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Tree removal near SFAC

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

On Monday, June 15th, a Poplar tree was removed near Scales Fine Arts Center. A new pipe installation under Wake Forest Road required exposed root removal. The tree was also on the bank of a creek, so the root system on the creek side was exposed and undermined by erosion. Both factors made the tree a high risk for blow over.

Tree removal at Worrell

Monday, June 15, 2015

During the week of May 25th a Red Maple tree was damaged at the HES construction site. These wounds, at a minimum, will cause a column of decay and weaken the tree. The tree will be removed in the near future. A suitable replacement will be chosen and planted during the landscaping phase of the project.

Tree removal at Kitchin Hall

Thursday, May 7, 2015

During the week of May 11th, trees will be removed from the Kitchin Hall courtyard as part of the renovation project beginning there. After the renovation of the residence hall, new landscaping will be incorporated as part of the overall design.

Bicycle Update

Friday, May 1, 2015

Did you know? Bicycles cannot be left in the bike racks or with Residence Life & Housing over the summer.* All abandoned property, including bicycles, will be removed following commencement.** *Students in summer school will have the chance to notify us that they will have bicycles on campus for the entire summer. **Students who are living in interim housing should move their bicycles to their interim residence hall bike racks. Any bicycles left behind at the interim housing residence hall will be removed on June 1. At the end of the academic year, consider shipping, storing, or donating your bike. If you would like to donate your bike to Wake Forest, student volunteers will refurbish it over the summer and it will join a fleet of bikes in a new bike-sharing program on campus. You can simply email sustainability@wfu.edu and we will… Read more »

Campus Sustainability Awards

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

On the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, change agents for sustainability across the Wake Forest campus gathered for the Champions of Change campus sustainability awards. The awards program recognizes the creativity and innovation of individuals and teams who work to integrate principles of sustainability into operations, teaching, and engagement. Dean of the School of Divinity, Gail O’Day, and Chief of Staff for the Office of the President, Mary Pugel, presented the awards. Winners were recognized in four categories: Resource Conservation, Service and Social Action, Teaching Research and Engagement, and Bright Ideas. The Office of the Registrar and the Surplus Property Program won in the Resource Conservation category. This year, the Office of the University Registrar completed four projects that saved over 13,000 pieces of paper, as well as printing and mailing costs for the university. Since its start in 2011, the Surplus Property Program has diverted nearly… Read more »

Tree removal at Spry soccer stadium

Friday, April 24, 2015

On Monday, April 20th, 18 Virginia Pine trees were removed along the perimeter of Spry soccer stadium as part of the grounds restoration plan for the stadium. Removal of the pines allows for increased light filtration onto the soccer field resulting in healthier turf grass. Deciduous trees exposed by this removal, including red and willow oaks, will now provide the backdrop to the stadium. In addition, an oak tree near the Byrum Welcome Center died and has been removed. It will be replaced later this year.

Arbor Day & Campus Beautification Celebration

Friday, April 10, 2015

Celebrate Arbor Day on Thursday, April 16th from 4:00-6:00pm. The event kicks off with a tree planting ceremony behind Huffman Residence Hall at 4:00pm. Following the ceremony, volunteers will split into groups to beautify the campus. All participants will enjoy a cookout featuring Grayson Natural grassfed burgers. Registration is encouraged, but not required. This event is sponsored by Greeks Go Green, Landscaping Services, and WFU Residence Life & Housing.

Deacs Donate: Reduce Move-out Waste

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Those big green dumpsters in front of the residence halls should be the containers of last choice at move-out. A number of programs are available to make it easy for students to donate or recycle unwanted possessions to prevent these items from ending up in the landfill. Read on for a summary of the move-out programs planned for this year. Deacs Donate What? Reusable house wares, clothing, small appliances, school supplies, canned/dried food and furniture When? May 1 – May 8 How? Smaller items can be placed in blue Goodwill donation boxes in the lobby of every residence hall. Bulky items (futons, shelving units, bookshelves, rugs, etc.) can be taken out in front of each residence hall and placed next to the Deacs Donate sign. Deacs Donate donations are collected by the Resident Student Association, in collaboration with Goodwill. In 2012, Residence Life and Housing’s Deacs Donate program helped students put… Read more »

Accepting Applications: Magnolias Project

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Office of Sustainability and the Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (CEES) invite you to enhance your teaching and engagement with sustainability issues by participating in the Magnolias Project May 12-13, 2015 on the Wake Forest campus.  No prior experience with sustainability-related issues in the classroom or in research is necessary, and faculty at all ranks and career stages are welcome. This innovative approach to curricular change, modeled on the nationally renowned Piedmont Project (Emory University) and Ponderosa Project (Northern Arizona University), provides faculty with an intellectually stimulating and collegial experience to pool their expertise.  Faculty who would like to develop a new course module or an entirely new course that engages issues of sustainability and the environment are encouraged to apply. Detailed information is available on the project’s webpage. Applications are due April 15, 2015. Participants will earn a $500 stipend.

Sorority T-Shirts Get a Makeover

Friday, March 20, 2015

Sororities at Wake Forest University are notorious for the number of shirts that bear their letters. Each spring, hundreds of underclass women join Greek organizations and, as part of a campus wide tradition, are gifted previous semesters’ t-shirts. In a way, this “passing down” of t-shirts can be viewed as a sustainable ritual. On the other hand, it does not quell the flow of ordering among these groups. The global impact of the perpetual purchasing of t-shirts is often lost on the women who are placing the orders. The average conventional cotton t-shirt requires about 700 gallons of water and a half pound of pesticide and herbicide for production. Between the growing, manufacturing, and transporting processes, each shirt is also responsible for a significant amount of energy use. Last fall, Greeks Go Green, a network of peer-to-peer educators for sustainability,… Read more »