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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 »

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 »

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 »

Call for 2015 Sustainability Interns

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Are you a student interested in making a difference and gaining professional development experience? The following paid internships are available to all Wake Forest University students for fall 2015. In order to apply, please fill out this form. Unless otherwise noted, these internships are with the Office of Sustainability. Please note, interns are required to attend an on-campus sustainability orientation August 19th – 21st. Internship applications are due by Friday, April 10th at 5:00pm. Campus Garden  The intern will collaborate with expert garden mentors, faculty, staff, student, and community volunteers to manage the campus garden across from Spry Soccer Stadium on Polo Road. Management entails all aspects of growing seasonally appropriate crops including, but not limited to, developing and maintaining rotation and cover cropping plans, starting and transplanting crops, watering, mulching, and composting food/yard waste.  The intern will coordinate garden volunteer opportunities, explore… Read more »

Are you a Champion of Change?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Have you facilitated a change to a sustainable practice on campus? Are you teaching a sustainability-focused course or leading a research effort with sustainability-centered outcomes? We want to hear about it! On April 22, 2015 Wake Forest will host our second annual Champions of Change award ceremony. Complete this form by April 7, 2015 to nominate yourself or someone else as a Champion of Change for campus sustainability. Explore a list of last year’s winners. We will accept nominations for awards that honor sustainability through: resource conservation (energy, water, or waste reduction), academics (teaching, research, engaged learning), service and social action, and bright ideas (innovative ideas that have been or could be implemented).

A Lesson about Values

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

This February graduate students in the Applied Sustainability class visited TS Designs, a Certified Benefit Corporation making t-shirts in Burlington, North Carolina. The students spent the morning with company President, Eric Henry, who aims to create the “highest quality, most sustainable, printed apparel,” measuring success against the triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit. Henry discussed his take on sustainability, and the vision for the company that calls North Carolina home. Henry’s vision, and triple bottom line approach, is a consequence of the 1990’s North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). TS Designs, which Henry had operated since 1977, nearly closed its doors when customers and competitors fled to Mexico for cheaper labor and cheaper inputs all across the supply chain. The company, whose bread and butter was 50-cent screen prints for some of the world’s largest apparel brands, could not… Read more »