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Working for the World We Want: 2018 Earth Week at Wake Forest - Sustainability at Wake Forest

Sustainability at Wake Forest

Working for the World We Want: 2018 Earth Week at Wake Forest

The Office of Sustainability will be hosting our annual Earth Week celebration March 18-24. This week-long celebration will focus on environmental (in)justice, with a focal community lecture by Majora Carter. Other events will include the annual Champions of Change campus sustainability awards program, a campus beautification service project, and student-curated public art experiences.

Follow the Office of Sustainability on its social media platforms (@SustainableWFU) to stay up to date on all events.

Monday, March 12 – Friday, March 16

Create a banner displaying your love of trees in honor of Wake Forest’s Earth Week and our Tree Campus USA designation. Student organizations, offices, and departments are encouraged to register together. All materials will be provided and banners will be displayed on the Upper Quad.

Sunday, March 18
Spring Equinox Celebration
4:00 – 6:00 pm | Campus GardenThe Spring Equinox Celebration is a festive gathering of people, plants, and animals hosted by the Wake Forest University Campus Garden. As a community, we will welcome the start of spring by spreading wildflower seeds. Participants will get a full-sensory experience of a garden in springtime through samples of garden-fresh food and interactions with llamas, sheep, and chickens.

Monday, March 19
Plant-Forward Cooking Class

3:00 – 4:00 pm | Reynolds Gym Seminar Room A330

Thrive and the Office of Sustainability are joining forces for a unique cooking class focused on plant-powered eating. This class is open to all students, staff, and faculty. Register here.

Tuesday, March 20
Fifth Annual Champions of Change for Campus Sustainability
12:00-1:00 pm | Reynolda Hall Green Room

Join us in recognizing the work of those who have enhanced the culture of sustainability at Wake Forest at the fifth annual Champions of Change: Campus Sustainability Awards ceremony on March 20. Light snacks will be served. RSVP here.

Tuesday, March 20
Amplify: Women’s Leadership Expo

5:00 – 7:00 pm

Amplify: Women’s Leadership Expo will provide a range of offerings that explore the challenges and opportunities for women leaders. Participants will deepen their self-awareness, confidence, exposure to different leadership styles, and sense of support for women in leadership. This event is co-sponsored by the Women’s Center and Office of Student Engagement.

Wednesday, March 21
Majora Carter Keynote
7:00 – 8:30 pm | Brendle Recital Hall

Majora Carter is a leading urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning-broadcaster. She is responsible for the creation and implementation of numerous green infrastructure projects, policies, and job training and placement systems. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, Rethinking Community, the Sustainability Graduate Programs, the Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability, the Department of Engineering, and the Intercultural Center. RSVP here.

Thursday, March 22
Bike Tune-Ups 
3:00 – 6:00 pm | North Sutton Lawn

We’ve teamed up with Outdoor Pursuits to host a free bicycle tune-up station on campus. Stop by the North Sutton lawn, across the street from Poteat field, where mechanics from Ken’s Bike Shop will pump up your tires, make minor fixes and adjustments, and offer advice on larger repairs that cannot be done on the spot.

Thursday, March 22
Environmental Education Abroad
5:00 – 6:00 pm | ZSR, Room 204

This panel of students will share their experiences of pursuing environmental education abroad. Student panelists include Blake Wynveen (Panama), Mackenzie Howe (Australia), and Yuning Feng (Costa Rica). The panel will be followed by an ENV Program reception. Hosted by the ENV Program and Global Programs and Studies.

Friday, March 23
Campus Beautification Day – Arbor Day Observance 
3:00 – 5:30 pm | The Barn

Celebrate Arbor Day and Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish New Year for Trees, at the Barn and the surrounding cross country trails. The event will feature a tree planting ceremony, a cleanup of the woods around the trails, and a cookout with grass-fed beef and veggie burgers. Register to participate and receive a Cloud Organic Earth Week t-shirt. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, WFU Athletics, Landscape Services, and Campus Recreation.

Saturday, March 24
Forsyth Creek Week Clean-ups 
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This is your chance to do something proactive to help our waterways! As part of Creek Week, clean-ups will be held from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday, March 24, in both Clemmons and Lewisville. Further information about Creek Week and ways to get involved can be found here.

Monday, March 18 – Saturday, March 24

Yellow tree tags around campus offer the calculated value of ecosystem services that the trees provide, the positive benefits of trees in our landscape, and sentiments from authors about the inestimable value of our beloved trees. Share your favorite tree tags by tagging @SustainableWFU on social media.


Friday, April 6
Environmental Law Symposium
8:45 am – 4:30 pm | Worrell, Room 1312

The Wake Forest Law Review’s Spring Symposium will bring together environmental and human rights experts from around the world to discuss the interplay between human rights and natural resources. The symposium will address topics ranging from the exploitation of resources and the effects on marginalized and underrepresented groups in the US to the inhumane treatment of global environmental defenders.