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FAQ: Recycle Bins and Totes

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Q. How do I get a desk-side recycling bin for my office?

A. The Reynolda campus transitioned to desk-side recycling collection for faculty and staff in the spring of 2015. Small blue bins labeled with “Paper, Cans, Bottles” stickers are available for pick-up in the Office of Sustainability. Any desk-side bin with a “Paper, Cans, Bottles” sticker will be regularly emptied by Reynolda campus custodial staff. Larger bins for copy rooms, conference areas, or hallways can be ordered through the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling.

Q. How do I get a green recycling tote for my Residence Hall room?

A. Green recycling totes are distributed during move-in to all first-year students. Students are encouraged to keep their recycling totes for the duration of their time at WFU. The Office of Sustainability keeps a few totes in Reynolda Hall – Room 101 for students who need replacements. Students who return totes during move-out are not guaranteed replacements in the following year. Totes that are returned during move-out are cleaned and redistributed to new students during move-in.

Re-Cycle Bike Sharing Program Challenges Car Culture on Campus

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

It was February 9, 2016 and the area in front of Benson University Center was filled with close to 100 bikes. In a matter of hours, all bikes had been reserved for semester-long use at no cost to students, faculty and staff.

Re-Cycle-Bike-SharingImplementing a free bike-sharing program on a college campus was no easy feat. But behind every successful initiative is an inspired change agent who made it happen—conducted surveys, did the research, identified the means, and converted inspiration to action. Alyshah Aziz, a Politics and International Affairs major from the class of 2016, was that person for Wake Forest University.

It began with CHARGE—WFU’s ten-week leadership development program for first and second-year students. In 2013, Aziz and her group members identified a problem with current modes of transportation in the campus community. Single occupancy vehicles impact roadways, air pollution, health and the greater environment. In an effort to encourage more sustainable transportation modes, they proposed a bike-sharing program for students, faculty and staff. However, when they presented this idea to the WFU Office of Sustainability, they discovered it wasn’t the first time such a program had been proposed. The problem had been implementing the idea. Was there sufficient demand for this program? How would it be funded? Who would manage it?
The ten-week CHARGE program came and went, but Aziz’ passion remained ignited. She applied for a unique internship with the Office of Sustainability to continue the investigation and was accepted. Her initial work included a robust study of demand on campus, including evaluation of price sensitivity among potential user groups.

The tipping point that led to the initiation of the program was the discovery that more than a hundred bikes were abandoned on campus every summer. The organization that had been the recipient of the abandoned property in the past could not use any more bikes. With one solution to two problems in hand, Aziz engaged a variety of other campus offices and organizations to initiate a plan. She partnered with the WFU Cycling Team, Outdoor Pursuits, and University Police to collect and restore 65 usable bicycles that were abandoned on the WFU campus following the 2015 spring semester.

August 2015 marked the pilot program for Re-Cycle, named for the re-use of bicycles that were previously abandoned. To meet unmet demand from the first semester, the Office of Sustainability, WFU Student Activities Fund and the Office of Wellbeing provided financial support to purchase 45 new bikes for the spring semester program. As of February 2016, all bikes had been reserved and over 200 individuals had expressed interest in the program since its pilot.

All WFU students, faculty and staff are eligible to participate in the Re-Cycle bike-sharing program, and there is no cost to borrow a bike. Individuals may reserve a bike for semester-long or short-term use at Outdoor Pursuits. The wait-list for semester-long rentals continues to grow as the program gains popularity. Aside from enabling a free and more sustainable alternative to driving, Re-Cycle also supports the physical well-being of the campus community.

“I hope this program inspires students, faculty and staff to think differently about the way they get from one location to the next,” says Aziz, who will graduate this May. “It’s not easy to influence car culture, and the Re-Cycle bike-sharing program is an important milestone in doing just that.”

In reflecting on the successful launch of this initiative, Dedee DeLongpre Johnston, the campus Chief Sustainability Officer, offered “It’s difficult to estimate how many students come to us each year with ‘good ideas.’ It’s far easier to count those who bring their ideas to fruition. Alyshah’s commitment to execution and professionalism in everything she does is inspiring.”

Farrell Hall Receives LEED Gold Certification

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Farrell Hall, the 130,000 square-foot home to Wake Forest University’s School of Business, recently received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification.

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Photo Courtesy of the WFU School of Business

Among the strategies that contributed to Farrell Hall’s Gold-level certification is its inclusion of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood paneling and regional materials. Almost 30% of the building materials by value were manufactured within 500 miles of the project site. More than 80% of on-site generated construction waste from the project was diverted from landfills. The incorporation of bicycle storage facilities also encourages alternative transportation.

