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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Feb 27th - Social Justice
March 20th - Economic Sustainability
April 17th - Environmental Sustainability
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
West Chester University Staff Members, save the date for the next Brandywine Project Staff Sustainability Workshop Friday, March 29th from 9am to 1pm! Join us for a half-day workshop on campus sustainability initiatives in which WCU staff from all departments and offices play important roles! The workshop will include:
· Interactive sessions for learning about environmental, social, and economic sustainability and for planning initiatives to advance WCU’s Climate Action Plan and Strategic Plan goals,
· A campus sustainability tour,
· Breakfast and lunch,
· Opportunities to network with co-workers, develop sustainability leadership skills and more.
More information on registration to come with next week’s edition of The Bulletin.
*All staff employees at WCU – from custodial, public safety, academic departments, facilities, Aramark, USH, the WCU Foundation, human resources, student affairs, or any other department or office at the university – are welcome to participate (but please note that this workshop is not intended for faculty who participate in a Brandywine Faculty Sustainability Workshop).
Students, if you’re passionate about putting an end to food waste on campus, the Food Recovery Network is a great opportunity for taking action. Dedicated students organize the collection of surplus food items and prepared meals from nearly every dining location on campus, transporting meals to local charities as well as to the WCU Resource Pantry. The organization is now planning on expanding its efforts to include pick-ups from Wegmans in Malvern. Way to go!! Volunteers are needed, however, to keep up with the volume of donated surplus food. If you’re interested in getting involved, contact email@example.com or connect directly with the group using RamConnect.
This month, the Student Brandywine Project will host a Sustainability Seminar focusing on the first of the Three Pillars of Sustainability, Social Justice. Students will be joined by a WCU faculty member who will address policy inequality, a local community organization who will discuss poverty, and a student representative to delve into diversity. The seminar will be held in the Philips Memorial Building Lower Level Conference Room from 6pm to 9pm on Wednesday, February 27th. Sign up here to attend and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Monday February 25th at 7pm, West Chester University’s Professor Denise Polk will be presenting at the Ironworks Church on 312 W Union Street in West Chester on Composting in your Backyard. If you’re interested in learning more about composting, take advantage of this free event! Professor Denise Polk is an experienced composter and beekeeper and is sure to give a very informative and eye-opening talk.
PLAN (Post Landfill Action Network) offers a variety or training and instructional webinars through their website each month, all of which students and employees at West Chester University have access to at no cost. You can even be Leadership Certified by completing the three core leadership trainings plus any four additional workshops of your choosing. Upcoming March sessions include Move-Out Planning, Textile Waste with Beyond Retro, and Effective Tabling for Campus Events.
Pack It Up - Pass It On is looking for volunteers to help for Move Out Day 2019! The goal with Pack It Up Pass It On is to help divert household items in good condition from ending up in the dumpster at Move Out Day. More information to come! Email WCUPacknPass@gmail.com if you’re interested in volunteering.
Happening This Week
MONDAY Feb 18th
SUB SAC Meeting - SUB SAC (Students United By the Sustainability Advisory Council) will meet at 2pm today in BPMC 312. All students interested in getting more involved in sustainability initiatives on campus are welcome to join! Contact email@example.com for questions.
SAC G5 Committee Meeting - The SAC G5 (Gordon, Grounds, Green Roofs, Gardens, and Gastronomical Systems) Committee meets this morning at 9am in Anderson Hall 306. All interested faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend and get involved. Contact Professor Ashlie Delshad if interested in joining this committee already making great progress in composting, food recovery, conservation, and green space advocacy and management on campus.
WEDNESDAY Feb 20th
Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar - This Wednesday, please join us as we welcome Professor Jingqiu Hu from the Department of Chemistry for a fascinating lecture on Using Backyard Waste to Harest the Energy of the Sun 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 a reusable mug for a coffee refill.
2019 Summer Sustainability Fellowships with The University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute
UNH Sustainability Fellowships pair exceptional students from across the U.S. with municipal, educational, corporate, and non-profit partners in New England to work on transformative sustainability initiatives each summer. For more information and to apply, use this link.
Urban Agriculture Director Position – City of Philadelphia
The city of Philadelphia is looking to hire an Urban Agriculture Director. This is a grant funded position for one year with the possibility of extension if funding is secured. The Urban Agriculture Director will develop and implement a citywide urban agriculture plan as well as oversee the different FarmPhilly program areas. Details about the position and how to apply can be found here.
Trellis for Tomorrow Summer Internship
Applications are now being accepted for Trellis for Tomorrow’s Summer Internship Program. Interns will gain experience and valuable exposure with many of the programs working in support of Food for All, an innovative community program to address food insecurity in the region. For more information and instructions on how to apply, follow this link.