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Take Action to Draw Down Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Inspired by a talk given by Drawdown senior writer, Katharine Wilkinson

We are already experiencing the effects of climate change— temperatures are rising, precipitation patterns are shifting, and more extreme climate events are occurring around the globe. These changes are linked to the rising levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. The good news? There’s still hope. That’s our takeaway from studying Drawdown and engaging with the book’s senior writer, Dr. Katharine Wilkinson, during her visit to Wake Forest on October 5.

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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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The Age of Consequences – Screening & Discussion with Producer Sophie Robinson

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Join us for a screening of The Age of Consequences, a powerful documentary that investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability.

Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, the film unpacks how water and food shortages, drought, extreme weather, and sea-level rise function as ‘accelerants of instability’ and ‘catalysts for conflict’ in volatile regions of the world.

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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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Attend the March for Science in Raleigh

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

The Wake Forest Office of Sustainability will be chartering a bus to the March for Science in Raleigh. The bus will depart from the flagpole at the Benson University Center at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, and will return to campus around 4:30 p.m. that same day.

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Sustainability Leaders Honored at Annual Campus Awards Program

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Each year, sustainability change agents are recognized as Champions of Change for their work to create a more adaptable and resilient campus community. This year, the fourth annual Campus Sustainability Awards celebration took place on March 22 during the Office of Sustainability’s week-long celebration of the Earth.

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How Valuable are Trees to You?

Friday, March 10th, 2017

For the next couple of weeks, trees across the Wake Forest University campus will be sporting yellow tree tags. Some of the tags offer the calculated value of ecosystem services that the trees provide. Others offer the general positive benefits of trees in our landscape. Others are quotes collected from authors and figureheads about the incalculable value of our campus trees.

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Beauty in the World We Find

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Celebrate our urban forests, waterways, and the landscapes that surround us during Earth Week at Wake Forest. Inspired by Terry Tempest Williams’ quote “finding beauty in a broken world is creating beauty in the world we find,” this week-long celebration will take place March 19-25 with a variety of events to connect the Wake Forest community to actions that will protect and heal the ecosystems that support life.

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