West Chester University’s Office of Sustainability Launches Weekly Sustainability Research and Practice Seminars

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WEST CHESTER, PAWest Chester University’s Office of Sustainability (OoS) has launched a series of weekly Sustainability Research and Practice Seminars. These seminars, which will take place every Wednesday at 12 p.m., aim to showcase how West Chester University scholars, students, and staff explore and apply principles of environmental, social, and economic sustainability in their research and work on campus.

Each seminar is designed to last 50 minutes, offering an easily digestible insight into an array of sustainability-related topics. The seminars are free and open to both the campus community and the general public. Attendees can choose to join via Zoom or in person at Sykes Student Union 255 A/B.

April will feature two special programs taking place at different venues. The university’s second Zero Waste Summit will be held on April 10 in the Sykes Student Union Ballrooms, while the April 17 program will take place at the Science and Engineering Center and The Commons, room 107.

The seminar series kicked off on January 31 with Calli Lambard from the WCU Office of Sustainability presenting “Rewilding Our Story: Using Storytelling to Combat Climate Change”. Lambard is a graduate of Susquehanna University, where she double majored in environmental studies and creative writing. She joined OoS last fall after serving as the sustainability bookseller at Commonplace Reader in Yardley, PA.

Note that there will be a break in the series during spring break week, which falls on March 13. All programs will be recorded and archived on the Francis Harvey Green Library’s Digital Commons site. The series is co-sponsored by the Office for Research and Sponsored Programs and the Sustainability Council’s Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee.

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For more information about the seminars, interested individuals can visit wcupa.edu/sustainability.

The series promises an engaging and enlightening journey through the world of sustainability, offering a platform for dialogue, learning, and engagement with the critical issues of our time. With an impressive lineup of speakers and topics, these seminars are set to be a valuable resource for anyone interested in sustainability, whether from an academic, professional, or personal perspective. This initiative embodies West Chester University’s commitment to sustainability and its dedication to fostering an informed and active community.

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