Dr. Bradley Flamm, Director, Office of Sustainability
703 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19382
The Sustainability Advisory Council (SAC) furthers the University’s sustainability initiatives by advocating campus research, curriculum revisal, environmentally-friendly development, and community outreach. Everyone is welcome to attend SAC meetings and/or join the work of a subcommittee.
SAC Mission Statement
WCU's SAC provides leadership, support and opportunities to advance sustainability at WCU and in the surrounding community. SAC leads by advising and advocating for a healthy, environmentally sound, socially just, spiritually fulfilling, and economically viable future. SAC supports wide-ranging sustainability initiatives, including the University's Strategic Sustainability Goals as it moves toward campus-wide carbon neutrality articulated in WCU's Climate Action Plan. Further, SAC provides opportunities for students, administration, faculty, staff and the community to develop the knowledge and skills to be environmentally responsible and involved citizens.
Email theOffice of Sustainability
to join. Faculty, staff, and students meet once a month to stay up-to date on and lead university-wide sustainability efforts.
The SAC 2017-2018 Officers and Committees Chairs are:
We have three campus gardens!
The North Campus Outdoor Classroom, Laboratory, and Demonstration Garden promotes the use of native plants and organic gardening. A three-season organic vegetable garden, green wall, warm season grasses, water feature, rain barrels, rain garden, container gardens, assortment of berry plants, fruit trees, hugelkultur bed, and on-site composting demonstrate a variety of sustainable gardening and landscaping techniques. It is behind the Schmucker Science Center next to the Planetarium.
The South Campus Demonstration Garden is a three-season organic garden producing vegetables, fruits, herbs, and pollinator friendly flowers. It is located within the South Campus Apartments between buildings 837 and 835. The garden serves as a means for the university to promote sustainable agriculture, combat food insecurity on our campus and in our community, and it serves as a pedagogical laboratory and recreational space.
The newest of the three gardens is located behind the President's residence at Tanglewood.
Everyone is welcome to use the gardens by contributing to the compost bins, picking fresh fruits and vegetables, or just sitting and watching the birds. If you’re interested in learning more about the gardens or volunteering, send an e-mail to theOffice of Sustainability.
There are many ways to get involved in sustainability initiatives here at WCU. Student organizations create the foundation on which sustainability intiatives can thrive and grow. E.A.R.T.H. Club pertains to all things related to environmental sustainability, while the Net Impact Club is concerned with sustainability in business. Whatever your passion in sustainability may be, WCU has a club for you. Chances are your major’s department club is already involved with sustainable activities on campus! If your major’s department isn’t involved, join a club anyway, and start discussing how you and other students can get to work!