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Sustainability at Wake Forest

History

History

1990:

Working with student leaders, Landscape Services Director, Jim Coffey, initiates a recycling collection program on campus

Fall 2007:

Philosophy professor Avram Hiller organizes meetings for faculty and staff on sustainability at the encouragement of then student, Lawrence Ngo (‘08).

Campus Democrats hosts a campus forum on sustainability

April 2008:

Professor Avram Hiller and Head of Serial Acquisitions at ZSR, Chris Burris, organize a campus Earth Day forum with the full support of Facilities and Campus Management.

April 2009:

Piedmont Environmental Alliance hosts a community Earth Day celebration on Manchester Plaza – 7,000 attend.

Wake Forest Student Environmental Action Coalition members host a forum on sustainability.

July 2009:

Office of Sustainability is opened. Dedee DeLongpré Johnston serves as the office’s first director.

March 2010:

Wake Forest hosts Taking It to the Next Level: Strategies for Adaptation across the Sustainability Curriculum — a national conference on sustainability in the curriculum

April 2010:

The Office of Sustainability and loyale clothing co-host {Sustainable} Style WSNC — a runway event showcasing sustainably designed and produced fashions

Piedmont Environmental Alliance hosts their community Earth Day celebration on Davis Field – 8,000 attend.

August 2010:

The Office of Sustainability welcomes first-year students with a sustainability-focused pre-orientation program: Sustainability in Action.

September 2010:

The Office of Sustainability kicks-off the Go Deacs Go Green gameday recycling program, integrating recycling collection into tailgating areas at all home football games.

The Dianne Dailey Golf Education Center is the first building on campus to receive LEED certification, earning LEED Gold.

November 2010:

The Office of Sustainability and the Office of Multicultural Affairs co-host My Neighborhood Is Killing Me: Environmental Racism and a Call to Justice.

January 2011:

Wake Forest University receives a Silver rating under the AASHE Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS) for its first campus sustainability assessment. The assessment provides the first comprehensive baseline measurement of sustainability on the Reynolda campus.

February 2011:

The Office of Sustainability launches the Green Team Network, after a successful pilot in fall 2010.

April 2011:

The Office of Sustainability presents the series 13 Days of Celebrating the Earth, nearly two weeks of sustainability-themed events including a student exhibittion at the StArt Gallery, curated by DeNoia Woods (’13) and a keynote address by renowned activist Bill McKibben co-hosted by CEES.

April 2012:

The Office of Sustainability presents the series 10 Days of Celebrating the Earth, which includes a nutrition fair and a food activism workshop, and a panel discussion about hydraulic fracturing.

Wake Forest University is awarded Tree Campus USA designation, in recognition of the adoption of a comprehensive campus tree care plan..

May 2012:

Wake Forest University receives a second Silver rating from the AASHE Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS). The boundary for the assessment is expanded to include Graylyn International Conference Center, the campus historic district, and all of the athletic facilities.

June 2012:

The Office of Sustainability and the WFU Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability host annual sustainability-across-the-curriculum workshop. Faculty in the first cohort name the workshop the Magnolias Curriculum Project. The workshop is co-facilitated by history professor Emily Wakild and Lindy Biggs of Auburn University.

July 2012:

After a yearlong process, the Office of Sustainability develops the Sustainability Strategic Plan, a three-year plan to focus on opportunities brought to light in the second STARS assessment.

March 2013:

The Office of Sustainability presents the panel Good for Me, Good for Us? co-sponsored by the Center for Energy, Environment & Sustainability; School of Divinity; Department of Religion; ARCH Society; and Thomas Jack Lynch Philosophy Fund.

April 2013:

The Office of Sustainability hosts Food for Thought, an Earth Day Fair celebration, held in conjunction with a Food Justice Summit.

January 2014:

The Winston-Salem Department of Transportation (WSDOT), the City-County Planning Board (CCPB) of Forsyth County and Winston-Salem, and Wake Forest University complete a comprehensive Bicycle, Pedestrian & Transit Study for the Wake Forest University Area.

April 2014:

The Office of Sustainability hosts Love the World You’re With, an Earth Day Fair celebrating the nested themes of care for self, care for community, and care for life on the planet.

The Office of Sustainability hosts the first annual Campus Beautification Day.

December 2014:

Forty-five students and guests enjoyed a heritage & heirloom foods dinner hosted by Wake Forest Dining on October 30 as part of the series of themed Thursday evening dinners in the Magnolia Room. The dinner was the brainchild of the sustainability team at Wake Forest in an effort to expose our campus community to heirloom and heritage foods native to and available in and around the North Carolina region.

January 2015:

A weeping cherry tree on the island in the middle of parking lot P on the east side of Wait Chapel was removed on January 6. The tree, which was part of the original campus planting plan, split down the trunk, rendering it unsalvageable.

October 2015:

Wake Forest University has been recognized as a sustainability leader in the 2015 Sustainable Campus Index. The 2015 Sustainable Campus Index highlights top-performing colleges and universities in 17 areas, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

February 2016:

The Re-Cycle Bike Share Program was officially launched by sustainability intern Alyshah Aziz.

March 2016:

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

April 2016:

The Wake Forest University Campus Sustainability Awards presentation was held on Earth Day– Friday, April 22, 2016–in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall. A combination of students, faculty, and staff who have demonstrated or initiated successful sustainable practices on campus were recognized as Champions of Change.

The NC Power Dialog engaged students in meaningful dialog with regulators, legislators, representatives from the energy sector, and peers about the federal Clean Power Plan and, more generally, opportunities for a renewable energy future for North Carolina on April 7.

Wake Forest University received nearly $10 million in support to establish the Centro de Innovación Científica Amazónica. The new center, established through the University’s Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (CEES), aims to develop transformative solutions to promote sustainable use of tropical landscapes, combat environmental destruction and improve human health in the Amazonian province of Madre de Dios (MDD) in Peru.

July 2016:

The Office of Sustainability, Hospitality & Auxiliary Services, and Facilities & Campus Services brought five solar-powered patio umbrellas to the Reynolda Hall patio, allowing students to charge their small electronic devices with renewable energy from the sun.

Dr. Eric Stottlemyer was named director of the Wake Forest Environmental Program.

August 2016:

The Office of Sustainability welcomed Brian Cohen and Ally Hellenga, as the Program Coordinator and Communication and Events Coordinator, respectively.

January 2017:

From February 6-9, Terry Tempest Williams visited Wake Forest University. During her visit, Williams hosted a four-day writing workshop, delivered a public lecture and reading, and engaged with interested faculty.

March 2017:

The Office of Sustainability hosted its annual Earth Week Celebration and Campus Beautification Day. Inspired by Terry Tempest Williams’ quote “finding beauty in a broken world is creating beauty in the world we find,” this week-long celebration took place March 19-25 with a variety of events to connect the Wake Forest community to actions that will protect and heal the ecosystems that support life.

The fourth annual Campus Sustainability Awards celebration took place on March 22 during the Office of Sustainability’s week-long celebration of the Earth.

May 2017:

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 sixth annual Magnolias Curriculum Project brought together 14 faculty members on May 10-11, 2017, to develop innovative course components to inspire systems thinking in students and empower an understanding of sustainability through a variety of lenses.

June 2017:

After severe storms in the area, a tree at the Campus Garden knocked down a power line, toppled over the garden fence and crushed the compost piles. Clean-up efforts began immediately.