As the 2016-2017 academic year comes to an end, the Office of Sustainability celebrates and congratulates its interns who are graduating and beginning their professional careers: Leigh Fountain, Eric Gorzeman, Julie Kanter, Akua Maat, and Emily McMullen. These five students have been integral members of the Sustainability staff and have contributed greatly to the development and execution of several campus sustainability initiatives and endeavors.
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This year, over 200 members of the Class of 2017 signed the Green Graduation Pledge, an indication of their desire to continue their commitment to sustainability after college. The pledge reads: I pledge to take into account the social and environmental consequences of any future endeavors and to work to improve the sustainability of the communities in which I work, live and play.
The Class of 2017 is invited to join thousands of graduates around the world in a commitment to making environmentally and socially responsible decisions.
By signing the Green Graduation Pledge, students agree to “take into account the social and environmental consequences of any future endeavors and to work to improve the sustainability of the communities in which [they] work, live and play.”
Are you a student interested in making a difference and gaining professional development experience? The following paid internships are available to all Wake Forest University students. To apply, please fill out this form. Unless otherwise indicated, all internships are with the Office of Sustainability and begin in the fall of 2017. Please note that interns are required to attend an on-campus sustainability orientation August 21-22, 2017.
Internship applications are due by Wednesday, April 12 at 11:59pm.
Wake students are instrumental in crafting, launching, and nurturing campus-led sustainability initiatives. These efforts—both big and small—contribute greatly to creating a culture of sustainability at Wake Forest University.
To learn how you can be part of the action in 2017, browse our website or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Below are just a few examples of the many sustainable initiatives undertaken by students this past year.
Noella Luka is adjusting to living life in a foreign land—Winston-Salem.
Luka, a documentary film student, recently made the move from her home in Kenya to her “home away from home” at Wake Forest University.
From over 7,700 miles away, Luka continues to seek creative means of communication to teach communities in Kenya, and around the globe, about conservation and environmental stewardship. She describes herself as a storyteller who crafts local stories with global resonance.
“Storytelling gives me an unnerving responsibility to be an opinion leader, to evoke reactions and stir up conversations,” Luka said. “Through words, sounds, and images I attempt to portray a reflection of society, the importance of our actions, and possible solutions.”
In 2015, Luka joined the Laikipian—a youth movement that uses creativity to highlight conservation solutions from an African perspective. Through art, the Laikipian seeks to inspire a generation of informed conservationists. With the primary audience of kids and youth in mind, the Laikipian has successfully fused conservation education into board games, educational posters, a comic book series, and even a coloring book.
Alyshah Aziz graduated Cum Laude with a major in Politics & International Affairs and a minor in Middle East & South Asian Studies. Alyshah served as an Alternative Transportation Intern for six consecutive semesters. She is working as a Business Analyst within Deloitte’s Federal Human Capital Consulting division.
Alyshah’s reflection on the internship: My internship with the Office of Sustainability helped me strengthen my skills in research, writing, marketing, and creativity. My time in the office and my friendships with Dedee, Hannah, Annabel, initiative co-sponsors, and interns are invaluable to me. My biggest takeaway that I will always carry with me is to think critically of what I read, hear, and see. The weekly intern meetings taught me to listen to what I hear and/or see and then investigate. My internship has lead me to view the world and all the activities of humankind from a holistic perspective.
Over 200 WFU graduates made an enduring commitment to sustainability by signing the Green Graduation pledge, an opportunity that over 100 other colleges and universities offer their graduates. All signatories received a reusable travel mug to reinforce sustainable habits. The mugs are printed with Wake Forest’s Green Graduation pledge: I pledge to take into account the social and environmental consequences of any future endeavors and to work to improve the sustainability of the communities in which I work, live and play.
This is the sixth year that Wake Forest graduates have participated in the nationwide pledge movement.
Graduates who missed the initial opportunity to commit can come by the Office of Sustainability during our Homecoming reception in the fall to sign the pledge and/or grab a reusable mug.