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!
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 http://bit.ly/RamsReUse.
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
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
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.
It's official! The Office of Sustainability has moved to its new home at 114 W Rosedale Ave just in time for the new academic year! We'll be hosting an Open House together with the Sustainability Advisory Council on Tuesday, September 3rd (details to come) but in the meantime, feel free to stop over and check out the new space as we continue to unpack.
WCU community, it's time to reap the rewards from the Spring Move Out donation drive
coordinated by Pack It Up-Pass It On! On Sunday, August 25th from 10am to 2pm, a Fall Yard Sale has been organized in the Sykes Student Union Ballrooms where all
items collected will be on display and available for purchase. Score second hand
finds like lamps, clothing, microwaves, minifridges, furniture, storage items, mirrors,
and other necessities as you settle in to your new digs for the upcoming year. Most
items are priced at under $10 and clothing items will be sold either individually, or
you can opt to fill a bag for $15 (please bring your own reusable shopping bags).
This will be a cash only sale open to the entire WCU community. All proceeds will
go towards funding the program for the next year.
Preview sale items here.
Students concerned about the climate crisis and looking to take meaningful action now are invited to join the Sunrise Movement at its Northeast Regional Summit. From September 7th-9th, 2019 Sunrisers will gather in Providence, Rhode Island for a climate activist training. The summit will be an opportunity to meet other regional hub members and build community across the movement. Attendees will be trained in Sunrise's message as well as communications strategy, action planning, fundraising, creating partnerships, and other core skills in building a powerful grassroots movement to tackle the climate crisis. This is one of Sunrise's biggest trainings yet! For more information please go visit their website or contact the local group of Sunrisers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming this October 3rd to Dickinson College is the exciting BE.Hive on Campus summit! Come together with sustainability professionals and student advocates at this one day event exploring behavioral changes to lower campus emissions and put higher education at the forefront of climate action. Attendees will have the chance to hear presentations from researchers on the latest applications and insights in behavioral science as well as CEOs of sustainability-driven businesses. Any West Chester University student, faculty, or staff member wishing to attend can reach out to the Office of Sustainability for registration. Group transportation will be provided to and from Dickinson College. For more information about the summit or Rare, the organization behind it, visit their website. Rare is a leading behavioral change organization in conservation.
The Office of Sustainability is busy planning for the Fall Semester. We have a full schedule of events – films, lectures, workshops and more – and we’ll provide more details as we get closer to the first day of classes in late August. For now, here are some “Save the Dates” so you can get them on your calendars now:
It’s not too early for students, staff, and faculty to start exploring all the great commuting options you have for the Fall 2019 semester. Take some time this week to:
Zagster Bike Share Program Student Internship
The Office of Sustainability seeks applicants for a 5-10 hour per week Zagster Bike Share program student intern. The paid position is for the Fall 2019 semester, with the possibility of an extension into the Spring 2020 semester. If you're passionate about bicycling and making West Chester University a more bike-friendly place to work and live, this could be the position for you. The application deadline is Friday, August 30, 2019. Want more details? Search for “WCU Office of Sustainability” positions via WCU’s Handshake portal on the Twardowski Career Development Center or write to email@example.com and ask for a copy of the full job announcement.
Office of Sustainability GA Position for Social Media
The Office of Sustainability seeks applicants for a 10 hour per week Graduate Assistantship for Social Media and Student Outreach. The paid position (wages and partial tuition remission) is for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters. If you’ll be enrolled as a WCU graduate student in the Fall semester and you’re passionate about sustainability and student engagement, this could be the position for you. The application deadline is Tuesday, August 20, 2019. Want more details? Search for “WCU Office of Sustainability” positions via WCU’s Handshake portal on the Twardowski Career Development Center or write to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for a copy of the full job announcement.