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Attend the March for Science in Raleigh

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

The Wake Forest Office of Sustainability will be chartering a bus to the March for Science in Raleigh. The bus will depart from the flagpole at the Benson University Center at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, and will return to campus around 4:30 p.m. that same day.

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Intern with the Office of Sustainability

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

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.

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Nominate a Champion of Change

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

Do you know an individual who has made an impact on campus sustainability at Wake Forest? Nominate her or him for a 2017 Champions of Change Award. This year’s winners will be recognized at the fourth annual Campus Sustainability Awards ceremony on March 22.

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Five Ways Wake Students Impacted Sustainability in 2016

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

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 sustainability@wfu.edu. Below are just a few examples of the many sustainable initiatives undertaken by students this past year.

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Art Speaks a Universal Language

Friday, December 9th, 2016

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.

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Congratulations Class of 2016 Interns

Friday, May 27th, 2016
Alyshah was recognized for her Sustainability Leadership at the annual Champions of Change awards ceremony.

Alyshah was recognized for her Sustainability Leadership at the annual Champions of Change awards ceremony.

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. 

Graduates Commit to Living Green

Thursday, May 26th, 2016
Graduating Sustainability Interns Stewart Rickert and Alyshah Aziz host the sixth annual Green Grad pledge.

Graduating Sustainability Interns Stewart Rickert and Alyshah Aziz host the sixth annual Green Grad pledge.

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.

Class of ’16 invited to sign Green Grad Pledge

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

IMG_3794Members of the class of 2016 are invited to sign the Green Graduation Pledge on Friday, May 13 at graduation ticket pick-up outside the University Book Store. Students who sign the pledge are committing 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.”

This is the university’s sixth year offering the Green Graduation Pledge to students. The tradition began 30 years ago at Humboldt State University. Today, more than 100 schools participate in the nationwide pledge drive, facilitated by the Graduation Pledge Alliance.

 

Reduce Waste at Move-Out

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

20100614donate4472Did you know… that the big green dumpsters in front of residence halls are headed to the landfill? Help us keep all reusable or recyclable items out of the dumpsters and in the hands of those who can use them.

Spread the word about these opportunities:

 

Deacs Donate

What? Reusable housewares, clothing, small appliances, school supplies, canned/dried food and furniture

When? April 29 – May 8

How? Smaller items can be placed in blue Goodwill donation boxes in the lobby of every residence hall. Bulky items (futons, shelving units, bookshelves, rugs, etc.) can be taken out in front of each residence hall and placed next to the Deacs Donate sign. Residents of theme houses should contact their resident advisers for information about the location of the donation bins in their areas.

Why? In 2015, the program helped students put approximately 20,000 pounds of clothing and other essentials into the hands of those in need in the Winston-Salem community.

Peer Educators for Sustainability

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

2016-sustainability-ambassadors-wfuWe are excited to announce this year’s Sustainability Ambassadors at Wake Forest University. Sustainability Ambassadors complete a comprehensive curriculum to develop the literacy and skills to be effective peer educators for sustainability. In this role, ambassadors work closely with the Office of Sustainability to educate, encourage and measure success of sustainability efforts among students.

Emily Claire Mackey, an Advanced Sustainability Ambassador, explains, “Many students view sustainability as the green recycling tote in their dorm room, but living in a sustainable world goes far beyond that.”

Among other outreach activities, Sustainability Ambassadors deliver presentations to fellow students, participate in outreach events, and conduct sustainability assessments in residence halls. During the fall 2016 semester, students can become ambassadors by completing a two-credit course titled, Leadership for Sustainability.


Introductory Sustainability Ambassadors

Taylor Barrett, Sophomore
Interests: Renewable energy and recycling

Cristin Berardo, Junior
Interests: Renewable energy

Erika Brandon, Junior
Interests: Sustainable agriculture

Forrest Dodds, Junior
Interests: Waste reduction and composting

Bill Leftwich, Freshman
Interests: Energy and water conservation

Wesley Skidmore, Freshman
Interests: Renewable energy and climate change


Advanced Sustainability Ambassadors

Stephanie Cobb, Sophomore
Interests: Climate change and food production

Zoe Helmers, Freshman
Interests: Climate change and waste

Mackenzie Howe, Freshman
Interests: Ocean acidification and energy

Emily Claire Mackey, Junior
Interests: Food and landscape degradation

Maggie Powell, Freshman
Interests: Biodiversity and ecological systems

Brennan Radulski, Sophomore
Interests: Ecology and biodiversity

Talia Roberts, Freshman
Interests: Waste and climate change

Cameron Steitz, Junior
Interests: Water conservation and food production

Cameron Waters, Freshman
Interests: Renewable energy and waste