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Green Team Network - Sustainability at Wake Forest

Sustainability at Wake Forest

Green Team Network

Green Team Network

Looking for a way to incorporate sustainability into your workplace?  Get your department or office involved by joining the Green Team Network.  The Green Team Network is a campus-wide initiative that empowers faculty and staff to integrate sustainability into everyday workplace decisions through peer-to-peer education, support, and collaboration.

Key features of the program include:
  • Departmental Green Team captains who provide resources and leadership to help their departments integrate sustainability in the most effective ways possible
  • Training sessions and quarterly meetings to educate and support Green Team captains who, in turn, share the information with their peers
  • Monthly campaigns with dynamic resources that focus on specific areas of sustainability implementation
  • Communication between departments to share success stories and obstacles
  • A flexible framework to allow departments to choose how to best apply practices in the most appropriate ways

Ready to join? Email sustainability@wfu.edu to sign up or to learn even more about the program. Check out these Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.

Current Green Team Captains
Department Captain
Admissions Matt Avara
Advancement Morey Graham
Aramark Campus Dining Services Jessica Wallace
Art Martine Sherrill
Athletics Josh Suzuki
Benson University Center Kathleen Hurley
Biology Michelle Ford
Business Susie Lange
Campus Police Melanie Hylton
Chaplain’s Office Liz Orr
Chemistry Linda Tuttle
Classical Languages Julie Pechanek
Communication (Academic) Ron Von Burg
Computer Science Joan Habib
Conference Services Matt Pack
Counseling (Academic) Jamie Crockett
Dean of Students Kathleen Hurley
Dean of the College Leigh Anne Wray
Diversity & Inclusion, Intercultural Center, Women’s Center Darlene Starnes
Divinity School Hilary Floyd
East Asian Languages & Cultures Qiaona Yu
Economics Joanna Hamilton
Education Adam Friedman
Engineering Amanda Tingle
Facilities & Campus Services Eudora Struble, Mike Draughn
Financial & Accounting Services Erica Schoen
Financial Aid Lauren Trethaway
Global Programs and Studies Debbie Hallstead
Graylyn Julia Blackwell
Health & Exercise Science Jim Ross
History Celeste Holcomb
Human Resources Kristi Wagner
Information Systems Patty Atwood
Institutional Research Mike DeWitt
Law School Alan Keely
Learning Assistance Center Wende Walker
LGBTQ Center Kayla Lisenby
Mathematics Sarah Mason
Office of Personal and Career Development Vicki Keslar
Office of Sustainability Kim Couch
Philosophy Adrian Bardon
Physics Eric Chapman
Politics and International Affairs Andrius Galisanka
President’s Office Samantha Perrotta
Pro Humanitate Institute Kelly Larrimore
Provost’s Office Samantha Perrotta
Psychology Eric Stone
Registrar Ellen Meachum
Research and Sponsored Programs Amy Comer
Residence Life and Housing Sarah Magness
Reynolda Gardens Amanda Lanier
Reynolda House Karl Erik
Sociology Erica Talley
Student Health Services Vanissa Zwigard
Sustainability Graduate Program Ashley Wilcox
Teaching and Learning Center Deborah Snyder
Transportation & Parking Arian Bryant
University Events Molly Cosby
University Stores Willie Williams
Wake Forest Properties Jenny Bush
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Wanda Balzano
ZSR Library Mary Scanlon

Green Team Captain Spotlight: Hilary Floyd and Michelle Ford

March 26th, 2018

Is your office or department needing a Green Team representative? Email sustainability@wfu.edu to start the conversation.


Hilary Floyd, Wake Forest School of Divinity   

Q: What kinds of work are you involved with at Wake Forest?

A:  My job is to provide individual academic coaching for Divinity students, offer academic skills workshops, and to teach courses in research and writing. I also coordinate a leadership program for early career pastors as a part of our continuing education efforts. Additionally, I provide administrative and logistical support for our Food, Health, and Ecological Well-Being program.

Q:  What drew you to joining the Green Team and becoming a captain?

A:   Because of my work for the Food, Health, and Ecological Well-Being Program, joining the Green Team seemed like a natural fit. Much of what we hope to do through the FHEW program is to integrate an ecological and sustainable consciousness throughout the courses, activities, and community life of the Divinity School, so it is useful and relevant that we connect that work with the efforts of the Office of Sustainability and the Green Team.

Q:  What does being on the Green Team mean to you?

A:  I enjoy being on the Green Team because it gives me the opportunity to connect with others across campus and to learn from them about ways to effect positive change. The Green Team focuses on empowering each of us to do what we can where we are, and it has given me knowledge, tools, and encouragement to take small but meaningful steps in the Divinity School.

Q:  What kinds of initiatives have you implemented through your Green Team work?

