As the 2016-2017 academic year comes to an end, the Office of Sustainability celebrates and congratulates its interns who are graduating and beginning their professional careers: Leigh Fountain, Eric Gorzeman, Julie Kanter, Akua Maat, and Emily McMullen. These five students have been integral members of the Sustainability staff and have contributed greatly to the development and execution of several campus sustainability initiatives and endeavors.
This year, over 200 members of the Class of 2017 signed the Green Graduation Pledge, an indication of their desire to continue their commitment to sustainability after college. The pledge reads: I pledge to take into account the social and environmental consequences of any future endeavors and to work to improve the sustainability of the communities in which I work, live and play.
The Class of 2017 is invited to join thousands of graduates around the world in a commitment to making environmentally and socially responsible decisions.
By signing the Green Graduation Pledge, students agree to “take into account the social and environmental consequences of any future endeavors and to work to improve the sustainability of the communities in which [they] work, live and play.”
by Page Marshall
By carpooling just twice a week, 1,600 pounds of greenhouse gasses can be kept from the air each year.
As a result of this information, the limited use of Zimride on this campus has proven that members in our community are not yet willing to make sacrifices in order to carpool, due to a variety of reasons — including their overall unawareness of its consequences.
Move out is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to start planning. Students are encouraged to donate or recycle unwanted books, furniture, clothing, and other materials when they move out this spring. Doing so will benefit the local community and allow them to serve as stewards of our environment by reducing waste.
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. To apply, please fill out this form. Unless otherwise indicated, all internships are with the Office of Sustainability and begin in the fall of 2017. Please note that interns are required to attend an on-campus sustainability orientation August 21-22, 2017.
Internship applications are due by Wednesday, April 12 at 11:59pm.
We invite all Wake Forest faculty to enhance their teaching and engagement with sustainability issues by participating in the Magnolias Project May 10-11, 2017 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.
Students, faculty, staff, and friends from the community worked together to beautify campus on Friday, March 24, as part of the Office of Sustainability’s Earth Week celebration. Over 115 volunteers from around the campus community participated in this fifth annual celebration of Wake Forest’s designation as a Tree Campus USA.
Before the planting and clean-up work began, participants gathered to hear from graduate students in the School of Divinity and the Department of Biology, who spoke about human relationships with the non-human environment, from eco-feminist and scientific perspectives. Gail Bretan, Director of Jewish Life, also led participants in readings and song in celebration of Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish New Year for trees.
Each year, sustainability change agents are recognized as Champions of Change for their work to create a more adaptable and resilient campus community. This year, the fourth annual Campus Sustainability Awards celebration took place on March 22 during the Office of Sustainability’s week-long celebration of the Earth.