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Forward Focused: Research for a Cooler Climate and Brighter Future

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

by Office of Sustainability Staff Writer, Suzy Mullins (’18)
This is the second 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 Project Drawdown?,” click here to learn more on the “most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reduce global warming.”

Keynote and Dialogue with Drawdown Senior Writer, Katharine Wilkinson

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

What can you do to slow the pace of climate change? What will it take to mitigate the threats it poses? Join us for a discussion on how innovation, leadership, and positive impact ideas can have a revolutionary effect on our future.
Dr. Katharine Wilkinson, senior writer of Drawdown, will lead a conversation on 80 global solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and how you can play your part.

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

Wednesday, September 13, 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?”

Campus Tree Update: Willow Oak Removal

Friday, July 21, 2017

On Saturday, July 22, a Willow Oak in front of Kirby Hall and across the street from the Sutton Center will be removed. This Willow Oak, with extensive decay and a lack of root support on both the East and West sides, is at a high risk for failure under normal weather conditions.
During the tree removal, a portion of Wingate Road will be closed.
For a list of campus tree removals and justifications, click here.

Tree Removed at SFAC

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

On Monday, June 12, a Willow Oak was removed at the west entrance of the Scales Fine Arts Center after being in decline year many years. Another Willow Oak will be planted in its place.
For up-to-date news on campus tree removals, interested individuals can view a list of all tree removals and justifications on the Office of Sustainability’s website.

Sustainability across the Curriculum

Friday, June 9, 2017

The sixth annual Magnolias Curriculum Project brought together 14 faculty members on May 10-11, 2017, to develop innovative course components that will inspire systems thinking in students and empower an understanding of sustainability through a variety of lenses.
During this two-day workshop, participants discussed sustainability literature, developed learning objectives for their students, and shared perspectives from their own fields of study.

Decaying Willow Oak Removed from Lot P

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Starting on June 8, Wake Forest’s Landscape Services team began removing a Willow Oak in Parking Lot P, across from Farrell Hall. According to University Arborist Jim Mussetter, this Willow Oak has extensive root decay and has been in decline for many years. Previous efforts to aid the survival of the Willow Oak resulted in a 50 percent reduction of the tree’s canopy.

Congratulations 2017 Sustainability Intern Graduates

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

As the 2016-2017 academic year comes to an end, the Office of Sustainability celebrates and congratulates its interns who are graduating and beginning their professional careers: Leigh Fountain, Eric Gorzeman, Julie Kanter, Akua Maat, and Emily McMullen. These five students have been integral members of the Sustainability staff and have contributed greatly to the development and execution of several campus sustainability initiatives and endeavors.