Climate Action Archive

Fungi: An Unexpected Guide to Amazon Rainforest Conservation

written by Office of Sustainability intern, Una Wilson (’24) Una is a biology major specializing in studies of fungi, and a journalism and environmental studies minor, spent the summer in Peru alongside Wake Forest faculty researchers and CINCIA. Wilson shares her experience in Peru, and documents her research focused on mycorrhizal fungi in recently mined […]


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

by Suzy Mullins (’18) | Originally published on September 13, 2017 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 […]


Drawdown Series Part 3 of 3: Environmental Wellbeing – How Facilities Management Impacts Climate Change

by Suzy Mullins (’18) | Originally published October 4, 2017 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 updates on WFU research initiatives and campus-led initiatives, follow the links. This piece […]


Drawdown Series Part 2 of 3: Leading the Way Toward Carbon Reduction through Campus-Wide Initiatives

by Suzy Mullins (’18) | Originally published on October 3, 2017 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 our look into the Drawdown solutions that are […]


Drawdown Series Part 1 of 3: Forward Focused – Research for a Cooler Climate and Brighter Future

by Suzy Mullins (’18) | Originally published September 27, 2017 This is the first post in the Office of Sustainability’s Drawdown series where we examine how Wake Forest University is enacting 25 of the 80 solutions proposed by Project Drawdown to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. If you missed the introductory piece to our series and are wondering, “What is […]


To Antarctica and Back Again: A Study in Sustainability

guest blog written by Libby Mohn (’20) “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” – Robert Swan OBE In March 2022, I journeyed to Antarctica with ClimateForce 2041 alongside polar explorer Robert Swan OBE, the first man in history to walk to both the South and North Poles.  […]


The Road to Reducing Climate Impact Starts Here

Originally published on April 26, 2019 All climate actions plans, from universities to transnational corporations, start in the same place: building and plant efficiency. Wake Forest’s investments in energy efficiency started, in earnest, in 2007. This is the baseline year from which all greenhouse gas reductions on campus are measured. A task force at Wake […]


WFU measures carbon footprint, first step in Climate Action Planning

Originally published on March 25, 2019 The University’s publicly available carbon inventory measures the greenhouse gas emissions of our campus — and the trajectory is headed in the right direction.  Did you know that South Hall uses solar-thermal energy for hot water and Reynolds Gym uses it to reheat the pool water? Or that over […]


On the Road to a Carbon Neutral Wake Forest: The Team and Strategies Making It Happen

Originally published on April 27, 2022 During November of 2021, 120 leaders from around the world convened to discuss the state of Earth’s climate and deliver real progress on climate action at the 26th United National Climate Change Conference (COP26). Eyes all over the world watched as more than a month of panels, discussions, and […]


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