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Magnolias Project – Apply to Participate

Magnolias Project – Apply to Participate

Magnolias Project 2018 – Applications Open

To All Wake Forest Faculty:

We invite you to enhance your teaching and engagement with sustainability issues by participating in the Magnolias Project May 16-17, 2018 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.

This innovative approach to curricular change, modeled on the nationally renowned Piedmont Project (Emory University), provides faculty with an intellectually stimulating and collegial experience to pool their expertise.  Faculty who would like to develop a new course module or an entirely new course that engages issues of sustainability and the environment are encouraged to apply.

The workshop will explore how we can meaningfully integrate sustainability—broadly defined—into our classrooms. Although we start by taking a close look at Wake Forest University and the larger Piedmont region, we invite participants to engage in local to global comparisons.

The Magnolia Project kicks off with a two-day workshop (May 16-17) that will offer opportunities to extend research and teaching horizons across disciplines and create new networks with fellow colleagues. Following the workshop, faculty participants prepare discipline-specific course materials on their own over the summer. They reconvene in the fall to discuss their insights and experiences. Participants receive a stipend of $500 ($250 upon completion of the workshop; $250 upon completion of a new or revised syllabus).

Project participants agree to:

  1. Read some materials prior to the workshop
  2. Participate in the full 2-day workshop on May 16-17, 2018
  3. Commit time during the summer to prepare or revise a syllabus and submit it in August
  4. Report back to the group in the fall semester

Interested? Applications will be accepted until Friday, April 20. 

  • Send a short description (one paragraph maximum) of how you plan to change an existing course, or develop a new one, that will incorporate environmental and/or sustainability issues to Kim Couch at couchkm@wfu.edu. Please include your name, departmental affiliation, phone number and e-mail address.

Want to know more?

Browse the Magnolias or Piedmont Project websites for example syllabi and faculty statements:

Come join a community of faculty searching for new ways to engage issues relevant to their fields.

Congratulations 2018 Sustainability Intern Graduates

May 18th, 2018

Cristin Berardo, an English and biology double major with a minor in chemistry, is graduating magna cum laude. For the past two years, Cristin has been working as an energy intern with Facilities and Campus Services to establish baseline data on building usage with respect to energy consumption.

Cristin’s reflection on the internship: I have learned so much from this internship and made many great connections with people along the way. Through this experience I have gained an entire new skill set and become more aware of national, local, and global social and environmental issues. This internship fostered my passion for sustainability, which I now want to pursue as a career.

 

Emily Claire Mackey has been involved with the Office of Sustainability since 2014, serving as a Sustainability Ambassador (2014), a Campus Garden Intern (2015-2016), and the ReCycle Bike Share Intern (2017-2018). Emily Claire will graduate cum laude with a degree in economics and minors in environmental science and global trade and commerce studies.

Emily Claire’s reflection on the internship: My fluency in sustainability has been expanded, challenged, and at times flipped on its head by this internship experience. The Office and its projects therein display how intersectional campus sustainability is and I am still in awe of the fact that I’ve gotten to be a part of it for so many years.

 

Maya Revell, a Biology major, has served as the Waste Reduction Intern for the Spring 2018 semester. In this position, she has analyzed campus solid waste streams to inform the university’s next steps to reduce landfill waste. Maya plans to pursue a career in environmental justice after graduation.

Maya’s reflection on the internship: My internship was a really valuable experience! From this semester, I learned a great deal about the different waste streams, how to advocate for sustainable improvements on campus, and the importance of understanding different perspectives when working to create change. The tactical skills that I have gained as well as the conversations that I have had with other sustainability interns have helped me to become a well-rounded individual and prepared me to pursue a career in environmental sustainability.

 

Gabby Pulsinelli will graduate with a Master of Arts in Sustainability upon completion of her thesis in August. During the spring semester, Gabby served as a public art intern, on a team with two other students, to create a participatory art experience that engaged the Wake Forest community in issues of environmental justice. Within the next few years, Gabby plans to pursue a PhD in Sustainability or Environmental Studies.

