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Campus Tree Update: Willow Oak Removal

Friday, July 21st, 2017

On Saturday, July 22, a Willow Oak in front of Kirby Hall and across the street from the Sutton Center will be removed. This Willow Oak, with extensive decay and a lack of root support on both the East and West sides, is at a high risk for failure under normal weather conditions.

During the tree removal, a portion of Wingate Road will be closed.

For a list of campus tree removals and justifications, click here.

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Tree Removal at Graylyn and NCA#5

Friday, July 7th, 2017

An oak tree at the Graylyn International Conference Center will be removed on July 7-8. After standing for over 100 years, the structural integrity of the tree warrants removal.

As a result, the Coliseum Drive entrance to Graylyn will be closed on both dates to allow for the removal. Visitors are reminded to be cautious and obey traffic directions. During the removal, the main entrance to Graylyn on Reynolda Road will remain open.

Additionally, a red oak tree with internal decay near North Campus Apartment #5 will be removed as soon as possible. Paired with internal decay, the tree is also causing structural damage to the retaining wall and walks, as shown in the photos below.

For an up-to-date list of tree removals and justifications, click here.

FAQ: Zagster Bike Share

Monday, June 26th, 2017
Q: I saw that the National Cycling Center and the City of Winston Salem installed several Zagster bike share stations around town. How can I participate?
A: If you haven’t already, download the Zagster app and join the Winston-Salem, NC bike share. The app will help guide you through the following steps:
  1. BORROW: Get out your phone and open the Zagster app. Login and then enter the bike number in the “RIDE” screen. Tap the “START RIDE” button to start your ride. The app will show you the “CODE” number for the bike you’ve borrowed.
  2. UNLOCK: Enter the code into the bike’s lockbox, which is the box with a keypad on the rack of the bike. Press “ENT”, enter the code, then press “ENT” again. Make sure to press each button slowly and firmly.
  3. The box will flash the “MESSAGE” and “READY” lights once you’ve entered your code correctly. Pull the lockbox lid up and pull out the key inside. Use the key to operate the U-lock that attaches the bike to its station. Close the lockbox before you ride.
  4. RIDE: Have fun and stay safe! Use the U-lock to keep the bike secure if you make stops along the way. You must always lock the bike to a fixed object if you leave the bike during your ride. The lockbox lid must always be closed unless you are using the key inside. Your lockbox code will continue to work throughout your ride.
  5. RETURN: When you’re done, lock the bike back to a Zagster station and close the lockbox. Then go to the app and tap “END RIDE”.

Tree Removed at SFAC

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

On Monday, June 12, a Willow Oak was removed at the west entrance of the Scales Fine Arts Center after being in decline year many years. Another Willow Oak will be planted in its place.

For up-to-date news on campus tree removals, interested individuals can view a list of all tree removals and justifications on the Office of Sustainability’s website.

Decaying Willow Oak Removed from Lot P

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Starting on June 8, Wake Forest’s Landscape Services team began removing a Willow Oak in Parking Lot P, across from Farrell Hall. According to University Arborist Jim Mussetter, this Willow Oak has extensive root decay and has been in decline for many years. Previous efforts to aid the survival of the Willow Oak resulted in a 50 percent reduction of the tree’s canopy.

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Students Overlook Campus Ride-Sharing Network

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

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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. 

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Move Out, Don’t Throw Out

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

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.

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How Valuable are Trees to You?

Friday, March 10th, 2017

For the next couple of weeks, trees across the Wake Forest University campus will be sporting yellow tree tags. Some of the tags offer the calculated value of ecosystem services that the trees provide. Others offer the general positive benefits of trees in our landscape. Others are quotes collected from authors and figureheads about the incalculable value of our campus trees.

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Athletics Scores with Sustainability

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Wake Forest University Athletics is helping to reduce the university’s carbon footprint by reducing energy use. A state-of-the-art LED lighting system in the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial (LJVM) Coliseum court cuts energy use by over 90% and offers a superior viewing experience both in person and on television.

“The updated lighting in the coliseum has greatly improved the fan experience during Wake Forest sporting events.  The LED lights are much more versatile and allow Sports Marketing to use strobe effects and multiple colors during breaks in the action,” John Champlin, Assistant Director of the Professional Development Center and Wake Forest basketball fan, reported. “Overall, the entertainment factor has been greatly increased.”

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Student-Run Coffee Shop Supports Local Food Industry, Supporting Sustainability

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

by Julia Sawchak

While student’s taste buds are happy about upgrades to the Campus Grounds menu, its stomachs aren’t the only ones benefiting from these menu additions.

Campus Grounds initiative to include more local products heavily reduces their carbon footprint and boosts the Winston-Salem economy.

Conventional food distribution is responsible for five to 17 times more carbon dioxide than local and regionally produced food, meaning local purchases drastically reduce our carbon emissions through shorter drives to purchasers, according to research from Columbia University. Many individuals are now choosing to purchase local as a part of their personal sustainability practices.

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