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Winter Break Energy Conservation

Thursday, December 14, 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.

ReCycle End of Semester Bike Return

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Calling all ReCycle bikeshare participants! Your bike is in need of some TLC over winter break. Use this form to sign up for a time slot between December 4 – 6 to return your bike to Outdoor Pursuits (located in the Sutton Center). Please note that bikes will be distributed back to participants at the beginning of the spring semester.

Where Are They Now: Jenny Miller (’14)

Friday, November 17, 2017

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

From a very young age, Wake Forest alumna Jenny Miller knew she had a passion for the environment. Growing up on a tree farm in southwestern Virginia, she spent most of her early years exploring the countryside, observing animals in their natural habitat, and marveling at the miracles of nature. Over the course of her lifetime, Jenny reflects on how the environment has changed in ways she never could have imagined as a child. “Witnessing this degradation motivated me to work in a sustainability field,” says Miller. “I want to protect the environment I grew to love so that future generations can experience its wonder in the years to come.”

Parking and Transportation Now Transportation and Parking Services

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

by Office of Sustainability Staff Writer Suzy Mullins (’18)
While Parking and Transportation may conjure anxieties about parking tickets and fees for some, the department’s new name reflects a different focus. According to WFU Transportation Manager Arian Bryant, the switch to Transportation and Parking Services highlights the importance of providing the Wake Forest community with a variety of convenient and alternative transportation options.

Call for Spring 2018 Interns

Friday, November 3, 2017

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 January 2018. Pending student availability and individual evaluations at the conclusion of the Spring 2018 semester, internships and assistantships may be extended into the following school year.

Take Action to Draw Down Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Tuesday, October 31, 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.

Author Offers New Approach To Climate Change

Monday, October 23, 2017

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.

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

Thursday, October 12, 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.

Environmental Wellbeing: How Facilities Management Impacts Climate Change

Wednesday, October 4, 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:

Leading the Way Toward Carbon Reduction through Campus-Wide Initiatives

Tuesday, October 3, 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: