Research and Publications


Many of Villanova's faculty members have conducted and published research focused on or related to sustainability. This research is carried over into the classroom, where they are able to bring a level of expertises into their field of sustainability. Examples of past published research include:

Dr. Aaron Wemhoff, Tao Dai, Dr. Amy Fleischer, Villanova College of Engineering

The Potential for Thermal Waste Energy Recovery in Industrial Kitchens

Environmental Impact of an Industrial Kitchen: A Case Study

Dr. Peleg Kremer, Villanova College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

2016 "Key insights for the future of urban ecosystem services research"

2016 "The Value of Urban Ecosystem Services: A Spatially Explicit Multicriteria Analysis of Landscape Scale Valuation Scenarios in NYC"

2016 "Estimating stormwater runoff for community gardens in New York City"

Dr. Ruth McDermott-Levy, Villanova College of Nursing

2013 “Fracking, the environment and health: An examination of energy practices and policies that threaten patients”

2012 “Preserving health in the Marcellus region”

2011 “Nurses’ role on green teams: An environmental health opportunity"

2010 “Identifying key personnel in a nurse-initiated hospital waste reduction program”

The Villanova Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering

The VCASE website catalogs much of the sustainability related research done in the College of Engineering. Visit their website.


Villanova University, as a community of learned and learning scholars, respecting the sacredness of all creation, accepts its responsibility to the integrity of Earth and its biodiversity, to the heritage of future generations, and to the security of nations. By utilizing the Augustinian values of Unitas, Veritas, and Caritas, meaning love thy neighbor, promote community unity, and live life in moderation through our curriculum, work environment, and operations, Villanova’s approach to sustainability exemplifies an emphasis on social justice and community service.

For questions regarding campus sustainability email Liesel Schwarz