One of the most notable features of the building is its open floor plan with classrooms, offices and social spaces on every floor—an intentional design aspect that encourages faculty-student interaction. Before Farrell Hall’s opening in 2013, School of Business faculty, staff, undergraduates and graduates were housed in two separate buildings on the Reynolda campus.

“Farrell Hall was designed to be an innovative space from the ground up. Our aim was to provide a remarkable home for our school, without compromising our commitment to sustainability. Our open, collaborative environment fosters business education and encourages engagement between faculty, staff and students,” said Charles Iacovou, Sisel Distinguished Dean of the School of Business. “Achieving LEED Gold certification places the School of Business in excellent company at Wake Forest.”

Georgian-style façades facing east, north and south feature Wake Forest’s classic Deacon Blend brick. The building’s modern, glass-covered west side is shaded by a loggia and overlooks a terrace surrounded by a wooded lawn. A minimal number of trees were removed for the project’s construction. “Farrell Hall was sited and organized to take advantage of an existing grove of mature pin oak trees,” said Marek Turzynski, LEED Accredited Senior Associate at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, who served as the firm’s project manager for Farrell Hall.

All new buildings on Wake Forest’s campus are designed to meet a minimum LEED Silver standard. Farrell Hall was made possible by a generous gift from Mike and Mary Farrell in 2010, broke ground in 2011, and opened its doors to students in July of 2013. Prior to any project receiving certification from the US Green Building Council, a post-occupancy performance verification is required. The process to certify projects isn’t quick, as “commissioning of building systems is a complicated process,” explained Turzynski. “A lot of documentation has to be compiled and verified.”

Farrell Hall features 18 total classrooms, 16 of which have natural light—a contributing factor in decreasing energy usage. The building can house 1,250+ students and features office/work areas for 170 faculty and staff. Click here to learn more about Farrell Hall.

Update 3/10/16

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Two Poplar trees will be removed due to a sight line obstruction at the drive to the Arnold Palmer Golf Complex. The removal will take place as early as the afternoon of Thursday, March 10, 2016. Additionally, the McCreary Field House construction site excavation has damaged the root systems of six Virginia Pines, causing them to be a risk to the OS1 building. For removal dates, please contact Wendy Wooten at (336) 758-5689.

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Two Poplar Trees

 

Six Virginia Pine Trees

Six Virginia Pine Trees

Update: 12/15/15

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

During the week of December 21st, a large Red Oak that has died will be removed along Wake Forest Road. The tree is located between the Reynolda Road entrance and the entrance to Byrum Welcome Center. The use of a crane will be required; this may disrupt traffic flow.

 

Update: 12/03/15

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

FullSizeRender (1) (1)A portion of the shrubs at the Northwest corner of the practice football fields will be removed on December 3rd. The removal includes Sasanqua Camellias and Burning Bushes. The removal is necessary to facilitate utility work at the site on December 7th.

A full renovation of the practice football fields will require the removal of the current landscaping adjacent to the full length of the current fields. The remainder of the landscaping, including the ‘Nellie Stevens’ Hollies along Wingate Road, will be removed in January 2016.

Following the renovation of the fields, a 5-foot sidewalk will be constructed along the east side of Wingate Road to increase pedestrian flow. A four to five-foot landscaped area will separate the sidewalk from an eight-foot tall ornamental metal fence.

For information regarding the renovation of the practice football fields, contact Senior Project Manager Wendy Wooten at wootenwr@wfu.edu.

Update: 09/21/15

Monday, September 21st, 2015

A variety of Oak tree species were afflicted with Oak Wilt, died, and then removed from campus. Oak Wilt is a fungus spread by insects for which there are no known treatments. Oak trees were removed from Allen Easley Street,  the Byrum Welcome Center vicinity,  the Presidents House, and Reynolda Village.

Update: 07/06/15

Monday, July 6th, 2015
  • The roses across from the WFU Reynolda Entrance are infected with Rose Rosette Disease. Since there is no treatment for this virus, the plants will be removed.
  • Invasive shrubs along the Village Trail will be mechanically removed in early July. Mechanical removal reduces the use of pesticides. Use of the trail should be minimally impacted.
  • Per the tree care plan, two trees at Graylyn and two trees on campus are dead and must be removed.

Tree removal near SFAC

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

sfac poplarOn Monday, June 15th, a Poplar tree was removed near Scales Fine Arts Center. A new pipe installation under Wake Forest Road required exposed root removal. The tree was also on the bank of a creek, so the root system on the creek side was exposed and undermined by erosion. Both factors made the tree a high risk for blow over.

Tree removal at Worrell

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Damaged tree WorrellDuring the week of May 25th a Red Maple tree was damaged at the HES construction site. These wounds, at a minimum, will cause a column of decay and weaken the tree. The tree will be removed in the near future. A suitable replacement will be chosen and planted during the landscaping phase of the project.