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Apply Today: Campus Garden Manager

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Office of Sustainability is seeking a summer Campus Garden Manager. This position coordinates all aspects of garden production, manages volunteers, facilitates participation by multiple service-related groups, and serves as a public face of the garden to the campus community. The ideal candidate is highly motivated to teach and inspire others about sustainable agriculture. The summer Campus Garden manager position is open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Wake Forest University. Read the full job description and apply here. Applications are due February 12, 2016.

Propose a Unique Internship

Monday, December 7, 2015

Have a great idea for a sustainability-focused internship? Submit a unique internship proposal. We are always looking for new, innovative ways for students to generate sustainability-focused solutions on campus. Your proposal should include an articulation of the need for the proposed project and the landscape of issues surrounding the project. Proposals are due to sustainability@wfu.edu by January 4th, 2016.

Professors attend Paris climate talks

Monday, December 7, 2015

This article was originally published by the WFU News Center.   Wake Forest University Professors John Knox and Justin Catanoso are attending the United Nations conference on climate change in Paris, as representatives from more than 190 countries seek to work out a new international agreement on climate change.  Known as COP21, the 21st Conference of the Parties is the annual meeting of all countries that want to take action for the climate. The conference started Nov. 30 and continues through Dec. 11. Knox and Catanoso leave this week. Knox is an internationally recognized expert on human rights law and international environmental law and serves as the UN’s Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment. Catanoso is director of the university’s journalism program and is a veteran journalist supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Both serve as board members for Wake Forest’s Center for… Read more »

Climate Change Forum: “You must adapt.”

Monday, November 23, 2015

This article was originally published in the Old Gold & Black on November 12, 2015. On Nov. 10 evening, Dr. Eban Goodstein, Director of Bard College’s Center for Environmental Policy and the Bard MBA in Sustainability in New York City, introduced students’ roles in climate change mitigation strategies through his presentation, New Rules for Climate Protection: Student and Citizen Action to Change the Future. Although Goodstein emphasized the importance of student voices in many forums, his presentation focused on the Bard Center for Environmental Policy’s nationwide “Power Dialog” on April 4, 2016, an initiative to mobilize efforts of college students and enable them to have a direct effect on state-level policy. On Aug. 3, 2015, President Obama announced the Clean Power Plan, a new US Environmental Protection Agency regulation designed to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants by 2030. By 2030,… Read more »

Goodstein Introduces the Power Dialog

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Anticipated speaker Dr. Eban Goodstein of Bard College found himself travel-locked in D.C. on November 10, unable to make his long-awaited appearance at Wake Forest. The upshot? Goodstein still managed to deliver his message to students loud and clear: it’s now or never for college students to stake their claim in the national climate change conversation. Two hours before the Republican debate kicked off in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Goodstein settled in at Wake Forest via webcam to stress students’ role in mobilizing climate change initiatives despite the politicized efforts to keep the conversation off the table. Spearheading a new campaign called the Power Dialog, Goodstein is calling for students to engage in face-to-face discourse with climate legislators in all fifty states. “There are lots of ways for students to offer their perspective on this,” said Goodstein. “And by sparking this discussion… Read more »

WFU Recognized as Sustainability Leader

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Wake Forest University has been recognized as a sustainability leader in the 2015 Sustainable Campus Index. The 2015 Sustainable Campus Index highlights top-performing colleges and universities in 17 areas, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). Wake Forest earned 100 percent of points available in the Coordination and Planning subcategory, which recognizes institutions that are dedicating resources to sustainability coordination, developing plans to move toward sustainability, and engaging the campus community in governance.

Transportation Fair – October 21st

Monday, October 19, 2015

Stop by the WFU Transportation Fair from 11:30am-2:00pm outside of Benson to learn more about many of the transportation options that yield better air quality and increase wellbeing. Whether you need a bike tune-up, want to check out electric vehicle options, or want to find a fun hiking and biking trail, a variety of resources will be available. The fair is co-hosted by the Office of Sustainability and Parking and Transportation.

Packer Presents “Lions in the Balance”

Monday, October 19, 2015

Conflict between predators and people have existed as long as we have. Most large predators were eradicated from North America and Europe over the past few hundred years. And even as we have cemented ourselves securely atop the global food web we still sometimes find our lives and even our livelihoods at odds with top predators. On September 28, Craig Packer, a preeminent ecologist at the University of Minnesota, traveled to Wake Forest to discuss one such case. Across much of Southeastern Africa, lions and people regularly come into conflict. Livestock and, all too often, people become prey to lions. This conflict has led to extensive culling of lions across the region and has created the very real possibility of a future without lions. Craig Packer has spent the last 4 decades researching the African savannahs, the intricate ecological connections… Read more »

Fall 2015 Sustainability Interns

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Office of Sustainability and campus partners host multiple student interns each year. Interns meet weekly to stay connected, act collaboratively, and learn from each another. The interns connect with faculty and staff resources across campus in addition to working with peers. Learn more about the interns on our About Us – Staff page. – Alyshah Aziz ‘16: Transportation – Sebastian Irby ’18: Special Projects – Ann Nguyen ’17: Photography and Digital Arts – Megan Blackstock ’18: Campus Garden – Akua Maat ’17: Campus Garden – Emily Claire Mackey ’18: Campus Garden – McKenzie Bradford ’18: Energy Management – Mary Finger ’18: Energy Management – Eric Gorzeman ’17: Energy Management – Bridget Bauman ’16: Sustainability in Dining – Suzanne Mullins ’18: Sustainability in Dining The Energy Management Interns are hosted by Facilities and Campus Services and the Sustainability in Dining… Read more »

Congratulations Class of 2015 Interns

Monday, July 6, 2015

We sent off our graduating interns from the Class of 2015 with hearty congratulations on their outstanding achievements. Bridget Keeler graduated with a major in economics with a minor in environmental studies. After working as the campus dining intern for ARAMARK her sophomore year, Bridget studied sustainability abroad and returned to serve as a Greeks Go Green intern for the 2014-2015 academic year. She is working at Aramark headquarters in a one-year management program, Accelerate to Leadership. Her reflection on her internship: My time with the office allowed me to further explore my interest in sustainability, and made me realize that my career path points toward the sustainable business sector. Working in the office provided me with invaluable information and experience, and I am very grateful for the guidance that was provided by Dedee and Hannah. Araceli Morales-Santos graduated Cum… Read more »