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

Electronics Recycling Project


West Chester University has recently partnered with PAR-Recycle Works, a nonprofit electronics recycler that provides transitional employment to people returning from prison, to offer faculty, staff, and students a personal electronics recycling opportunity!  Bring your computers, phones, cables, routers, tablets, even those old dvd/cd players to a collection location in either the Sykes Student Union or the Francis Harvey Green (FHG) Library.  See the list of acceptable items on the flyer and read more about the program in the WCU Libraries blog post linked below.  And remember, these are personal items only.  No university owned devices please!

RAMble Blog Post



Spring 2023 Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar

Another exciting round of presentations is getting under way as the Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar returns for the Spring 2023 semester!  Below you'll find a full lineup of speakers and topics bound to entice, from a wide range of disciplines.  These weekly seminars are hosted on Wednesdays during the lunch hour, 12pm to 12:50pm, making it easy to stop in for a casual and fascinating break.  The Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar is hosted in Sykes 255 A/B and on Zoom, link below.

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 986 0775 3162
Passcode: 878376

Speaker Schedule

Professor John Pisciotta, Biology - Sustainable and Organic Beekeeping in Chester County  View Recording
Professor Jacqueline Alnes, English - Milk Diets, Grape Cures, and Bananas Galore: An Examination of Past and Present Wellness Culture Turned Sour  View Recording

Professor Jen Maresh, Biology - Saving the Eastern Gray Whale: How Science, Industry, and the Public are Coming Together to Protect a Critically Endangered Species from Oil & Gas Activities  View Recording

Joshua Filer, Finance ‘23 - Student Advocacy as a Catalyst for Sustainable and Social Change  View Recording

Sari Steuber and Skip Shuda, Transition Town Media - What do Transition Towns Bring to the Table?  View Recording

Professor Yingying Lyu, Geography and Planning - Walking Culture in China



Professor Cassandra L. Reyes, Criminal Justice - Something Fishy about Crime: How to Teach Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Oceans, Seas, and Resources for Sustainable Development in an Animal Cruelty Criminal Justice Elective Course

Dr. Omosehin Moyebi, Health - Urban Mass Transit: New York State and the MTA Sustainability Initiatives on Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction
Professor Brent Ruswick, History - What's in a Name? The Politics of Commemoration from the un-naming of the Alexander Graham Bell dorm at RIT to the Samuel Schmucker controversy at WCU

Professor Kurt Kolasinski, Chemistry - Energy Input and Economics of Silicon in Energy Storage and Generation

Professors Paul Sylvester, Early & Middle Grades Education, and Michael Di Giovine, Anthropology, in conversation with Bradley Flamm - Offsets and the Path to Carbon Neutrality in Higher Education and Study Abroad


Professor Aliza Richman, Sociology - The State of Sustainability at WCU: Key Insights from WCU’s First Sustainability Census



Certifications and Memberships

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