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Make the Pledge to be a Green Grad

April 28th, 2017

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.

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Students Overlook Campus Ride-Sharing Network

April 15th, 2017

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By carpooling just twice a week, 1,600 pounds of greenhouse gasses can be kept from the air each year.

As a result of this information, the limited use of Zimride on this campus has proven that members in our community are not yet willing to make sacrifices in order to carpool, due to a variety of reasons — including their overall unawareness of its consequences. 

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FAQ: Single-Serve Coffee Makers

April 13th, 2017
QMy office uses a single-serve coffee maker. What is the environmental impact of these disposable plastic coffee pods?
A: You have options:
  • 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.

Attend the March for Science in Raleigh

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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Move Out, Don’t Throw Out

April 11th, 2017

Move out is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to start planning. Students are encouraged to donate or recycle unwanted books, furniture, clothing, and other materials when they move out this spring. Doing so will benefit the local community and allow them to serve as stewards of our environment  by reducing waste.

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Intern with the Office of Sustainability

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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Apply to Participate in the 2017 Magnolias Project

April 3rd, 2017

We invite all Wake Forest faculty to enhance their teaching and engagement with sustainability issues by participating in the Magnolias Project May 10-11, 2017 on the Wake Forest campus.  No prior experience with sustainability-related issues in the classroom or in research is necessary, and faculty at all ranks and career stages are welcome.

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Over 115 Participants Team Up to Beautify Campus

March 30th, 2017

Students, faculty, staff, and friends from the community worked together to beautify campus on Friday, March 24, as part of the Office of Sustainability’s Earth Week celebration. Over 115 volunteers from around the campus community participated in this fifth annual celebration of Wake Forest’s designation as a Tree Campus USA.

Before the planting and clean-up work began, participants gathered to hear from graduate students in the School of Divinity and the Department of Biology, who spoke about human relationships with the non-human environment, from eco-feminist and scientific perspectives. Gail Bretan, Director of Jewish Life, also led participants in readings and song in celebration of Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish New Year for trees.

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Sustainability Leaders Honored at Annual Campus Awards Program

March 30th, 2017

Each year, sustainability change agents are recognized as Champions of Change for their work to create a more adaptable and resilient campus community. This year, the fourth annual Campus Sustainability Awards celebration took place on March 22 during the Office of Sustainability’s week-long celebration of the Earth.

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How Valuable are Trees to You?

March 10th, 2017

For the next couple of weeks, trees across the Wake Forest University campus will be sporting yellow tree tags. Some of the tags offer the calculated value of ecosystem services that the trees provide. Others offer the general positive benefits of trees in our landscape. Others are quotes collected from authors and figureheads about the incalculable value of our campus trees.

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