West Chester University


Sustainability & Environment Links

  • West Chester University is a member of the Pennsylvania Environmental Resources Consortium (PERC). Our representative on PERC is Kurt Kolasinski from the Department of Chemistry. The Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium is an organization comprised of environmental policy makers and universities and colleges devoted to improving environmental policy and understanding through government and academic cooperation that encourages interdisciplinary analysis and discourse. The Consortium is currently comprised of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, 56 Pennsylvania colleges and universities (which includes Pennsylvania's 14 State System of Higher Education universities), plus Sustainable Pittsburgh.

  • Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research Foundation (ACEER). ACEER is engaged in the Peruvian Amazon and Andes. Our flagship programs include the University Outreach Program (college level training courses in Peru) and the AMIGOS Partnership for Education (linking US and Amazon schools, providing learning materials to Amazon children, teacher training on conservation education, and support for community service projects, i.e. clean water, medical missions).

    ACEER's President is Prof. Roger Mustalish, Department of Health, West Chester University. Their Treasurer is Donald E. Barr, Ph.D., Dean, College of Health Sciences, West Chester University. Learn about one of their colllaborations in the article from the journal Science.

  • WCU works together with Borough Leaders United for Emissions Reduction on local issues. BLUER is an ad-hoc committee, including Tim Lutz from the Department of Geology and Astronomy, formed by the West Chester Borough Council in winter 2006. BLUER's mission is to help our entire community - including our municipal and County government operations, residents, businesses, and nonprofits - reduce greenhouse gas pollution 10% over 2005 levels by the year 2015. This will help us break the trend toward rising greenhouse emissions and put West Chester on a track toward further greenhouse gas reductions, and toward a more sustainable economic and environmental future.

  • The Robert B. Gordon Natural Area for Environmental Studies is administered by the University. The GNA not only supports a great range of life including plant, fungal, avian and vertebrate, but also serves as a "natural laboratory" for various environmental related courses. The Gordon area is an integral aspect of both the environment and education in Chester County.

    The Facility Administrator is Prof. Harry M. Tiebout III and the Stewardship Manager is Dr. Gerard Hertel, both of whom are in the Department of Biology.

  • WCU is also a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. AASHE is an association of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada working to create a sustainable future. It was founded in 2006 with a mission to promote sustainability in all sectors of higher education - from governance and operations to curriculum and outreach - through education, communication, research and professional development.

  • The WCU Green Report for 2009.

  •, a Greenshift Project. This system is meant to promote natural and technological initiatives, which help slow down global warming : Reforestation programs and green hosting with a neutral carbon footprint. Recycling text - Planting forest. From text that you send to, your unique treee will be generated. You can buy a high resolution digital image or a Tree-Shirt with your treee on it. For each treee sold, we will plant a real tree. Plant your treee and participate in growing our global forest .
  • A sustainable future for Chester County is the theme of this website developed by the Chester Country Commissioners. This site serves the following functions:
    • It is an educational tool for learning about sustainability.
    • It is a resource for information on what you can do to promote sustainable practices.
    • It is a portal to stakeholder websites to provide a wide range of perspectives and technical information.
    • It provides tools that promote sustainable practices.
    • It is an opportunity to celebrate success stories that occur in our governments, businesses, institutions and homes relative to sustainability.
    • International scientific cooperation
    • Capacity-building and workforce enhancements; and
    • Sustainable development.
  • The Breathing Earth simulation is a real-time simulation that displays the CO2 emissions of every country in the world, as well as their birth and death rates.

  • The Cookstove Story is told by Nearly 3 billion people in the developing world cook food and heat their homes with traditional cookstoves or open fires. 2 million premature deaths occur every year due to smoke exposure from these methods. Women and children are the most affected. And What's The Solution? A Strategy for Universal Adoption of Clean Cookstoves and Fuels. You can get involved here.

  • The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission is dedicated to uniting the region's elected officials, planning professionals and the public with a common vision of making a great region even greater. Shaping the way we live, work and play, DVRPC builds consensus on improving transportation, promoting smart growth, protecting the environment and enhancing the economy. We serve a diverse region of nine counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer in New Jersey. DVRPC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Greater Philadelphia Region - leading the way to a better future.

  • Department of Energy's overarching mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.

  • The Dictionary of Sustainability Management will help you find definitions of a plethora of terms used to help implement sustainability strategies. For instance, do you know what the triple bottom line is?

  • Earth Portal is a comprehensive resource for timely, objective, science-based information about the environment. It is a means for the global scientific community to come together to produce the first free, expert-driven, massively scaleable information resource on the environment, and to engage civil society in a public dialogue on the role of environmental issues in human affairs.

  • The Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) is a non-profit corporation, founded in 1984, whose mission is to help people conserve energy and to promote a sustainable and socially equitable energy future for all in the Philadelphia region.

  • Environmentally Friendly Resource Library, a collection of links to environmental news and more from Natural Environmental Systems.

  • Environmental Protection Agency leads the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people. They have an extensive set of pages on climate change.