Gabby’s reflection on the internship: This semester has been a great opportunity to learn what it means to promote sustainability on a college campus and to work with a great group of people who value sustainability as much as I do.  It was challenging to create an educational, environmental justice-themed mural that the entire Wake Forest campus community could participate in, but the project showed how important it is to educate others on these issues.

Energy Management Intern – Facilities & Campus Services

Chemistry major with minors in Neuroscience and Biology

 

Mary Finger, a Chemistry major with minors in Neuroscience and Biology, graduated magna cum laude. Mary served as an energy intern with Facilities and Campus Services in the fall of 2015.

 

Sebastian Irby is the first Wake Forest student to graduate with an interdisciplinary degree in Sustainability Studies for which she received the Leadership Champions of Change Award in 2017. Sebastian graduated cum laude. She served as a Special Projects Intern in the spring of 2015 and fall of 2016. After graduation, Sebastian will intern with the Environmental Protection Network.

Hayden Lineberger graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Business and Enterprise Management. Hayden served as a freelance photographer with the Office of Sustainability in 2017.

 

 

Suzy Mullins, dining intern (2015-2016), news writing intern (fall 2016), and content development assistant (2017-2018), is graduating summa cum laude with a degree in English and a minor in environmental science. Suzy will continue to focus on her passion for environmental education by attending the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.

 

 

The entire Office of Sustainability staff wishes all 2018 graduates the best in the next chapter of their lives and careers.

Temporary Relocation of Zipcars

May 11th, 2018

Due to on-campus road construction and paving as well as Commencement, the locations of several Zipcars on campus will be temporarily relocated.

From May 11 – June 1, 2018, Zipcars currently in Lot N will be moved to parking Lot W1. Additionally, the Zipcars located on Gulley Drive will be relocated to Lot J. For reference, a campus parking map can be found here

Please contact Transportation and Parking Services at 336.758.PARK (7275) or parking@wfu.edu with questions. 

Class of 2018 Invited to Sign the Green Grad Pledge

May 8th, 2018

All graduates of the Wake Forest Class of 2018 are invited to sign the pledge at the graduation ticket pick-up table outside of the University Bookstore from 9:00 – 4:30 on Friday, May 18. As a reminder of your commitment, you will receive a reusable travel mug, while supplies last.

This is Wake Forest’s eighth year offering the Green Graduation Pledge to students. The tradition began over 30 years ago at Humboldt State University. Today, the pledge has been offered at over 100 colleges and universities throughout the world facilitated by the Graduation Pledge Alliance.  

Move Out, Don’t Throw Out

April 25th, 2018

Below is a complete description of all donation and reuse stations that make it easy to divert waste from the landfill.

Deacs Donate 

  • What? Reusable housewares such as kitchen utensils or glassware, clothing, small appliances, school supplies, furniture, unopened canned/dried food, and other items in usable condition
  • When? May 4 – May 11
  • How? Smaller items should be placed in blue Goodwill donation boxes located in the lobby of every residence hall. Bulky items (futons, shelving units, bookshelves, rugs, etc.) must be placed next to the “Deacs Donate” sign located outside of each residence hall. Items for Deacs Donate are collected by the Resident Student Association, in collaboration with Goodwill.
  • Why? In 2017, over 42,000 pounds of clothing and other essentials went to those in need in the local community, an increase of more than 10,000 pounds from the previous help. Help divert event more items from the landfill this year.
  • Questions? Contact Elizabeth Leslie(leslieea@wfu.edu) or your RSA advisor. Residents of the Polo Road and Rosedale Circle RL&H Theme Houses should contact their RAs for information on the location of the donation bins in their area.

Recycling Tote Collection

  • What? Small green recycling totes with white handles
  • When? By May 11
  • How? If you have a personal green recycling tote and do not wish to keep it, bring it to the Office of Sustainability (Reynolda 101).
  • Why? Your tote is yours to keep for all four years. If you no longer want it, it will be collected, cleaned, and redistributed to a first-year student next year. Note: you will not receive a replacement tote next year if you choose to give it back.