A:  This past year, I met with several of our students who are interested in the intersection of faith, food, and ecology to discuss reviving our composting efforts. The students now set up a compost bin at our community lunches every Tuesday and Thursday, and they take the compost to the Campus Garden. I also have worked with the other Divinity staff members who order paper for faculty, staff, and student printers, and I encouraged them to consider ordering 100% recycled paper. Previously, they had been ordering paper with no recycled content, but after I shared with them what we had learned about recycled paper in one of our Green Team meetings, they were happy to make the change.



Michelle Ford, Wake Forest Biology Department

Q: What kinds of work are you involved with at Wake Forest?

A:  I am an administrative assistant in the Biology Department, so I do a lot of different things to assist the biology faculty—from making copies to defrosting lab freezers, I tackle it all!

Q:  What drew you to joining the Green Team and becoming a captain?

A:  I inherited the responsibility from my predecessor, but it was actually a great fit for me because I held a similar position on a similar type of team at my previous employer! I enjoy trying to find ways to conduct department business in a manner that is practical, functional, and also earth-friendly.

Q:  What does being on the Green Team mean to you?

A:  To me, being on the Green Team means that while I am doing my normal work, I also try to view everything through a sustainability lens. I always ask myself, “Is there a way that we could do this and achieve the same goal, but have less of an environmental impact?” Maybe that involves printing less, using recycled paper, or buying supplies manufactured with recycled materials, but there is usually some way to improve our process to make it a little bit more “green.”

Q:  What kinds of initiatives have you implemented through your Green Team work?

A:  In the Biology department, we have switched to 100% recycled paper for our printing needs, and have also implemented the use of compost bins at our departmental events. We are also planning to start a summer energy-saving initiative in which we raise the temperature of our ultra-low temperature freezers from -80° C to -70°C.

Inaugural Champions of Change Awards

May 6th, 2014

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 view more photos from the ceremony.

Winners were recognized in four categories: Resource Conservation, Service and Social Action, Teaching Research and Engagement, and Bright Ideas.

  • Residence Life & Housing and Financial Services were jointly named champions of change in Resource Conservation. Residence Life and Housing dramatically reduced solid waste and conserved water through renovation and retrofit programs this past year; Financial Services supported the conversion to electronic business processes campus-wide.
  • Campus Kitchen was named as a winner in the Service and Social Action category. Campus Kitchen repurposes prepared, but not served, food from our campus dining facilities into balanced meals for members of the broader Winston-Salem community.
  • For Teaching, Research and Engagement, Lynn Book and her faculty colleagues Angela Kocze and Wanda Balzano were recognized for their work in the new course, “Women, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability.” Students collaborated with community partners Margaret Norfleet-Neff and Salem Neff, the mother-daughter team who founded the Old Salem Cobblestone Farmers Market.
  • Abby McNeal was recognized for her Bright Idea in turf management and the installation of the UgMo Wireless Soil Sensor System at Spry Soccer Field. UgMo is an underground monitoring system that measures soil moisture at the root level and determines when and how much to water on a zone-to-zone basis.

Thirty nominations were received for the four awards. A committee evaluated the nominations based on:

  • The level of participation by colleagues within the department or unit
  • The measurable impact among constituents across campus or in the community served

Additionally, Green Team captains Peter Romanov, Darlene Starnes and Carol Lavis were named champions of change for their departmental leadership. 65% of our departments and units across campus are now led by Green Team captains – they support their colleagues with the resources and encouragement to integrate sustainability into everyday workplace decisions.

Are You a Champion?

October 30th, 2013

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 honor sustainability through:

  • resource conservation (energy, water, or waste reduction),
  • academics (teaching, research, engaged learning),
  • service and social action, and
  • bright ideas (innovative ideas that have been or could be implemented).

We look forward to hearing about the work of all the inspiring change agents across campus.

Green Team Gets Ergonomics Lesson

June 25th, 2013
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Laughter abounded at last month’s Green Team Quarterly meeting, as Bridget Marrs playfully briefed the Green Team captains on the dos and don’ts of workplace ergonomics.  The Green Team, a network of staff and faculty who advocate for the integration of sustainability into their departments’ daily operations, listened closely to Marrs, the Occupational Health, Safety, and Training Coordinator from Wake Forest Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), and made note of information they could bring back to their own offices.

Ergonomics is an applied science that focuses on finding optimal fit between workers and their work environments.  An ergonomically sound work environment operates to minimize work-related injuries.  According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), or ergonomic injuries, account for 33% of all illness and injury cases that result in missed days of work, making ergonomic considerations critical for the financial sustainability of any institution.

In her presentation, Marrs emphasized that ergonomic improvements were possible on any budget and creating an ergonomically sound workplace was often a matter of creatively rearranging what someone already has in place.  For those who wanted to see ergonomic work space options in person, Marrs informed the Green Team of the EHS ergonomics lab, located at 2430 A, Reynolda Rd.  The lab, opened on April 16th of this year, is set up for visitors to “test drive” different systems.

