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Sustainability Events in 2018

Sustainability Showcase 2018: Events to Come

Widener University will continue its advocacy of sustainability by holding a number of events this April. The 2018 Sustainability Showcase will be held on Widener University's Chester Campus. Some of the events planned include:


  • Tree Planting—April 19, 2-5pm
  • Industry Experts Panel—April 19, 12:30-2pm
  • Park Clean-up—April 24, 12-1pm
  • Sustainability Challenges Panel
  • Dogwood Planting Project
  • Poems Around Campus



Sustainability Showcase 2017: What Can You Do?

The 2017 Sustainability Showcase was held March 29 and 30 in the University Center on the Chester Campus. This two-day showcase event focused on sustainability efforts in the community, on campus, and in the classroom at Widener and beyond. Attendees learned about faculty and student sustainability-related research projects and activities, participated in interactive demonstrations, saw what the university is doing to be more sustainable, took fun pictures in the Party Photo Booth, and entered to win valuable prizes. Special, complimentary refreshments included sustainable coffee and locally sourced, sustainable, treats sponsored by Aramark.

Exhibits included One Source Refreshments, Aramark, Sheridan Ford, UPS, Chester Water Authority, Republic Services, University Operations, Widener ITS recycling, ChemClub, Widener’s student sustainability group, and PUSH. Displays and posters highlighted student research on biodiversity at Taylor Arboretum, flooding, engineering, green chemistry, green synthesis, solar power, rainforest preservation, global sustainability, forest management, geology, invasive species, tropical ecology, health, social justice, community action, waste generation, and green buildings.


Showcase Highlights from Wednesday, March 29

  • 9:30 a.m. — Kickoff Coffee Reception in the University Center Atrium: Attendees enjoyed complimentary, sustainable coffee sponsored by One Source Refreshments while they perused the displays and exhibits. Welcome by Provost Stephen Wilhite. Introduction from Chief Sustainability Officer James May. Presentation of the Green Pride Award.
  • 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. — Exhibits, Displays, and Posters in the University Center Atrium.
  • 12:00–2:00 p.m. — Electric Car Demonstration in Front of University Center: Attendees checked out the latest in electric cars, sponsored by Sheridan Ford and coordinated by the School of Business Administration.
  • 1:00–3:00 p.m. — Shade Tree Planting on Campus: Trees purchased by the School of Business Administration were planted near Lipka by Widener and UPS volunteers. Sponsored by UPS and the School of Business Administration.  
  • 2:30–4:00 p.m. — "Sustainability in the Community" Panel in the UC Webb Room: Panelists included Deanna Cain from UPS, Norman Vossschulte from the Philadelphia Eagles, Jessica Kowalski from the Shade Tree Commission, and Michael O’Leary from PECO. The moderator was Chief Sustainability Officer James R. May.
  • 5:30–6:30 p.m. — Open Mic in the UC Atrium: Students, faculty, and staff sang songs, played music, and read their poetry, stories, and literary works related to environmental issues. The open mic was sponsored by the Widener Ink literary journal.


Showcase Highlights from Thursday, March 30

  • 9:30 a.m. — Coffee Reception in the UC Atrium: Attendees enjoyed complimentary, sustainable coffee sponsored by One Source Refreshments while they perused the displays and exhibits.
  • 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. — Exhibits, displays, and posters in the University Center Atrium.
  • 12:20 p.m. — Dance Performance in the UC Atrium: Attendees enjoyed a short dance performance before the lunch-time panel sponsored by Widener Dance Company and Pride Pack.
  • 12:30–2:00 p.m. — "Sustainability in the Curriculum” Panel and Closing Conversation in the UC Webb Room: Panelists included Chad Freed on Marcellus Shale, Kate Goodrich on Taylor Arboretum, Sandy Miller on School of Business Administration outreach, Carli McClaflin on social sustainability and the law, and Gaby Gehron on her experience as a student with sustainability projects. The moderator was Professor Loyd Bastin. A light lunch was provided.


A Special Thank You to Our Corporate & Community Sponsors!


Green Pride T-shirts & Jackets: Perfect for St. Patrick's Day, Earth Day, & Every Day!

We are still fundraising with Green Pride t-shirts, jackets, and tote bags (click links for a large photo of item). All profits go toward sustainability projects at Widener. Save the planet and show your Green Pride! Order yours by e-mailing


Green Pride T-shirt