To-Go Container Collection

  • What? Green to-go containers from Deacon Dining
  • When? By May 11
  • How? Return your green reusable to-go container to the Pit to receive your $5 deposit back.

Book Donations

  • What? Books
  • When? By May 11
  • How? All books can be deposited in collection boxes located conveniently near the registers in the bookstore textbook department– you don’t even have to wait in line.
  • Why?  Better World Bookscollects and resells donated books, with proceeds benefitting a local literacy project for underserved youth.

Bike Donations

  • What? Is your bike looking for a new home? Donate it to Wake Forest’s Re-Cycle Bike Share Program. Donated bikes will be reconditioned, added to the campus fleet, and made available to those in need of a bike on campus.
  • When? The Outdoor Pursuit’s office is open M:12p-6p, T through TR: 2p-6p, and F:12p-6p
  • How? Drop bikes off at Outdoor Pursuits, located in the basement of the Sutton Center.

These move-out waste reduction initiatives are sponsored by Residence Life & Housing, Goodwill, Facilities & Campus Services, and the Office of Sustainability.

Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Magnolias Curriculum Project

April 2nd, 2018

This innovative approach to curricular change, modeled on the nationally renowned Piedmont Project (Emory University), provides faculty with an intellectually stimulating and collegial experience to pool their expertise.

The workshop explores how we can meaningfully integrate sustainability—broadly defined—into our classrooms. Although we start by taking a close look at Wake Forest University and the larger Piedmont region, we invite participants to engage in local to global comparisons.

The Magnolia Project kicks off with a two-day workshop in May that offers opportunities to extend research and teaching horizons across disciplines and create new networks with fellow colleagues.  Following the workshop, faculty participants prepare discipline-specific course materials on their own over the summer. They reconvene in early August to discuss their insights and experiences. Participants receive a stipend of $500 upon completion of a new or revised syllabus.

Project participants agree to:

  1. Read some materials prior to the workshop
  2. Participate in the full 2-day workshop on May 16-17, 2018
  3. Commit time during the summer to prepare or revise a syllabus and submit it in August
  4. Report back to the group in August.

Urban Revitalization Strategist Major Carter Gives WFU Earth Week Address

April 1st, 2018

During her March 21 Wake Forest Earth Week keynote address, Carter told of growing up in the South Bronx. She witnessed her neighborhood being plagued by unemployment, poor health, and increased pollution and saw a college education as her way out. While in graduate school at New York University, Carter moved back in with her parents to save money; it was during this time that she reacquainted herself with her community. With high crime rates, pollution, poverty, and other challenges, Carter saw her neighborhood needed an advocate to begin the re-imagination process—someone who had a vision for a positive, vibrant community.

In her address, Carter noted the typical situation for low-status communities: investors come in from the outside and either gentrify the neighborhood or develop resources which only help maintain the poverty level—think dollar stores, pawn shops, and payday loan marts. According to Carter, these additions do not  add to the creation of community. Instead, communal spots like coffee shops, family restaurants, and parks– places which inspire and promote aspirational thinking– are central to revitalization.

As a result, in 2001, Carter founded Sustainable South Bronx, a non-profit environmental justice solutions corporation. Majora Carter began by converting a hazardous waste dump into the first waterfront park the neighborhood had seen in nearly a century. From there, she continued to work toward sustainable community development, negotiating business deals, and helping locals craft a thriving area tailored to their wants and needs.

“Majora Carter’s talk was inspiring because she spoke about her work in such a practical, accessible way. She made me feel like there are no excuses to not try to make the world a better place. She saw a problem in her neighborhood and she fixed it,” Office of Sustainability intern Savannah Baber (’19) said. “While it is of course more complex than that, Majora was able to show all of us that passion, ambition, and empathy can combine to create powerful change.”

