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
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!
Closing out the festivities of Earth Week 2019 on Friday, April 26th, WCU will be hosting a Teach-In led by former Pennsylvania State Legislator, Mr. Franklin Kury, on Pennsylvania's Environmental Rights Amendment: Past, Present, and Future. Mr. Kury played an integral role in the implementation of the amendment and will be sharing his experience and knowledge with the next generation of future law makers and environmentally conscious constituents. The Teach-In will be hosted in Mitchell Hall, Room 102 from 12pm to 1:30pm on April 26th.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
As the weather warms up and we all step outside to breathe the fresh air and stretch our legs after a long winter, WCU RideAmigos would like to issue a challenge to those who still feel car bound. Join us this April for a Spring Bicycling Challenge and test out the possibilities of an alternative mode of transportation! As you take your own, or a WCU Zagster bike, out for a spin, log your trips on RideAmigos as you go. The three riders posting the most bicycling trips will receive $50, $30, and $20 Saxbys gift cards. This challenge will run the entire month of April. Parking and traffic is a pain, but the weather is fine, so let a bicycle take you from point A to B this spring.
RideAmigos is a comprehensive transportation application brought to you by West Chester University to help you compare all your commuting options side by side! You can explore public transit options, bicycling and walking routes, connect with campus community members interested in carpooling, compete in challenges, and track calories burned as well as money and CO2 saved by choosing less emissions intensive modes of transport.
Closing out the festivities of Earth Week 2019 on Friday, April 26th, WCU will be hosting a Teach-In led by former Pennsylvania State Legislator, Mr. Franklin Kury, on Pennsylvania's Environmental Rights Amendment: Past, Present, and Future. Mr. Kury played an integral role in the implementation of the amendment and will be sharing his experience and knowledge with the next generation of future law makers and environmentally conscious constituents. The Teach-In will be hosted in Mitchell Hall, Room 102 from 12pm to 1:30pm on April 26th. Don't miss this great opportunity!
Needing volunteer hours or extra credit before the end of the semester? Pack It Up - Pass It On is looking for students able to assist with the collection of donated clothing and household items in the weeks leading up to Move Out Day. Each year, dumpsters overflow with unwanted items that pour out from the residence halls at move out. This year, let's ditch the dumpster WCU, and opt to rehome items instead! All donated items will go to a start of term yard sale in the fall. Aside from valuable experience and service hours, several faculty members are offering extra credit to students volunteers. Email email@example.com for more information and sign up for shifts starting Monday, April 22nd through Saturday, May 11th.
Last week, a group of WCU students had the opportunity to take a tour with the Energy Justice Network in Chester, PA, as a part of an Environmental Politics course taught by Professor
Ashlie Delshad. They visited a low income neighborhood that has been disproportionately
affected by pollution from a trash incinerator just a stone's throw away. The Energy
Justice Network is an organization working tirelessly to support communities threatened
by pollution and waste technologies, advocating for a clean energy, zero-emission,
and zero-waste future for all. Only a handful of students were able to take part in
this eye opening experience, but if you have an interest in getting involved with
the Energy Justice Network and the advocacy work they do, you can reach out directly
to Mike Ewall for more information and opportunities. In the coming months, they're looking for
as much help as possible with their advocacy and community organizing. Check out their
website for more information.
If you haven't already heard about WCU's new commuting and transportation app RideAmigos, here's your chance to learn more and enter for a chance to win one of 10 $20 Saxby's Gift Cards. WCU RideAmigos is a one-stop shop, providing users with all their available commuting options for side-by-side comparison, including help connecting securely with other campus community members looking to carpool. Register for a free account between now and April 12th to be entered into the drawing. In order to qualify you must log at least one trip! Check out the app at https://commute.wcupa.edu.
Last week, Tiffany Kennedy, graduating senior, leader and initiator of the nutrition lab composting project, and co-chair of SUB SAC (Students United by the Sustainability Advisory Council), presented a poster at WCU's Research Day on a proposal for a comprehensive, campus-wide, composting project. She won 1st place! Tiffany has already made great strides in helping the university reach its sustainability goals through composting campus food waste, and is now looking for your support. If you'd like to see the university do more towards implementing campus wide composting, take a moment to sign her petition!
Be on the look out this Thursday at noon at both the Academic and Residential Quads for a Zagster Bikeshare Flash Mob and stop by for free giveaways! Codes for a free day's ride will handed out by flash mob cyclists as well as information about the university bikeshare program. So keep your eyes peeled and take advantage of this promotion!
Two exciting, new concentrations have been developed in the undergraduate nutrition program: Lifestyle Nutrition and Sustainable Food Systems Management. Come and learn more about potential career options from professionals in the field on Monday, April 8th at 7:30pm in Brandywine 031 at a panel discussion aimed at exploring the possibilities available to students choosing these educational paths.