After the presentation, fourteen Green Team members scheduled personal ergonomics assessments. These assessments, also conducted by Marrs, are free to all Wake Forest staff members.  If you would like to schedule a visit to the ergonomics lab or a personal ergonomics assessment, contact Bridget Marrs at marrsbs@wfu.edu.

 By Annabel Lang, Wake Forest Fellow for the Office of Sustainability

Caught Green-Handed

June 7th, 2012

WFU faculty and staff members incorporate sustainability into their lives daily. We’re always on the look out to catch them “green-handed.”

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Green Team network connects university

October 7th, 2011

We’ve got great news!

The Green Team Network has grown to include nearly half of all university offices and departments since the February 2011 launch. Thirty eight departments and offices belong to the network and are working to implement sustainable practices across campus.

We want to give a big shout out to all of our wonderful Green Team Captains and their departments. You are the foundation for positive change. Thank you for all that you do!

Andrew Britt, Undergraduate Admissions

Kyle Bryner, Anthropology

Abby Houser, Athletics

Debbie Lafferty, Benson University Center

Nancy Fauser, Biology

Amanda Fleming, Budget and Financial Planning

Shelley Graves-Sizemore, Campus Life

Sharon Fortner, Campus Police

Barbara Macri, Campus Police

T.J. Peele, Campus Recreation

Mark Henley, Campus Recreation

Linda Tuttle, Chemistry

Dayna Rohrer, Communications and External Relations

Kathryn Drinkuth, Divinity School

Susan Robinson, Divinity School

Adam Friedman, Education

Paul Bogard, English

Steve Fisenne, Facilities and Campus Services

Megan Anderson, Facilities and Campus Services

Peter Nachand, Facilities and Campus Services

Terri LeGrand, Financial Aid

James Ross, Health and Exercise Science

Simone Caron, History

Rebecca Boyd, Information Systems

Adam Shick, Institutional Research

Hillary Lambert, Learning Assistance Center

Sarah Mason, Mathematics

Joanna Porter, Music

Louis Goldstein, Music

Lauren Beam, Personal and Career Development

Kendall Hack, Provost’s Office

Eric Stone, Psychology

Jeannette Rork, Registrar

Sheila Lockhart, Religion

Theresa Earl, Residence Life and Housing

David Bare, Reynolda Gardens

Diane Collins, Student Health Services

Teresa Jackson, Student Health Services

Charlene Watkins, Office of Student Life

Tiffany White, Sustainability Office

Deborah Snyder, Teaching and Learning Center

Carol Lavis, Theatre and Dance

Laura Hemrick, University Compliance Office

Jenny Bush, Wake Forest Properties

Peter Romanov, ZSR Library

Mary Scanlon, ZSR Library

Don’t see your department listed? Talk to your supervisor about starting a Green Team in your office or department and contact the Office of Sustainability for more information.

Staff and Faculty take the lead with Green Team Network

February 1st, 2011

The public launch of the Green Team Network this month will present university faculty and staff with the opportunity to lead their respective divisions, departments, and units in developing more sustainable behaviors. Through the program, volunteer captains will gain the tools needed to engage their peers, and to promote sustainable behaviors, in ways that are culturally appropriate to their departments. The Green Team Network is aligned with the Office of Sustainability’s mission in that it supports faculty and staff members in assuming leadership for sustainability.

The Green Team was developed as a pilot through the combined efforts of a group of ten staff members, who served as team captains for their offices or departments, and Office of Sustainability staff. Through meetings, on-line communication, and researching similar programs at other universities, the captains and interns worked to create a framework that provides guidance, but is adaptable to a variety of settings.

A key feature of the program is the development of and support for Green Team captains in each office or department across campus. Once a unit chooses to participate, leaders within the department designate one or more captains (depending on the size of the department) to lead their sustainability efforts. No previous experience is necessary to become a Green Team captain. Training sessions are provided through the Professional Development Center and quarterly orientation meetings are hosted by the Office of Sustainability to educate the captains and allow them to share emerging best practices with one another.

The Office of Sustainability provides support through the development of monthly campaign themes.  Each campaign theme will focus on one particular area of sustainable practices. Emerging topics of interest to the group include energy reduction, waste reduction, recycling, and purchasing strategies. Campaigns will provide dynamic resources that Green Team captains can apply in ways that they feel will most effectively support their departments.

Ultimately, the goal for the Green Team Network is to provide guidance and support in several areas of sustainability to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of workplace settings on campus. Currently, the pilot team and the Office of Sustainability are developing a meaningful method of recognizing those departments that become active members. The group will also plan an annual award program to recognize the most creative and effective efforts across campus.

Contact the Office of Sustainability at sustainability@wfu.edu to schedule a presentation for your next department meeting or to learn more about the program and membership.

By Josh DeWitt and Katherine Sinacore, Green Team Interns