Throughout her lecture, Carter called those at Wake Forest into action for socio-economic and environmental grassroots leadership. During the Q&A session, questions such as “What does community revitalization mean in terms of a partnership between WFU and the Winston-Salem area?” and “What is the appropriate role of students, faculty, and staff in helping to foster better relationships and opportunities in the neighborhoods surrounding our campus?” were posed. Majora gave insights, but also encouraged attendees to reflect on these questions themselves.

The takeaway message was clear: solutions to some of the biggest problems of our time, whether ecological, economic, or social, start locally.

Join the Office of Sustainability’s Intern Team

March 29th, 2018

Please note: successful candidates may be required to return to campus early at the end of the summer to attend orientation sessions on August 20 and 21.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for two professional references to sustainability@wfu.edu. Applications are due Sunday, April 15 by 11:59 pm. In your cover letter, please include the following:

  • the position for which you are applying;
  • relevant work and/or volunteer experience;
  • relevant coursework;
  • a brief description of why you want to pursue the position;
  • skills you would bring to the internship or assistantship; and
  • what you hope to gain from the experience.

Internships

Interns will be part of the OoS Intern Team and are required to attend weekly team meetings.

Campus Garden
The team of Campus Garden Interns collaborates with expert garden mentors, as well as faculty, staff, student, and community volunteers, to manage the Campus Garden on Polo Road. Managing this outdoor learning space for sustainable agriculture includes, but is not limited to, developing and maintaining rotation and cover cropping plans, starting and transplanting seasonally appropriate crops, watering, mulching, and composting food/yard waste. Interns coordinate volunteer hours and engage volunteers in conversations about the differences between conventional and sustainable agriculture. In addition, interns explore service learning possibilities with interested faculty, organize major events in the garden, and maintain a vibrant and engaging communications plan. The successful candidate will have demonstrated leadership experience in a collaborative team environment.

Re-Cycle Bike Share Liaison
The Re-Cycle Bike Share Intern serves as a liaison between the Office of Sustainability and Outdoor Pursuits. Primary responsibilities include marketing the program, applying for funding to continue the expansion of the fleet; updating the website with all relevant safety, branding, and calendar updates; working with Ken’s Bike Shop for maintenance throughout the year, especially around semester changes; teaming with Outdoor Pursuits to create and keep program content up-to-date.

Waste Reduction Intern
The Waste Reduction Intern will work to create and implement various initiatives that reduce the amount of waste generated on campus. These initiatives may include, but are not necessarily limited to, waste audits; development of zero-landfill events plans; residence hall waste reduction; move-in and move-out waste reduction and diversion; and related behavior change campaign development.

Propose a Unique Internship
Have a great idea for a sustainability-focused internship that’s not listed? Submit a unique internship proposal. We are always looking for new, innovative ways for students to generate sustainability-focused solutions on campus. Your proposal should include an articulation of the need for the proposed project and the landscape of issues surrounding the project.

 

Assistantships

Content Development Assistant
The Content Development Assistant will work with the Communication and Event Coordinator to develop content for the campus sustainability website and social media outlets.

Event Assistant
The Event Assistant will work directly with the Office of Sustainability’s event coordinator and with a group of campus stakeholders in planning, supporting, and executing sustainability events and programs. Major duties will include assisting in social media marketing both before and during events, aiding in onsite event logistics, and leading a small group of volunteers during events. Experience with live-streaming events is preferred.

Waste Reduction & Recycling Assistant
The Waste Reduction & Recycling Assistant will be tasked with monitoring, assessing, and facilitating various waste diversion initiatives. Responsibilities may include assisting with management and organization of the Compost Crew, conducting inventories of recycling and waste receptacles and their placement on campus, assessing levels of contamination, and identifying areas that require intervention.

Over 100 Team Up for Earth Week Service Project

March 28th, 2018

To start the afternoon’s festivities, participants gathered to hear from Nathan Peifer, Campus as Lab Manager and Campus Garden Manager, who gave a blessing of the trees and Scott Cory, Biology PhD student, who spoke on the benefits trees provide to humans. 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.

