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Office of Sustainability


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Office of Sustainability


Dr. Bradley Flamm, Director, Office of Sustainability
Phone: (610) 436-2053

Amy Maxcy, Department Administrative Support
Phone: (610) 436-2736

703 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19382


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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 The Brandywine Project Staff Sustainability Workshop - March 29, 2019

Coming this March, West Chester University Staff members will have another chance to participipate in The Brandywine Project.  Join us for a half day workshop on sustainability at WCU, complete with interative breakout sessions, networking opportunities, as well as a campus tour of sustainable features at WCU.  Breakfast and a seasonal lunch will be provided to all participants.  The workshop will run from 9am to 2pm in the Philips Autograph Library on Friday, March 29, 2019.  Come learn more and get plugged in to the West Chester University mission of sustainability!  To register, visit the PASSHE Academy.  For all other inquiries, please contact


The Student Brandywine Project Spring Sessions - Feb 27th, March 20th, and April 17th 

This Spring Semester, The Student Brandywine Project will dive even deeper into sustainability by hosting three separate seminar sessions focusing on the three pillars of sustainability.  Guest speakers will present on the social justice, economic, and environmental pieces of sustainability.  If you are a student and previously attended a Brandywine Project, or even if this will be your first session, mark your calendars!  The spring sessions are being held in the Philips Memorial Building Lower Level Conference Room from 6pm to 9pm, dates listed below.  To register follow this link.  Questions, please contact

Feb 27th - Social Justice

March 20th - Economic Sustainability

April 17th - Environmental Sustainability


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Spring 2019 Sustainability Research & Practice Seminar

Our weekly Sustainability Research & Practice Seminar features a wide variety of lectures from WCU faculty and staff.  Join us Wednesdays at noon in Sykes 255A for an exciting lineup this Spring 2019 semester.  Remember to bring your reusable mug for a midday coffee refill!

Spring Schedule of Speakers 

2/6   Professor Andrew Snyder, Art & Design - The Lowdown of Lowfire Porcelain

2/13  Professor Dorothy Ives Dewey, Geography and Planning - Zoning for Climate Change: An Exploration of Suburban Practices

2/20  Professor Jingqiu Hu, Chemistry - Using Backyard Waste to Harvest the Energy of the Sun

2/27  Dr. Peter Loedel, Political Science and WCU Director, Center for International Programs - Creating a WCU Global Strategy: Teaching, Research, and Service

3/6    Professor Cheryl Wanko, English - Academic Advising for Sustainability

3/20   Dr. Dikran Kassabian, WCU Vice Presidnet for Information Services & Technology -Sustainability in an Information Technology Context

3/27   Professor Jasmin Tahmaseb, Psychology - Building Supportive and Sustainable Communities for People of All Ages: An Overview of the World Health Organizations' Consortium of  Age Friendly Cities and Communities

4/3     Professors Lisa Calvano and Joan Welch, College of Business and Public Management - Meeting UN's Sustainable Development Goals through Sustainable Management Education at WCU

4/10   Professor Yong Hoon Kim, Earth and Space Sciences - Climate Change and Oceans: Impacts and Mitigation

4/17   Professor Whitney Katirai, Health - Teaching Sustainability in Public Health

4/24   Dr. Bradley Flamm, WCU Director, Office of Sustainability - WCU's Climate Action Plan: Five Years of Progress, Five Years of Challeng

5/1     Professors Maria Urrutia, Constance Case, and Gretchen Studlien-Webb, Theatre and Dance - Carnival of Ruin: An Interactice Dance Theater Performance Created to Raise Environmental Awareness


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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:

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

You Can Compost!

Located in both the North and South Campus Gardens are compost piles designed to take organic waste like food scraps and, through the process of decomposition, create organic fertilizers that can be used to help nourish the garden crops.  Click on the "What Can I Compost" image to the left and learn more about what items are acceptable.  Before tossing those scraps and peelings into the waste bin, consider collecting and adding them to the campus compost and keep organic waste out of the landfills.

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 Sustainable Commuting Options at West Chester University

You have options when it comes to commuting to and from campus and parking can be a hassle.  For those that live in the borough, the Uptown Loop Shuttle Bus provides daily transportation free for all those with a WCU ID.  The Zagster bikeshare, still going strong, has three bikeshare stations 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.  Live outside of the borough?  Premium parking spaces are available for students and employees who share the ride by carpooling!  If you don't have a carpool connection yet, WCU RideAmigos can help you find a neighbor interested in rideshare.  More information on all your commuting options at WCU's Transportation and Parking Services website!

This is part of the Transportation Initiative



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