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
Brandywine Project Staff Sustainability Workshop
Save the date for the next Brandywine Project Staff Sustainability Workshop! The workshop will be hosted in person on the WCU campus from 8am to 11:30pm on Wednesday, February 9th 2022. More details and registration to come!
Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar
Another successful Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar series has wrapped up for the Fall 2021 semester! The Office of Sustainability, the Office for Research and Sponsored Programs, and the Sustainability Council's Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee extends its gratitude to all the speakers who shared their time and knowledge with our audience. If you missed a presentation you had been looking forward to, don't worry! You can find recordings on the Digital Commons site for Sustainability Research and Creative Activities (above). You can also navigate directly to the presentation you're interested in below.
The Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar will be back for the Spring 2022 semester with another lineup of fascination speakers. Keep checking back for details!
Schedule of Speakers - Fall 2021
9/8 Meteorologist Drew Anderson, Earth and Space Sciences - Communicate Sustainability Successfully: How to Connect with Your Audience View recording
9/15 Dr. Nur Ritter, Office of Sustainability - A Too Brief Visit to an Ecological Treasure: WCU's Gordon Natural Area (This week only: Meet at the entrance to the GNA on South Campus. Weather Permitting.)
9/22 Dr. Bradley Flamm, Office of Sustainability - Getting to Neutral: Updating WCU's Climate and Sustainability Action Plan View recording
9/29 Ms Amy Maxcy, Office of Sustainability - Waste Reduction at WCU: Benchmarking Systems with the Atlas Zero Waste Program View recording
10/6 Professor Paul Morgan, Educational Foundations and Policy Studies - Education for Sustainability: Linking Schools and Communities in Philadelphia
10/13 Professor Hadih Deedat, Undergraduate Social Work - Disasters and BIPOC Communities: The Imperativeness of Sustainability View recording
10/20 Professor Charles Hardy, History - Co-Creating a Pedagogy of the Great Acceleration, the 6th Mass Extinction, and the
Climate Crisis View recording
10/27 Professor Lisa Huebner, Women's & Gender Studies - Sustaining Diversity in Higher Education: The Importance of Investigating Success View recording
11/3 Professor Janneken Smucker, History - 'Black Power': Sustainability, Empowerment, and Quilts in the Tennessee Valley Association
11/10 Professor Jen Chandler, Biology - Getting out of a Sticky Situation: Differential Escape of Spotted Lanternfly from Two Commonly-Used Trapping Techniques View recording
11/17 Professor Scotty Reifsnyder, Art + Design - Creative Collaborations: Graphic Design for Sustainability Advocacy View recording
12/1 Professor Anita Foeman, Communication and Media - Why Science is Important to Us All: Identity and Environment View recording