Following the speakers, students divided into groups to plant four trees—two persimmons and two scarlet oaks—in front of the Barn. Following the speakers and the tree planting, volunteers collected leaf litter and limbs from along the Wake Forest cross country trails. This was done for fire prevention and campus beautification efforts.

This service event, along with other efforts to care for our trees throughout the year, honor the university’s commitment to the ideals represented by the Tree Campus USA designation. Event partners included Landscape Services, Residence Life and Housing, Hillel, Campus Recreation, and Athletics.

Photos from the event can be found here.

Sustainability Champions Recognized at Fifth Campus Sustainability Awards

March 28th, 2018

Dr. Jill Crainshaw was awarded the Teaching, Research, and Engagement Award for her course, “Sacraments and Ordinances: History, Theology and Practice.” Her course takes a place-based educational approach to exploring liturgical and sacramental rituals like baptism and the breaking of bread. Through this course, Jill trains ministers and theologians to attend to the local needs of communities they will soon be leading. Additionally, Jill weaves sustainability concepts into her course by taking students to meet local bakers, farmers, and vintners and to explore local waterways, where they can connect place and contemplate all aspects of environmental stewardship.

This year’s Resource Conservation Award went to Josh Suzuki, Assistant Director of Operations for the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. As the Green Team for Wake Forest Athletics, Josh implemented a composting program for BB&T Field and LJVM Coliseum. As a result of this program, and through a pre-existing partnership with Gallins Family Farm, 3.2 tons of food waste from the Coliseum and Deacon Tower were diverted from landfills in 2017.

The Service and Social Action Award went to Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Alan Brown, Demon Deacon defensive end Wendell Dunn, and Bailey Allman, a Wake Forest alumna and teacher at Paisley Middle School. This award honors the inspired collaboration between these three leaders who initiated a sports literacy program at Paisley. As a result of the program, many students who were once struggling academically have found success in the classroom and can now imagine their roles as future leaders in their communities.

This year, the Office of Sustainability recognized three individuals who merged their talents to launch one very “Bright Idea.” John Shenette, AVP for Facilities and Campus Services, Dr. Jed Macosko, Associate Professor of Physics, and GIS specialist Dr. Becky Dickson are currently working together to make the campus a living laboratory for sustainability studies and practice. Their project was sparked by Physics Chair Dany Shapiro, who requested that the university administration find ways to reduce light pollution on campus. Always looking to engage students, John Shenette reached out to the Office of Sustainability to explore possibilities for a classroom-based design solution. Before long, students in this semester’s “Physics and Chemistry of the Environment” course were busy working on Operation Night Light, a project measuring light pollution with tools provided by Facilities & Campus Services. Becky Dickson, whose GIS students are mapping campus energy data this semester, will map light pollution in the fall as the group pursues new lighting standards.

Anna Marie Carr received this year’s Leadership Award for her unprecedented efforts to reduce waste across HR Office operations and events. Examples of her efforts include the HR Staff Rewards & Recognition luncheon, where she worked to create a nearly waste-free event attended by over 250 people. Anna Marie worked with Aramark to ensure the use of compostable cups, plates, and serviceware, collaborated with the Office of Sustainability and Facilities to secure compost bins and Compost Crew volunteers, and purchased reusable centerpieces. For the same event, Anna Marie worked with JL Bolt to craft awards from old Reynolds Gym flooring. This innovative event-planning model has since been deployed across HR events, including Workday Pop-Up labs, Leadership Summits, and Talent Forums.

Lastly, Champion of Change Awards, which recognize individuals who have made an impact on campus sustainability, were presented to Hilary Floyd, Michelle Ford, Tim Vandermeersch, Jordan Mullens, and T Taylor.

As the Green Team captain for the School of Divinity, Hilary Floyd supports colleagues and graduate students in implementing sustainability practices. She has helped the school switch to 100% post-consumer recycled content copy paper and transition to online applications. In addition, “Commonplace,” the Divinity student sustainability-focused organization that Hilary supports, collects food waste for composting at the school’s twice-weekly lunches.

