

What We Are Doing

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Brandywine Project Staff Sustainability Workshop 

Save the date for Tuesday, October 23rd 2018 for a half-day workshop on campus sustainability initiatives in which WCU staff from all departments and offices play important roles! The workshop will include:

  • Interactive Sessions for Learning about Environmental, Social, and Economic Sustainability and for Planning Initiatives to Advance WCU’s Climate Action Plan and Strategic              Plan Goals
  • A Campus Sustainability Tour
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Opportunities to Network with Co-workers, Develop Sustainability Leadership Skills, and more

To register, please sign up on PASSHE Academy and write to sustainability@wcupa.edu or call x2736 with any questions.

*All staff employees at WCU – from custodial, public safety, academic departments, facilities, Aramark, USH, the WCU Foundation, human resources, student affairs, or any other department or office at the university – are welcome to participate (but please note that this workshop is not intended for faculty who participate in a Brandywine Faculty Sustainability Workshop).

 Brandywine Project Student Sustainability Workshop

WCU Students – do you want to improve sustainability on campus? The Sustainability Advisory Council (SAC), SUB SAC (Students United by the Sustainability Advisory Council), and the Office of Sustainability will be organizing a half-day workshop on Friday, November 9th 2018 to engage West Chester University students in helping design, implement, evaluate, and improve the various environmental, social, and economic sustainability initiatives happening on campus. The program will include:

  • A Geothermal Pumphouse Tour
  • Peer Group Networking
  • Interactive Sessions on Sustainability Initiatives
  • Opportunities to Expand your Knowledge of Sustainability
  • Breakfast and Lunch

To register follow this link. For more information, contact wcusubsac@gmail.com.

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Environmental Film & Lecture Series


Join us on Thursday, October 11th, 2018 for a special screening of Divide in Concord, a film about the struggle in one New England town to address plastic pollution (7:00 pm in Mitchell Hall, Room 102).  Then join us on Friday, November 2nd,  2018 for a screening of Poisoning Paradise, which documents citizen efforts to address the risks associated with the use of agricultural pesticides in Hawaii, in our monthly Environmental Film and Lecture Series.  Located in the Business and Public Management Center, Room 101 at 7:00pm, this event will conclude with expert panels and Q&A time.  The Environmental Film and Lecture Series is co-sponsored by WCU's Office of Sustainability, the Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club, Don't Spray Me, Penn Future and Penn Environment.  Come early for a tour of West Chester University's LEED certified Business and Public Management Center.

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Sustainability Research & Practice Seminar

Our weekly Sustainability Research & Practice Seminar features a wide variety of lectures from WCU faculty and staff. This week, October 17th, we'll be hearing from Professor Kyle Vealey from the English Department on Our Plastic Oceans: Learning to Tell Technical Stories about Wicked Environmental ProbelmsMeet us in Sykes 209 every Wednesday from 12:00-12:50pm to enjoy cookies and coffee while you listen in, and don’t forget to bring a reusable mug to help reduce waste and conserve resources!

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On-campus Gardens

WCU offers three student-led campus community organic vegetable gardens. Incorporated into classes, volunteer efforts, and research, the gardens are valuable resources that help students learn about and appreciate food production. For more information about volunteer opportunities in the campus gardens, e-mail: gardens@wcupa.edu

This is part of the Biodiversity Landscape Initiative and the Food & Dining Initiative

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 Bike Share going strong at WCU

Don’t own a bike? No problem! Three bikeshare stations are located on campus at Allegheny Hall by D Lot, Swope Music Building by M Lot, and along South New Street by the Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center. Annual subscriptions are just $10 with the code “bikewcu” and can be purchased through WCU Zagster.

This is part of the Transportation Initiative

 

 

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