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Sustainability Events in 2018


Widener will continue its advocacy of sustainability by holding a number of events this April. Some of the events planned include:


Thursday, April 12 ~ Lecture—Restoring for the Future: Duties and Norms of Ecological Restoration

By Professor Anastasia Telesetsky from the Centre for Environmental Law at the University of New Zealand

  • 12:00–1:00 p.m.
  • Located in the Alfred Avins Special Collections Room of the library at Delaware Law School in Wilmington Delaware. A shuttle from the Main Campus to and from Delaware Campus is available upon advanced request. Send an email to with the number in your group no later than 10 a.m. on April 11.


Friday, April 13 ~ Dignity Rights and Environmental Justice Conference

The symposium will explore environmental justice through the lens of human dignity. A diverse group of activists, policy-makers, jurists, practitioners, academics, students, and others will explore principled and practical approaches to advancing environmental justice in our own local neighborhoods and in communities around the world.

  • All day
  • Located at the Delaware Law School in Wilmington, Delaware. A shuttle from the Main Campus to and from Delaware Campus is available upon advanced request. Send an email to with the number in your group no later than 10 a.m. on April 11.
  • Co-Sponsors: The Dignity Rights Project, Widener Law Review, Coming Clean, Delaware Concerned Residents for Environmental Justice, the First State Fund, the ABA Section on Civil Rights and Social Justice, the Global Network for Human Rights and the Environment, and Earthjustice


Saturday, April 14 ~ Veterans Memorial Park Cleanup

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Veterans Memorial Park, adjacent to Crozer Library. Cleaning begins at the MLK statue.
  • Please RSVP to Jessica Kowalski at


Monday, April 16 ~ 2018 Sustainability Expo

Widener University's sustainability expo connects students, faculty, and the community together to support sustainability in all aspects.

  • 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • University Center Atrium at the Main Campus in Chester, PA
  • Try complimentary WUBrew coffee
  • Q&A with Paul Nicklen, an award-winning National Geographic photographer, who uses his camera to reveal the nature of the changing polar regions as the result of climate change. He works as an interpreter and translator of what scientists say about environmental challenges. Nicklen grew up among the Inuit and developed a life-long interest in wildlife and the environment in which they live. This is an RSVP-only event because seating is limited. The event is first-come, first-serve for those who RSVP until all seats are gone, so RSVP as soon as possible. To RSVP, please send an email to The Q&A is 12:30–1:00 p.m. in the Webb Room in University Center
  • Recycle old pens, batteries, wires, devices, and more
  • Learn about Widener's Taylor Arboretum, where you can walk and connect with nature, research local ecosystems and species, and more
  • Come to the open house and meet the faculty who lead our new Sustainability Pathway, which currently comprises 14 general education courses with a sustainability theme spanning 9 departments in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Learn about sustainability and what you can do from our student-led sustainability group
  • Check out our faculty and students' sustainability research, projects, and efforts
  • Wonder at Dr. Grant's miracle motorized bike and see how he has reduced his carbon footprint and saved $


Monday, April 16 ~ Paul Nicklen at the Philadelphia Speakers Series

Paul Nicklen is one of the most successful wildlife and nature photographers of our generation. A passionate advocate for polar and marine biodiversity, Nicklen has spent most of his adult life working in the Arctic and Antarctica. As a photojournalist working in some of Earth's most remote and extreme environments, he faces incredible hardships and personal danger in pursuit of intimate and powerful images of iconic wildlife. His unique style of storytelling blends the ethereal beauty of the icy realm and the mysteries of some of the most elusive polar creatures—both above and underwater—with some of the harsh realities facing these unique and important ecosystems. Working as a photographer for National Geographic magazine, Nicklen has covered a variety of natural history and conservation issues, from the slaughter of narwhals to the environmental impact of salmon farming to the importance of sea ice and polar ecosystems. Despite the challenges, he travels constantly in search of meaningful stories that touch people's emotions and help the public at large connect with some of our planet's most threatened ecosystems.

  • 8:00–9:30 p.m.
  • The Philadelphia Speakers Series is a ticketed event sponsored by Widener University and takes place at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA
  • A shuttle bus runs from Widener's Main Campus to the Kimmel Center and back for those with tickets.



Tuesday, April 17 ~ Student Lobby Day in Harrisburg, PA

Students from CHEM 120 and SSCI 188 will be meeting with state representatives to discuss a current sustainability-related goal.

  • All day
  • State Capital, Harrisburg, PA


Thursday, April 19 ~ Lecture—Nature Goes to Court in Ecuador: Emerging Jurisprudence on Rights to Nature

By Dr. Hugo Echeverria, a professor of environmental law from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador

  • 12:00–1:00 p.m.
  • Located in the Alfred Avins Special Collections Room of the library at Delaware Law School in Wilmington Delaware. A shuttle from the Main Campus to and from Delaware Campus is available upon advanced request. Send an email to with the number in your group no later than 5 p.m. on April 17.


Thursday, April 19 ~ Cherry Tree Planting, New Garden, and the Sustainability and Civic Engagement Pathway

  • 2:00–5:00 p.m.
  • Location is the green space between Wolfgram Library and Kapelski on Main Campus in Chester, PA
  • We will be planting 3 or 4 cherry trees.  We will also be repairing a drainage area near Kapelski Hall and installing a garden for the sustainability and civic engagement pathway at the corner of Kapelski (facing the library).


Thursday, April 19 ~ Industry and Sustainability Panel

Representatives from UPS, the Eagles, and more will gather to discuss their sustainability initiatives with the Widener community

  • 12:30–2:00 p.m.
  • Located in the Webb Room in the University Center on Main Campus in Chester, PA


Saturday, April 21 ~ Stream Clean Up with CRC Watersheds at Deshong Park

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Stream clean up with CRC Watersheds at Deshong Park. We will meet at the front of the park by the museum.
  • Please RSVP to Jessica Kowalski at


Monday, April 23 ~ Chemistry Club's Learn about Polymers Panel

Join in on group discussion about polymers. What they are; how they affect our lives; and what we can do to properly recycle them

  • 12:00–2:00 p.m.
  • Located in University Center Atrium on Main Campus in Chester, PA


Tuesday, April 24 ~ Earth Day / Sustainability Day

We have lots of fun surprises in store!

  • 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
  • Located in University Center Atrium on Main Campus in Chester, PA
  • Sponsored by the Student Sustainability Committee


Wednesday, April 25 ~ Park Cleanup

  • 10:00–11:00 a.m.
  • At the park on Edgmont Avenue adjacent to Main Campus in Chester, PA. We will meet at Lipka Hall.
  • Please RSVP to Jessica Kowalski at


Other Sustainability Events 

  • April 2–30, 2018, 12:00–2:00 p.m.
  • Poems around Campus: Look for poems relating to sustainability topics posted all around Main Campus and in the City of Chester, PA
  • Voter Registration Table, "Get to know the new PA districts": Congressional district boundaries have been redrawn for the 2018 midterm election cycle in PA. Students staffing this table will share information about new maps and help registered voters identify their new districts. The table is being sponsored by POLS 101 American Government. Located in University Center Atrium on the Main Campus in Chester, PA


Sustainability Showcase 2017

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.



A Special Thank You to This Year's Corporate & Community Sponsors!


Green Pride T-shirts & Jackets: Perfect for 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


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