As the new Green Team captain for Biology, Michelle Ford hit the ground running. In her short time in this position, she has fully committed to waste reduction, incorporating food waste collection at two departmental events and leading the department in making the switch to 100% post-consumer recycled content copy paper. She inspires others by applying a sustainability lens to all of her decisions.

Tim Vandermeersch is the Resident District Manager for Aramark at Wake Forest and a member of the Deacon Dining Green Team. Tim’s spirit of innovation and willingness to explore new ideas has led to dramatic increases in both sustainability and customer satisfaction in dining. In residential dining, over 30% of the food Aramark procures is now from sustainable production sources.

Jordan Mullens has been a true leader as the Greeks Go Green representative for Delta Zeta sorority. She has implemented an organic waste collection program for composting on the DZ halls to divert waste from landfills and raise awareness of the issue of food waste. This past fall, along with her sorority’s Vice President of Philanthropy, Kimi Morris, Jordan helped organize Pink Goes Green, a series of events and activities on campus aimed at increasing recycling rates among peers. Activities included campus outreach and a recycling competition at a football tailgate.

T Taylor fully embodies her leadership role as the Graduate Hall Director for Kitchin Residence Hall. This past fall, a pilot campaign on energy and water conservation was launched in Kitchin Hall. T made the program a priority among her staff and engaged her RAs in the planning process, empowering them to assert their own leadership and be an integral part of the solution.

Congratulations to all of our Champions of Change for their work to make Wake Forest an even more sustainable place to live, work, study, and play.

The 2018 Champions of Change. Photo by Sean Yan.

 


Previous Champion of Change Winners Include:

Academics and Engagement

  • 2014: Lynn Book, Angela Kocze, and Wanda Balzano for Women, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainability
  • 2015: Ron Von Burg for Humanity and Nature and Coasts and Climate Change (Belize)
  • 2016: Sarah Mason for FYS “Counting on Sustainable Energy: Does it Add Up?”; Vanessa Zboreak Sustainability Law and Policy courses
  • 2017: Amanda Lanier for Environmental Education at Reynolda Gardens and Preston Stockton Reynolda Meadow Project
  • 2018: Jill Crainshaw

Resource Conservation

  • 2014: Resident Life & Housing for Radical Energy, Water, and Waste Reduction and Financial Services Paperless Processes
  • 2015: Office of the Registrar for the Paperless PIN project; Surplus Property Program for Radical Waste Diversion
  • 2016: Office of Research & Sponsored Programs for Paperless Processes; Jessica Wallace and John Wise for Zero Landfill Program at North Dining
  • 2017: Facilities & Campus Services and Residence Life & Housing for Upper Quad Residence Hall Renovations
  • 2018: Josh Suzuki

Service and Social Action

  • 2014: Shelley Sizemore for Food Justice
  • 2015: Steve Boyd for Religion and Public Engagement
  • 2016: Justin Catanoso for Climate Change Reporting; Marianne Magjuka for NC Power Dialog
  • 2017: Dr. Angela King for Enno Farms – Model of Sustainable Practices
  • 2018: Alan Brown, Wendell Dunn, Bailey Allman

Bright Idea

  • 2014: Abby McNeal for the UgMo Wireless Soil Sensor System at Spry Soccer Field
  • 2015: JL Bolt and Frank Shelton for Repurposing Discarded Wood (“Saw-stainability”)
  • 2016: Lee Collette and Eric Stottlemyer for Contemplative Approaches to Global Sustainability (Alaska); David Link for Honeybee Program at WFU Campus Garden
  • 2017: Lesli Tuttle for Electronic Tax Form Adoption; Steven Fisenne for Chemical Inventory System; Customer and Custodial Services for Dry Floor Stripping
  • 2018: John Shenette, Jed Macosko, and Becky Dickson

Leadership

  • 2016: Alyshah Aziz  for Re-Cycle Bike Sharing; Dan Rossow  for Sustainable Event Planning at Reynolda House
  • 2017: Sebastian Irby for Interdisciplinary Major in Sustainability Studies
  • 2018: Anna Marie Carr

