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Green Team Captain Spotlight: Hilary Floyd and Michelle Ford

Monday, March 26th, 2018

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

The Green Team Network allows members of WFU faculty and staff to learn and collaborate across campus in efforts of integrating sustainability into the workplace. While the initiative provides Green Team captains with resources and leadership training, each captain implements their skills in ways which best support their department or office.

There are currently 61 Green Team captains, all of whom serve as peer leaders for their office or department. Today, the spotlight is on Hilary Floyd, the Divinity School’s captain, and Michelle Ford, the captain for the Biology Department, who will share more about their Wake Forest Green Team experiences.

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Keynote and Dialogue with Urban Revitalization Strategist Majora Carter

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Majora Carter, a leading urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster, will lead a conversation on Community as a Corporation and how talent-retention strategies can be used to mitigate fears of displacement in re-urbanizing America.

The event will begin at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 21, in the Brendle Recital Hall. Doors open at 6:45 pm. Admission is free and seats are limited. RSVP here.

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

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

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.

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Eating for Environmental Wellness

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

by Nathan Peifer, M.Div. ’13
Campus Garden Manager, Campus as a Lab Pilot Manager

The first time I tried to grow a garden, I learned a fundamental lesson: food is a gift from the Earth. Land, water, and air, those things we call the “environment,” are the foundation of our existence. The makings of my daily meals do not come from the grocery store (an absolute revelation to my suburban American mind!).

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Winter Break Energy Conservation

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

In an effort to conserve energy over the winter holiday period, Facilities & Campus Services will implement our annual temperature setback program for academic and administrative buildings starting Friday, December 22 at approximately 5pm. The setback program will maintain building temperatures at a minimum of 55°F during the holiday period. Facilities & Campus Services intends to have all buildings at 70°F by the time employees arrive at work on January 2.

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Author Offers New Approach To Climate Change

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

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Typically, electric bikes and household recycling are not perceived to be major climate change solutions. However, according to Katharine Wilkinson, these two examples serve as viable mechanisms to reverse the impact of climate change.

Katharine Wilkinson, senior writer of The New York Times’ bestseller Drawdown, presented her book to an auditorium full of students, professors and locals Thursday, Oct. 5 in the Porter Byrum Welcome Center.

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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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Over 200 Graduates Commit to Living Green

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

This year, over 200 members of the Class of 2017 signed the Green Graduation Pledge, an indication of their desire to continue their commitment to sustainability after college. The pledge reads: I pledge to take into account the social and environmental consequences of any future endeavors and to work to improve the sustainability of the communities in which I work, live and play.

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Greening the Goal

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

The Wake Forest Athletic Department and the Office of Sustainability teamed up to host the University’s first carbon neutral soccer game on Sept. 6, in a match against Appalachian State University. Dr. Miles Silman, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Presidential Chair in Conservation Biology and director of the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, served as the team’s honorary captain.

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Office of Sustainability graphic design and social media intern, Talia Roberts, engages with fellow students at the first Wake Forest carbon neutral soccer game.

In preparation for the event, sustainability departments from Wake Forest and Appalachian State worked together to determine the carbon dioxide emissions from the team’s travel to and from Winston-Salem, as well as emissions generated from the stadium lights and fan transportation.

Carbon dioxide emissions generated from the game are being offset by We Are Neutral, a nonprofit organization that offsets homes, schools, businesses, travel, meetings, and sporting events. We Are Neutral creates offsets by planting trees on conservation lands, performing free home energy upgrades for low-income residents, and supporting the reduction of methane released from landfills.

During the game, members of the Office of Sustainability team interacted with fans to educate them about the impact of their activities on the environment and ways they can help reduce their carbon footprint.

“Our sustainability interns did a great job reaching out to fans of all ages and engaging them in our carbon footprint quiz, where they had to assess the relative emissions of air travel, plane travel, home energy use, and meat consumption. Our mission was not to condemn any of those activities, but simply to educate others so they can determine if more sustainable options may be appropriate in certain situations,” said Brian Cohen, Program Coordinator for the Wake Forest Office of Sustainability. “This initiative allowed us to reach a segment of the Wake Forest community that we do not have access to on a daily basis, and we look forward to coordinating with Athletics on more outreach opportunities in the future.”

The game ended with a 3-0 victory for Wake Forest and a small win for Planet Earth.

Welcome New Sustainability Staff

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

The Office of Sustainability is pleased to welcome Brian Cohen and Ally Hellenga, who joined the Wake Forest Sustainability team on August 1, as the Program Coordinator and Communication and Events Coordinator, respectively.

“We are fortunate to have attracted such bright and accomplished individuals to our team. These two bring experience in both sustainability and higher education – their talents and perspectives provide a fresh and creative lens on our work,” Dedee DeLongpré Johnston, Chief Sustainability Officer for Wake Forest University, said.

Brian and AllyCohen comes to Wake Forest after serving as an assistant tennis coach at Old Dominion University and Washington & Lee University, where he also became a leader in campus sustainability. He helped introduce a number of environmental initiatives to the athletic departments at both schools and served as the Athletic Department Liaison for Environmental Initiatives at Washington & Lee.  In addition, Cohen has experience in marine conservation with two NGOs: SeaWeb and the Ocean Conservancy.

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