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We’ll Do the Dirty Work

Friday, June 1st, 2018

Not all heroes wear capes. In fact, some don tan shirts and rubber gloves and call themselves the Compost Crew.

The Compost Crew is a student-initiated group committed to diverting waste on campus. As their name indicates, the group’s primary focus is collecting food waste for composting. Their work is part of a broader commitment at the university to create zero-landfill initiatives across campus including event planning consultation, awareness campaigns, and recycling/repurposing efforts.


Over 300 Members of the Class of 2018 pledge to be Green Grads

Friday, June 1st, 2018

Over 300 members of the Wake Forest Class of 2018 made an enduring commitment to sustainability by signing the Green Graduation pledge, an opportunity that over 100 other colleges and universities offer their graduates.

All signatories received a reusable travel mug to reinforce sustainable habits after leaving the Forest.  The mugs are printed with Wake Forest’s Green Graduation pledge: 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.


Infusing Sustainability across the Curriculum

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

Where is sustainability in your field? How does incorporating sustainability bolster what you’re already teaching?

These are a few of the question 10 Wake Forest faculty members explored during the seventh annual Magnolias Curriculum Project on May 17-18, 2018. Each year, this two-day curriculum workshop aims to develop innovative course components that inspire systems thinking and result in engaged learning outcomes for sustainability.


Congratulations 2018 Sustainability Intern Graduates

Friday, May 18th, 2018

The Office of Sustainability congratulates our current and former graduating interns, all of whom have been integral in Wake Forest’s campus sustainability efforts.


Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Magnolias Curriculum Project

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

We invite all WFU faculty to enhance teaching and engagement with sustainability issues by participating in the 2018 Magnolias Curriculum Project. 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!

We will accept applications for the May 2018 workshop through Wednesday, April 25, 2018.  To apply, please 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.


Join the Office of Sustainability’s Intern Team

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Are you a student interested in making a difference and gaining professional development experience? The following paid opportunities are available to all Wake Forest University undergraduate students. Unless otherwise indicated, all positions are with the Office of Sustainability and begin in August 2018. Pending student availability and individual evaluations at the conclusion of the Fall 2018 semester, internships and assistantships may be extended to the Spring 2019 semester.


Over 100 Team Up for Earth Week Service Project

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

Students, faculty, staff, and friends from the community worked together to remove leaf litter and tree limbs from the Wake Forest cross-country trails on Friday, March 23, as part of the Office of Sustainability’s Earth Week celebration. Over 100 volunteers participated in this annual service project to give back to the campus and to celebrate Wake Forest’s designation as a Tree Campus USA.


Sustainability Champions Recognized at Fifth Campus Sustainability Awards

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

Each year, the Office of Sustainability recognizes campus change agents who work to create a more adaptable and resilient Wake Forest community as “Champions of Change.” This year’s fifth annual Campus Sustainability Awards celebration took place on March 21 during the Office of Sustainability’s week-long celebration of the Earth.

Wake Forest University Provost Rogan Kersh and Executive Vice President Hof Milam recognized students, faculty, and staff who have demonstrated or initiated successful sustainable practices on campus in the following five categories: Teaching, Research and Engagement; Resource Conservation; Service and Social Action; Bright Ideas; and Leadership.


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.


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.