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Parking and Transportation Now Transportation and Parking Services

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

by Office of Sustainability Staff Writer Suzy Mullins (’18)

While Parking and Transportation may conjure anxieties about parking tickets and fees for some, the department’s new name reflects a different focus. According to WFU Transportation Manager Arian Bryant, the switch to Transportation and Parking Services highlights the importance of providing the Wake Forest community with a variety of convenient and alternative transportation options.

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Environmental Wellbeing: How Facilities Management Impacts Climate Change

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

by Office of Sustainability Staff Writer Suzy Mullins (’18)

This is the last installment in the Office of Sustainability’s Drawdown series. In the previous weeks, we have examined how Wake Forest is working to adopt, demonstrate, and research 25 of the 80 Drawdown solutions. For a quick refresher on Project Drawdown, read our introductory article. For updates on WFU research initiatives and campus-led initiatives, follow the links.

This piece focuses on solutions initiated by Wake Forest’s Facilities and Campus Services and Environmental Health and Safety teams. It is important to note that this area includes Drawdown’s number one solution—refrigerant management. The complete list of solutions initiated by Wake Forest’s environmental compliance and facilities management teams include:

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Leading the Way Toward Carbon Reduction through Campus-Wide Initiatives

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

by Office of Sustainability Staff Writer Suzy Mullins (’18)

Over the past few weeks, we have examined how Wake Forest is working to adopt, demonstrate, or research 25 of the 80 solutions from Drawdown, “the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reduce global warming.” If you missed our introduction piece or our look into the Drawdown solutions that are being researched at Wake Forest, be sure to give them a read.

In this third piece, we examine nine Drawdown solutions that students, faculty, and staff engage in at Wake Forest. These solutions, and their corresponding ranks, include:

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Project Drawdown: Your Comprehensive Guide to Carbon Reduction and Climate Protection

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

by Office of Sustainability Staff Writer, Suzy Mullins (’18)

What if I told you that climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions could be drawn down using technologies, practices, and commitments already in place today? As humans, we play a considerable role in influencing the changing climate, and it is up to us to take responsibility in order to keep planet Earth livable. One may ask, “What does it take to slow the pace of global warming?  What can I do to play a part?”

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Wake Forest to Adopt New Ride-Sharing Service

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

On September 30, 2017, Wake Forest University will be making the transition from Zimride to ShareTheRideNC. ShareTheRideNC is a statewide ride-matching service sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART).

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Hacks for an Eco-Friendly Move

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Students today are more concerned than ever about the environment, but college move-in days typically produce huge piles of trash outside residence halls.  To combat this, the Office of Sustainability offers these simple moving hacks to achieve an eco-friendly Move-In Day:

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Campus Tree Update: Willow Oak Removal

Friday, July 21st, 2017

On Saturday, July 22, a Willow Oak in front of Kirby Hall and across the street from the Sutton Center will be removed. This Willow Oak, with extensive decay and a lack of root support on both the East and West sides, is at a high risk for failure under normal weather conditions.

During the tree removal, a portion of Wingate Road will be closed.

For a list of campus tree removals and justifications, click here.

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Tree Removal at Graylyn and NCA#5

Friday, July 7th, 2017

An oak tree at the Graylyn International Conference Center will be removed on July 7-8. After standing for over 100 years, the structural integrity of the tree warrants removal.

As a result, the Coliseum Drive entrance to Graylyn will be closed on both dates to allow for the removal. Visitors are reminded to be cautious and obey traffic directions. During the removal, the main entrance to Graylyn on Reynolda Road will remain open.

Additionally, a red oak tree with internal decay near North Campus Apartment #5 will be removed as soon as possible. Paired with internal decay, the tree is also causing structural damage to the retaining wall and walks, as shown in the photos below.

For an up-to-date list of tree removals and justifications, click here.

FAQ: Zagster Bike Share

Monday, June 26th, 2017
Q: I saw that the National Cycling Center and the City of Winston Salem installed several Zagster bike share stations around town. How can I participate?

A: If you haven’t already, download the Zagster app and join the Winston-Salem, NC bike share. The app will help guide you through the following steps:
  1. BORROW: Get out your phone and open the Zagster app. Login and then enter the bike number in the “RIDE” screen. Tap the “START RIDE” button to start your ride. The app will show you the “CODE” number for the bike you’ve borrowed.
  2. UNLOCK: Enter the code into the bike’s lockbox, which is the box with a keypad on the rack of the bike. Press “ENT”, enter the code, then press “ENT” again. Make sure to press each button slowly and firmly.
  3. The box will flash the “MESSAGE” and “READY” lights once you’ve entered your code correctly. Pull the lockbox lid up and pull out the key inside. Use the key to operate the U-lock that attaches the bike to its station. Close the lockbox before you ride.
  4. RIDE: Have fun and stay safe! Use the U-lock to keep the bike secure if you make stops along the way. You must always lock the bike to a fixed object if you leave the bike during your ride. The lockbox lid must always be closed unless you are using the key inside. Your lockbox code will continue to work throughout your ride.
  5. RETURN: When you’re done, lock the bike back to a Zagster station and close the lockbox. Then go to the app and tap “END RIDE”.

Tree Removed at SFAC

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

On Monday, June 12, a Willow Oak was removed at the west entrance of the Scales Fine Arts Center after being in decline year many years. Another Willow Oak will be planted in its place.

For up-to-date news on campus tree removals, interested individuals can view a list of all tree removals and justifications on the Office of Sustainability’s website.