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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 »

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.