  • The Environmental Sustainability Index is published by the Environmental Performance Measurement Project, which aims to shift environmental decision-making to firmer analytic foundations using environmental indicators and statistics. In collaboration with the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University, and the World Economic Forum, the project produces a periodically updated Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI). The ESI is a composite index tracking a diverse set of socioeconomic, environmental, and institutional indicators that characterize and influence environmental sustainability at the national scale. An Environmental Performance Index focusing on assessing key environmental policy outcomes using trend analysis and performance targets is under development.

  • Fossil Fuel Divestment Petition
  • GenGreen Life - sustainable living made local. The goal of GenGreen is to be the most comprehensive and diverse resource available for people looking to live a locally-focused, environmentally conscious lifestyle. This is accomplished through our network where we have over 35,000 listings to help you live your green life.

  • The Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment seeks to raise awareness of urgent environmental issues and supports individuals and organizations working to find solutions. Our grantmaking supports communication and collaboration in environmental protection, with an emphasis on climate change.

  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was established to provide the decision-makers and others interested in climate change with an objective source of information about climate change. The IPCC does not conduct any research nor does it monitor climate related data or parameters. Its role is to assess on a comprehensive, objective, open and transparent basis the latest scientific, technical and socio-economic literature produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of the risk of human-induced climate change, its observed and projected impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. IPCC reports should be neutral with respect to policy, although they need to deal objectively with policy relevant scientific, technical and socio economic factors. They should be of high scientific and technical standards, and aim to reflect a range of views, expertise and wide geographical coverage.

  • Living on Earth. All the environmental news, from the global to the local. Living On Earth airs twice each week on 91FM WHYY, Sunday mornings at 7:00 and Tuesdays at noon.
  • Millennium Alliance for Humanity and Biosphere (MAHB) The MAHB’s natural scientists and social scientists (sociology, economics, business, humanities, linguistics, etc) are working together now to:

    1. Understand and communicate foresight intelligence;

    2. Create a vision of a plausible and compelling world in 2050 which is moving towards sustainability and social equity.

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA's dedicated scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers and other decision makers with reliable information they need.

  • National Wildlife Federation inspires Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future.

  • Pennsylvania Center for Environmental Education provides links for environmental resources in Pennsylvania - from nature centers to energy-saving products and professional development to funding resources.

  • Pennsylvania Environmental Digest - an update on environmental issues in Pennsylvania.

  • Pennsylvania's Alternative Energy Investment Fund offers incentives to help households and small businesses take advantage of solar energy technology and make improvements to their homes or buildings that conserve energy. You can find out more about these programs at the state's web site.

  • Royal Society of Chemistry Energy & Environment Gateway Links to all content on the RSC website related to environment, sustainability & energy.

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  • Smart Growth America is a coalition of national, state and local organizations working to improve the ways we plan and build the towns, cities and metro areas we call home. The coalition includes many of the best-known national organizations advocating on behalf of historic preservation, the environment, farmland and open space preservation, neighborhood revitalization and more. Their state- and regional-level members are community-based organizations working to save treasured landscapes while making our towns and cities ever more livable and lovable.

  • The mission of the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) is to provide solar power and wireless communications to a quarter of the world's population living in energy poverty.

    SELF believes that energy is a human right. To meet global challenges such as food and water scarcity, climate change and poverty, SELF is working to assign greater priority to the importance of sustainable energy among international development banks, aid agencies, foundations, and philanthropic individuals, who are committed to improving the health, education, and economic prospects of the world's poorest citizens.

  • The Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia is a business organization that brings together local leaders who share a common passion to grow successful businesses that are socially and environmentally responsible. They work with businesses from startups to older companies who want to create or maintain organizations that respect their employees, value the community and protect the earth.

  • Sustainable Energy - Without the hot air. The public discussion of energy options tends to be intensely emotional, polarised, mistrustful, and destructive. We can't be anti-everything! We need an energy plan that adds up. The author of this site wants to help people have honest and constructive conversations about energy. It's not going to be easy to make an energy plan that adds up, but it is possible. We need to get building.

  • 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania is an alliance of organizations and individuals committed to enhancing the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.

  • United Nations Foundation: Sustainable Development We believe in the power of individuals, the private sector, local actors, governments and others to support the United Nations' leadership in conserving the wonders of the natural world toward promoting sustainable development. Their program helps local communities develop sustainable livelihoods around some of the UN's more than 870 World Heritage sites - including such treasures as Ecuador's Galapagos Islands and Mexico's Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

  • The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) coordinates and integrates federal research on changes in the global environment and their implications for society. The latest assessment from the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is the state of the knowledge report of Global Climate Change Impacts in the U.S and can be found here along with other assessments and reports.

  • The We Campaign is a project of The Alliance for Climate Protection - a nonprofit, nonpartisan effort founded by Nobel laureate and former Vice President Al Gore. The goal of the Alliance is to build a movement that creates the political will to solve the climate crisis - in part through repowering America with 100 percent of its electricity from clean energy sources within 10 years.

  • World Community Grid's mission is to create the world's largest public computing grid to tackle projects that benefit humanity. Download and install secure, free software that captures your computer's spare power when it is on, but idle. Research projects include The Clean Energy Project, Computing for Clean Water, Help Fight Childhood Cancer, Human Proteome Folding and many more. Join West Chester University's team.