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!
News and Upcoming Events
Student Employment Opportunities
Residence Life and Dining Services Sustainability Graduate Assistantship
This is a 20-hours per week position reporting to Peter Galloway of Student Affairs and working with both Student Affairs and the Office of Sustainability. Students interested in the position can access details on the university’s Handshake platform at: https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/4202775.
Graduate Sustainability Assistantship for Data Monitoring and Analysis
This is a 10-hours per week position reporting directly to the Director of the Office of Sustainability. Students interested in the position can access details on the university’s Handshake platform at https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/4201385.
North Campus Outdoor Classroom and Organic Gardens Internship
The WCU Sustainability Council is seeking to fill two internship positions for the 2021 Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters to work in our north campus native plant outdoor classroom and organic garden by the Planetarium, the Tanglewood organic garden, and the Pigment and Dye Garden at the E.O. Bull Center for the Arts. Students interested in the position can access details on the university’s Handshake platform at https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/4207102.
WCU South Campus Garden Internship
The WCU Sustainability Council (SC) is seeking a Student Garden Intern for the 2021 Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters to be the lead manager of the South Campus Garden. Students interested in the position can access details on the university’s Handshake platform at https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/4207040.
Student Internship at WCU's Gordon Natural Area
The WCU Gordon Natural Area (GNA) is seeking one WCU student to fill a GNA Internship Position for the 2021 Spring semester to work in the natural area with the GNA Stewardship Manager and two other Student Interns. Students interested in the position can access details on the university's Handshake platform at https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/4219883.
Environmental Sustainability Film and Panel Series
in memory of Graham Hudgings
Sponsored by the WCU Office of Sustainability, The West Chester Green Team, and members of the Chester County Environmental Alliance.
Join us this Fall for another series of film screenings and panel discussions on sustainability issues that matter. Each month we will be exploring a new topic and providing an arena for meaningful discussions and further action. See the full schedule below and be sure to register using the links provided for each individual event. Registered attendees will be sent the links needed to join both the film screenings and the Zoom sessions.
September 11th - The Story of Plastic FILM SCREENING
View the film anytime between Wednesday 9/9 to Friday 9/11 through the link provided to registered attendees. Then join us for a post film panel discussion Friday 9/11 at 7pm via Zoom.
October 16th - Clean Water PANEL DISCUSSION
Join us at 7pm on Friday 10/16 for a panel discussion on Clean Water via Zoom.
November 13th - Woman at War FILM SCREENING
View the film anytime between Wednesday 11/11 and Friday 11/13 through the link provided to registered attendees. Then join us for a post film panel discussion and awards ceremony for local women warriors on Friday 11/13 at 7pm via Zoom.
December 11th - Local Environmental Empowerment PANEL DISCUSSION
Join us at 7pm on Friday 12/11 for a panel discussion on Local Environmental Empowerment via Zoom.
Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar
The Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar series is back for the Fall 2020 Semester! Join us in welcoming scholars and practitioners across a variety of disciplines as they present their research and practical applications of sustainability at this virtual seminar, streaming live weekly, via Zoom. The Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar is hosted every Wednesday from 12 pm to 12:50 pm. Students, faculty, and community members are all welcome. Check out the full line up of presentations for the Fall Semester below, as well as recordings of previous presentations on the Digital Commons website by following this link.
Schedule of Speakers - Fall 2020
9/2 Adam Beam, DVRCP - Projecting Electric Vehicle (EV) Distributions and Charging
Demand: DVRPC/UC Davis's EV Planning Toolkit View Recording
9/9 Dr. Hannah Ashley, Convener, WCU Rustin Urban Community Change Axis
(RUCCAS) with Ananiya Jones (WCU Political Science student), Lilah Saber (POWER organizer, WCU YesSocial Work alum) and Mayana Ashley-Carner (CCP student, former Sunrise organizer) - Listening to Young People: Philadelphia Youth Organizers’ Perspectives on 2020 and Sustaining the Movement(s) Beyond View Recording
9/16 Professor Matthew McMahon, Economics and Finance - Second-Best Prioritization of Environmental Cleanup View Recording
9/23 Professor Tina Chiarelli-Helminiak, Graduate Social Work - UN Sustainable Development Goal 4: When Access to Education is Not Enough View Recording
9/30 Professor David Backer, Educational Foundations and Policy Studies - A Green New Deal for Schools: Inequality, Funding, and Finance View Recording
10/7 Professor Kristin Kondrlik, English - Improving the State of Society and Making Men Happy: Rhetorical Citizenship in Historical and Contemporary Vegetarian/Vegan Discourses View Recording
10/14 Thomas Linzey, Senior Legal Counsel, Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights (CDER) - Who Speaks for the Trees? The Movement for the Rights of Nature View recording
10/21 Professor Joan Woolfrey Philosophy, Women’s & Gender Studies, and Faculty Ombudsperson - Contempt in the Public Sphere View recording
10/28 Professor Claire Dente, Undergraduate Social Work - Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice: Ethics of Samfundssind & Agape View recording
11/4 Will Williams, Sustainability Director, West Chester Borough - West Chester’s Energy Future View recording
11/11 Professor Mahbubur Meenar Rowan University Department of Geography, Planning, and Sustainability - Brownfield Redevelopment Planning in a Post-Industrial Landscape: Community Perception vs. Reality POSTPONED TO 12/2/20
11/18 Dr. Walt Cressler University Libraries - Sustainability and the Evolution of the Academic
Library Ecosystem: Pressing Forward with the Greening of WCU’s Presser and F.H. Green Libraries View recording
12/2 Professor Mahbubur Meenar Rowan University Department of Geography, Planning, and Sustainability - Brownfield Redevelopment Planning in a Post-Industrial Landscape: Community Perception vs. Reality POSTPONED from 11/11/20
Stream Live via Zoom!
Meeting ID: 982 0727 7254