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Office of Sustainability


Contact Office of Sustainability  

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!

Sustainability News and Events

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Earth Week Teach-In: Pennsylvania's Environmental Rights Amendment with Mr. Franklin Kury

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.

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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

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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Spring Bicycling Challenge Earth Week Teach-In: Pennsylvania's Environmental Rights Amendment with Mr. Franklin Kury WCU Pack It Up-Pass It On: Volunteers Needed Energy Justice Network WCU RideAmigos Prize Drawing Congrats to Tiffany Kennedy for placing 1st in the Research and Creative Activity Day Poster Presentations! Zagster Bikeshare Flash Mob! Panel Discussion on New BS Nutrition Concentrations Recycling Center Field Trip - April 22nd Banana Day Composting Project - Volunteers Needed! Sustainability Course Offerings Happening This Week: April 8th - April 14th Exciting Opportunities
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