The Borough of West Chester, Mayor Dianne Herrin, and the Barclay Grounds Preservation Alliance invite you to celebrate West Chester's 30th Annual Arbor Day on Friday, April 26th from 3pm to 4pm in Barclay Park with the planting of a dogwood tree in honor of WCU Professor and Borough Council Member, Dr. James E. L'heureux. This will be the 30th year that West Chester will be recognized as a Tree City USA. Join in the celebration of our trees with songs, poems, and refreshments. All children and attendees will receive a free sapling!
Help make Banana Day a campus wide composting initiative! Volunteers are needed to stand by compost bins and share fun facts, while encouraging students to compost. All volunteers will be rewarded with a free banana day t-shirt! To sign up, follow this link to a google doc and select an available shift. For questions, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to be connected with the leader of this initiative.
Reading and Writing the World: Place, Sustainability, & Literacy, K-16 - PWP 599-21
Graduate students looking to add a summer course or two, there are still seats available in a Professor Mary Buckelew's Summer I Session: Reading and Writing the World: Place, Sustainability and Literacy (PWP 599 - 21). This is an introductory course for educators (K-16) interested in learning more about place-based education (PBE), sustainability (environmental, social, economic, & personal), and literacy strategies designed to enhance understanding of and implementation of place-based education and sustainability. Educators will explore how to apply these concepts to their own settings. Based on readings, discussions, writings, explorations, and analyses, we will create our own projects and reflect on implications, applications, and extensions for our classrooms, communities, and universe. Contact Professor Buckelew with questions.
Environmental Sociology SOC 245
The Fall 2019 course Environmental Sociology, meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30pm to 1:45pm, is open for registering students now. This course, taught by Professor Aliza Richman, will be addressing such quesitons as, "why are we failing to teach our children about sustainability?" and "why do politicians ignore reputable science?" This course is a general education social science distributive and is open to all students of all majors and years. Questions? Contact Professor Richman.
The Politics of Food PSC 399: Special Topics
Also being offered Fall 2019 is PSC 399: Special Topics - The Politics of Food, which will be taught by Professor Ashlie Delshad. Ever wonder how politics affect our food choices and how those choices impact ourselves, others in our community, and the planet? Get answers to these questions and more by registering for The Politics of Food. This course fulfills PSC majors 300 level PSC course requirement. Contact Dr. Delshad for more information.
SUB SAC Meeting
Today at 2pm, SUB SAC (Students United by the Sustainability Advisory Council) will be meeting in their regularly scheduled location, BPC 312. Students wanting to get involved in SUB SAC for the next academic year, there are leadership positions available! Attend their meetings every Monday at 2pm in BPC 312, or reach out directly to email@example.com and become a force for sustainable good at West Chester University.
Vegout, SUB SAC, and Sustainable Living Yoga Club Vegan Potluck
This week, VegOut, SUB SAC, and the Sustainable Living Yoga Club will be meeting on Tuesday at 6:30pm in Main Hall 200 for a vegan potluck! If you're a member and plan on joining, please being a vegan dish to share (NO egg, meat, fish, milk, cheese, or honey). And remember to bring a reusable container and utensils. To get involved in any or all of these student organizations, connect with the officers using RamConnect.
Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar
This Wednesday, please join us as we welcome Professor Yong Hoon Kim from the College of Earth and Space Sciences for another fascinating lecture on Climate Change and Oceans: Impacts and Mitigation at noon in Sykes 255A. The Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar is a weekly lecture series hosting a variety of WCU scholars and practitioners from over a dozen disciplines to share their research and application of the concepts of environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about sustainability at WCU and beyond. And remember to bring your reusable mug for your midday coffee refill and trademark seminar cookie.
SAC Campus Tree Committee Meeting
The SAC (Sustainability Advisory Council) Campus Tree Committee will meet this Thursday at 2pm in the Office of Sustainability (703 S High Street). All interested faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend and get involved.
SAC Transportation Committee Meeting
This Friday, the SAC (Sustainability Advisory Council) Transportation Committee will hold its last meeting of the semester at 1pm in Anderson 306. Most of the meeting will be spent planning in preparation for the next academic year, but other transportation related initiatives making progress in these last few weeks will also be addressed. These meetings are open to any faculty, staff, or student looking to get involved in promoting sustainable modes of transportation at WCU. For more information or to get on the committee mailing list, reach out to the committee chair, Joan Woolfrey.
West Chester Borough Sustainability Director
West Chester Borough is currently hiring for the position of Sustainability Director. The director will, among other things, create and promote sustainability programming and initiatives within the borough and work together with departments to decrease their environmental impact and incorporate best practices and policies into viable programs. For more information about the positions and application process, follow this link.
Students passionate about sustainability and interested in leadership opportunities, the following student organizations are still looking to fill executive positions for the next academic year. Reach out directly via RamConnect if you're interested in getting involved and taking on one of these roles!
Sustainable Living Yoga Club
Positions available: Treasurer & Vice President
Food Recovery Network
Position available: Outreach Chair
Positions available: President
Positions available: Co-Chairs