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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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Fall Yard Sale
Brought to you by Pack It Up-Pass It On

It's time to reap the rewards from Pack It Up-Pass It On's Spring Move Out Donation Drive!  On Sunday, August 25th from 10am to 2pm, a Fall Yard Sale will be held in the Sykes Ballrooms showcasing a wealth of second hand treasures donated by students at the end of the last semester.  Most items are priced at under $10 and include household items like electronics, linens, dishware, storage pieces, and lots and lots of clothing!  Come check out all the fabulous finds!  Any funds raised will go towards continuing and expanding this self sustaining initiative into the next academic year.  Cash only please!  Preview an assortment of items on sale at


Flyer for Environmental Film Series

The 3rd Annual Environmental Sustainability Film Series 

Coming again this Fall semester for the the third year in a row, we'll be hosting The Annual Environmental Sustainability Film Series!  Each month a new and exciting documentary will be screened followed by expert panels and Q&A in the Sykes Theater.  See the full line up below!  Admission is free and screenings are open to the public.  Don't miss this opportunity to delve into the world of sustainability through these stunning visual presentations.  Doors open at 6:30pm and the films will begin at 7pm.  Check out the trailers by clicking on the film links.

September 19 Bikes vs Cars

October 17  River Blue

November 7 Reinventing Power

December 12 Eating Animals

Spirituality and Sustainability Colloquium

2nd Spirituality and Sustainability Colloquium

Down to Earth: Religion, Gender, and Politics in the Climate Crisis

On October 3, 2019 the 2nd Spirituality and Sustainability Colloquium will be hosted right here at West Chester University at 7pm in the Sykes Student Union Theater.  Guest speaker, Dr. Catherine Keller is a professor of constructive theology at the Theological School of Drew University. Dr. Keller is a leading progressive theologian and process philosopher whose work attends to matters of social and ecological justice, postmodern philosophy, and ecofeminist theology. She is the author of numerous books, including Face of the Deep: A Theology of Becoming and Cloud of the Impossible: Negative Theology and Planetary Entanglement. In this colloquium Dr. Keller will present about her most recent book, Political Theology of the Earth: Our Planetary Emergency and the Struggle for a New Public, which critically engages the works of Carl Schmitt, Alfred North Whitehead, William Connolly, Donna Haraway, and many others to develop a constructive political theology for the Anthropocene. Dr. Keller will talk about the relevance of political theology for the present ecological emergency, the ongoing struggle for an ecopolitical common good, the complex relationship between theory and practice, and the importance of distinguishing hope from optimism. Dr. Tabassum Ruby will serve as respondent and Dr. Jea Sophia Oh as presider.

An evening reception will be held at 6:30pm prior to Dr. Keller's presentation.  This event is sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium, The Sustainability Advisory Council, Philosophy Department, Women's and Gender Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, and the Office of Sustainability at West Chester University

The Biggest Little Farm Film Screening Flyer

FILM SCREENING - The Biggest Little Farm

Kicking off another great semester of films, you're invited to a special screening of the recently released documentary The Biggest Little Farm.  The film chronicles the journey of two individuals who trade in urban life for a patch of barren farm land in an effort to revitalize and reconnect with the land.  Winner of numerous prestigous film festival awards, this special screening is not to be missed!  Join us on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 7pm in the Sykes Student Union Theater.  Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.  This event is open to the public.

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