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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”.

FAQ: Single-Serve Coffee Makers

Thursday, April 13th, 2017
QMy office uses a single-serve coffee maker. What is the environmental impact of these disposable plastic coffee pods?
A: You have options:
  • Lead by example. Brew an appropriately sized pot, use a reusable mug, and encourage others to do the same.
  • Recycle your K-Cups. Branded K-cups are recyclable through specialized recycling collection of #5 plastics. You must separate the filter and grounds from the cup before you make your deposit.
  • Make the switch. Find a brand that is compostable.
  • Send it back. Make use of Keurig’s Grounds to Grow program.

FAQ: Blogsites and E-Newsletters

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Q: I’m interested in learning more about sustainability initiatives and environmental happenings. What blogs and e-newsletters will help me stay up to date?

A: Besides subscribing to the WFU Office of Sustainability’s weekly updates and monthly newsletter, there is an abundant wealth of blogsites and e-newsletters to subscribe to.

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) membership organization that empowers higher education faculty, administrators, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation. To obtain weekly news on sustainability efforts and initiatives in the realm of higher education, subscribe to the AASHE Bulletin.

Triple Pundit is a global media platform that covers the intersection of people, the planet and profit. In both weekly and monthly newsletters, Triple Pundit covers topics ranging from global water and energy challenges to social justice and economic equality, sustainable food to corporate social responsibility, and much more.

GreenBiz seeks to advance the opportunities at the intersection of business, technology and sustainability. Through its websites, events, peer-to-peer network and research, GreenBiz promotes the potential to drive transformation and accelerate progress. Stay up to date with the intersection of business, technology and sustainability by subscribing to the GreenBuzz e-newsletter.

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.

Get Involved: Food on Campus

Monday, January 5th, 2015

QI attended the Make Every Bite Count speaker series, but don’t feel I have any control over the food served on campus. How do I have a say in what food is served on campus?

A. There are a number of ways you can work to make a difference:

  • Join the University Dining Commission, a committee of Student Government. Any WFU student is allowed to attend meetings. Contact Caroline Smith (smitcc11@wfu.edu) to learn more.
  • Complete the annual WFU Dining Survey. Aramark relies heavily on this survey as its primary way of collecting feedback from you, the customer.
  • Take only what you will eat. The less food wasted, the less food purchased, and the more money available to consider purchasing more sustainably produced food.
  • Stay informed about food issues. The more informed you are about food issues, the more empowered you are to make every bite count.

 

Purchasing at Campus Grounds

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Q. Why doesn’t Campus Grounds take Food Dollars?

A. Food Dollars are exclusively accepted at ARAMARK-managed food outlets on campus, as part of the meal plan. Since Campus Grounds is an independent, student-managed outlet, they cannot accept Food Dollars. Students can, however, use Deacon Dollars at Campus Grounds. It’s worth remembering that when you make a purchase at Campus Grounds, the money spent there stays in circulation locally – in the form of locally roasted Krankies Coffee, Be Nice Bagels, Gigi’s Cupcakes, and any of the other local favorites the student managers of Campus Grounds bring in.

FAQ: Carpooling to a Meeting

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Q: Some members of our department are attending a meeting off campus. We think others from Wake Forest might also be attending, but we’re not sure how to connect with them. Is there a way to do that online?

A: Absolutely. Whether you are driving to a meeting, a regional conference, or just an office lunch, you can always offer/seek a ride through Zimride. If you are attending a regional conference and have colleagues from the area attending, you can post a ride that is open to our members in trusted partner network: University of Virginia, Appalachian State University, University of Richmond, UNC Chapel Hill, and NC State University.

Read more frequently asked questions about carpooling on our how to guide, How to Find and Register a Carpool.

FAQ: Carpool Emergency Ride

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Q: I’m considering carpooling, but am uncomfortable not having a means to get somewhere if an emergency arises. Does Wake Forest offer an emergency ride service? (more…)

FAQ: Sustainability Rating

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Q. I noticed that campus has a silver sustainability rating, but that we don’t make the lists of the greenest schools in magazines like the Sierra Club. Why is that?

A. Wake Forest University participates in STARS, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Sustainability Tracking Assessment Rating System (say that three times fast). We undertake this comprehensive reporting effort as a part of our commitment to transparency and accountability.  The framework was developed specifically to measure and track indicators of sustainability in higher education. Each campus that participates makes its report available online; no ratings or rankings are judged out of context or evaluated using metrics that create a limited view of a campuses’ commitment.  Wake Forest is one of many campuses that does not respond to other outside requests for ratings/ranking information. We encourage those groups who would like to showcase campus efforts to draw from our STARS report for any information they might need.

In 2011, 2012, and 2015 WFU submitted a STARS report and was awarded a STARS silver rating, the third highest rating possible.

FAQ: Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Thursday, June 5th, 2014
Q.  I want to stay actively involved over the summer months – are there any volunteer opportunities on campus?
 
Gardening 2011
A. Fortunately, you don’t have to leave Wake Forest to get out and help out. With fewer students on campus over the summer, both the WFU Campus Garden and Campus Kitchen rely on the support of regular volunteers to keep operations in full swing. The campus garden needs help with planting, weeding, harvesting, and composting. The summer months are among the most bountiful, so the garden manager needs extra hands to keep up. Most of the produce grown in the garden is donated to Campus Kitchen, allowing them to prepare more dishes from scratch. Campus Kitchen needs volunteer support to pick up produce, and create and deliver nutritious meals to community agencies that are working to serve the needs of food insecure residents. To learn more about summer gardening hours, sign up for the campus garden listserv and “like” the Office of Sustainability Facebook pageSign up online to volunteer for Campus Kitchen shifts. Sign up for the Sustainability Weekly Update and the volunteer listserv to learn about Office of Sustainability, campus, and community volunteer opportunities as they arise.