Waste Reduction

Deacons Divert 11 Tons of Waste

2014-07-10T14:07:13-04:00July 10th, 2014|Categories: Home Stories, Waste Reduction|Tags: , , , , |

Demon Deacons rallied together this May to divert over 22,500 pounds -- over 11 tons -- of discarded goods from the landfill as part of Deacs Donate, an end-of-year move-out waste reduction campaign. Residence Life and Housing, Facilities and Campus Services, and the Office of Sustainability each played an important role in educating residents about the [...]

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Inaugural Champions of Change Awards

2015-03-04T09:18:58-04:00May 6th, 2014|Categories: Buildings, Champions of Change, Earth Day, Energy Conservation and Climate Change, Get Involved - Faculty, Get Involved - Staff, Get Involved - Students, Green Team Network, Home Stories, Service and Outreach, Waste Reduction|

Wake Forest’s celebration of Earth Day this year included the announcement of Champions of Change award winners. This was the first year of the program, which recognizes the creativity and innovation of individuals and teams who work to integrate principles of sustainability across campus. Provost Rogan Kersh and Sr. VP/CFO Hof Milam presented the awards. Click to [...]

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Deacs Donate: Reduce Move-out Waste

2014-05-01T15:50:27-04:00May 1st, 2014|Categories: Get Involved - Students, Home Stories, Waste Reduction|

Those big green dumpsters in front of the residence halls should be the containers of last choice at move-out. A number of programs are available to make it easy for students to donate or recycle unwanted possessions to prevent these items from ending up in the landfill. Read on for a summary of the move-out programs planned for [...]

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Case Study: Wake the Library

2014-04-01T15:25:31-04:00April 1st, 2014|Categories: Get Involved - Staff, Home Stories, Waste Reduction|Tags: , , , |

If you are a Wake Forest University student or a member of the alumni body, you may be familiar with the “Wake the Library” program hosted at midnight in ZSR throughout the week of finals every semester. You may be less familiar, however, with the work of ZSR Green Team captains Mary Scanlon and Peter Romanov, [...]

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Comfortable Conservation

2014-01-28T14:10:12-04:00January 28th, 2014|Categories: Buildings, Dining and Food Systems, Waste Reduction|Tags: , , , , , |

Spring semester is here: new classes, new students, and the highly anticipated opening of North Campus Dining Hall. The 21,000 square foot-facility was designed and constructed to LEED-silver standards. From equipment to furnishings, it showcases some unique – even one-of-a-kind – sustainable design features. John Wise, Associate Vice President of Hospitality & Auxiliary Services at WFU, [...]

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Faces of Sustainability: Alan Winkler

2014-01-17T11:27:03-04:00January 17th, 2014|Categories: Faces of Sustainability, Get Involved - Staff, Home Stories, Stewardship, Waste Reduction|Tags: , , , , |

From lamps to pianos, if you have moved or discarded furnishings on campus in the past few years, chances are you have met Alan Winkler, Surplus Coordinator for Wake Forest University. With a passion for keeping anything reusable out of the landfill, Winkler collects, catalogs, stores, and delivers myriad furnishings and recyclable waste streams across campus. [...]

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Chemical Inventory Generates Savings

2013-12-11T15:51:56-04:00December 10th, 2013|Categories: Campus, Home Stories, Procurement, Waste Reduction|Tags: , |

Beyond meeting regulated health and safety requirements, a new chemical inventory tracking system at Wake Forest provides a useful means of minimizing laboratory waste on campus. The system catalogs the thousands of different types of chemicals – from acetone to dimethyl sulfoxide – stored in academic buildings and laboratories, facility storerooms, and supply closets. The system [...]

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Are You a Champion?

2015-03-04T09:17:56-04:00October 30th, 2013|Categories: Buildings, Campus, Champions of Change, Development, Dining and Food Systems, Energy Conservation and Climate Change, Equity, Events, Get Involved, Get Involved - Faculty, Get Involved - Staff, Get Involved - Students, Greeks Go Green, Green Team Network, Home Stories, Procurement, Service and Outreach, Transportation, Waste Reduction, Water and Landscaping|

Have you or are you preparing to facilitate a change to a sustainable practice on campus? Have you implemented a new sustainability initiative in your area? If so, you might be a winner! This coming April, Wake Forest will host our inaugural Champions of Change award ceremony. In March, we will accept nominations for awards that [...]

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Refilling Stations Flow through Campus

2013-12-11T15:59:25-04:00October 29th, 2013|Categories: Buildings, Campus, Home Stories, Waste Reduction|Tags: , |

Refilling stations are becoming the norm at Wake Forest University, with a total of 46 water bottle refill stations across campus. What started with 2010-11 Choose to Reuse intern Frannie Speer, a grant from Brita’s Filter for Good program, and a pilot refill station outside the Office of Sustainability in Reynolda Hall, has propelled into a [...]

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Waste Diversion Rate Peaks at 55%

2013-12-11T16:03:33-04:00October 15th, 2013|Categories: Campus, Home Stories, Procurement, Waste Reduction|Tags: , , |

Over the past fifteen years the effort to reduce solid waste on campus has expanded from its humble origins as a simple recycling program to the holistic campus-wide waste reduction initiative it is today. Before 1998 the campus’s overall waste diversion rate was negligible; by 2010 it had jumped to 45% and in 2012 it had [...]

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