Champions of Change

  • 2014: Green Team Captains Peter Romanov (ZSR Library), Darlene Starnes (Office of Multicultural Affairs), and Carol Lavis (Department of Theater and Dance) for innovation in leadership
  • 2015: Green Team Captains Kate Ruley (Aramark) and Barbara Macri (Human Resources)
  • 2016: John Noble (Waste reduction at The Bridge), Tanisha Ramachandran (Social justice – Department for the Study of Religions), Natascha Romeo and Sharon Woodard (Intersections of health and sustainability in HES courses), Preston Stockton and John Kiger (Mentorship in the Campus Garden), Janine Tillett (All-star volunteer in the Campus Garden), and Gail Bretan (Inclusive programming – Tu B’Shevat)
  • 2017: Sarah Fahmy (Student-Athlete Sustainability Network)

 

Green Team Captain Spotlight: Hilary Floyd and Michelle Ford

March 26th, 2018

Is your office or department needing a Green Team representative? Email sustainability@wfu.edu to start the conversation.

 

Hilary Floyd, Wake Forest School of Divinity   

Q: What kinds of work are you involved with at Wake Forest?

A:  My job is to provide individual academic coaching for Divinity students, offer academic skills workshops, and to teach courses in research and writing. I also coordinate a leadership program for early career pastors as a part of our continuing education efforts. Additionally, I provide administrative and logistical support for our Food, Health, and Ecological Well-Being program.

Q:  What drew you to joining the Green Team and becoming a captain?

A:   Because of my work for the Food, Health, and Ecological Well-Being Program, joining the Green Team seemed like a natural fit. Much of what we hope to do through the FHEW program is to integrate an ecological and sustainable consciousness throughout the courses, activities, and community life of the Divinity School, so it is useful and relevant that we connect that work with the efforts of the Office of Sustainability and the Green Team.

Q:  What does being on the Green Team mean to you?

A:  I enjoy being on the Green Team because it gives me the opportunity to connect with others across campus and to learn from them about ways to effect positive change. The Green Team focuses on empowering each of us to do what we can where we are, and it has given me knowledge, tools, and encouragement to take small but meaningful steps in the Divinity School.

Q:  What kinds of initiatives have you implemented through your Green Team work?

A:  This past year, I met with several of our students who are interested in the intersection of faith, food, and ecology to discuss reviving our composting efforts. The students now set up a compost bin at our community lunches every Tuesday and Thursday, and they take the compost to the Campus Garden. I also have worked with the other Divinity staff members who order paper for faculty, staff, and student printers, and I encouraged them to consider ordering 100% recycled paper. Previously, they had been ordering paper with no recycled content, but after I shared with them what we had learned about recycled paper in one of our Green Team meetings, they were happy to make the change.

 


 

Michelle Ford, Wake Forest Biology Department

Q: What kinds of work are you involved with at Wake Forest?

A:  I am an administrative assistant in the Biology Department, so I do a lot of different things to assist the biology faculty—from making copies to defrosting lab freezers, I tackle it all!

Q:  What drew you to joining the Green Team and becoming a captain?

A:  I inherited the responsibility from my predecessor, but it was actually a great fit for me because I held a similar position on a similar type of team at my previous employer! I enjoy trying to find ways to conduct department business in a manner that is practical, functional, and also earth-friendly.

Q:  What does being on the Green Team mean to you?

A:  To me, being on the Green Team means that while I am doing my normal work, I also try to view everything through a sustainability lens. I always ask myself, “Is there a way that we could do this and achieve the same goal, but have less of an environmental impact?” Maybe that involves printing less, using recycled paper, or buying supplies manufactured with recycled materials, but there is usually some way to improve our process to make it a little bit more “green.”

Q:  What kinds of initiatives have you implemented through your Green Team work?

A:  In the Biology department, we have switched to 100% recycled paper for our printing needs, and have also implemented the use of compost bins at our departmental events. We are also planning to start a summer energy-saving initiative in which we raise the temperature of our ultra-low temperature freezers from -80° C to -70°C.