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FAQ - Sustainability at Wake Forest

Sustainability at Wake Forest

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Browse the list of topics for answers to your frequently asked questions. Have a question we haven’t answered? Direct your inquiries to sustainability@wfu.edu.

Purchasing

Sustainable t-shirts

Recycling and Waste Reduction

What to Recycle at Wake

Recycling Bins and Totes

Reusable vs. Disposable: Is it worth it?

The Recycling Myth

Double-sided Printing

Disposing of Electronic Waste

E-waste Chain of Custody

Rolling the Quad

Battery Recycling

CFL Light bulb disposal

Water Coolers (Office Water Dispensers)

Sustainable Printing

Alternative Transportation

Carpooling: Emergency Ride Service

Carpooling to a Meeting

Food and Dining

Composting

Reusable to-go containers

Get Involved: Local Food Movement

Get Involved: Food on Campus

Sustainable Dining Options

Campus Garden Produce

Water and Energy

Hydration Stations

Landscaping water usage

Restroom Water Savings

Holiday Setbacks

Ban the Bottle

Bubbly Water

Vampire Energy

Life on campus

Master of Arts in Sustainability

Rolling the Quad

Get Involved

Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Sustainability Job Resources

Sustainability Ranking

Blogsites and E-Newsletters

FAQ: Blogsites and E-Newsletters

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

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

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

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

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

July 10th, 2014

Photo courtesy of zimride.com

Photo courtesy of zimride.com

A: Yes. In the case of a personal or family emergency, the Parking and Transportation office will reimburse a carpool member for cab fare upon submission of a valid receipt. In the case of scheduled appointments or other driving needs during the workday, carpool members are encouraged to maintain a membership in Zipcar. Any of the five vehicles in the WFU shared fleet can be reserved and used as needed at a low hourly rate that includes gas and insurance.

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

FAQ: Sustainability Rating

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

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.

E-Waste Chain of Custody

March 31st, 2014
Q.  I’ve recently learned that e-waste can still harm the environment, even if it is recycled. How do we make sure that doesn’t happen to the e-waste we collect here at Wake Forest?
A. Good question. It is true that some e-waste recyclers take short-cuts and that mishandled e-waste can have a devastating impact on the health and well-being of our planet. That is why we only choose e-waste recyclers who are transparent enough for us to verify their entire chain of custody, starting from when they take possession of our e-waste.

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.

FAQ: Sustainability Job Resources

February 3rd, 2014

Q.  I’m interested in an internship or job related to sustainability, but I don’t know where to look. What sustainability job resources do you recommend?

A.  Fortunately, there are many resources available. The most comprehensive list which provides information on green and sustainability career pathways and job openings is this Google Doc.  Created by the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium, the Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability, and the US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development, this list includes job boards and career pathway resources that are regularly updated.

The WFU Office of Personal & Career Development (OPCD) also posts internships and job openings through Handshake. Keep an updated profile and search the platform regularly for opportunities relating to sustainability that have been targeted specifically through the WFU network.


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