- 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.
Archive for the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ Category
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.
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.
Q. I 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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.
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.
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…)
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.
Piedmont E-Waste handles most of the personal e-waste generated by our campus community (old cell phones, CDs, key boards, cords, chargers, old TV monitors, microwaves, etc.). Goodwill Industries recycles our ink and toner cartridges. All technology belonging to Wake Forest (such as Think Pads computers) should be returned by submitting an online service request for surplus pickup.
The Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling only enters into contracts with e-waste recyclers after thoroughly vetting their chain of custody. In addition, the OWRR considers the impact of the contract on the local economy and whether a company illustrates corporate social responsibility. Piedmont E-waste is a local business and Goodwill Industries is a nonprofit offering multiple services to the community, including English language classes and vocational training.
To find out how and where to dispose of e-waste, check out a past FAQ on e-waste disposal.