At Wake Forest, we take a strategic approach to our sustainability initiatives and trajectory. The first sustainability strategic plan encompasses the strategic goals for sustainability at Wake Forest University for the three academic years that began in fall 2012 and ended in spring 2015. In each section, you can find our guiding principle for that topical area, a brief note about the history of that area on campus, an overview of what we were doing at the time, and a summary of strategic goals for those section.
The Winston-Salem Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the City-County Planning Board (CCPB) of Forsyth County and Winston-Salem, in cooperation with Wake Forest University (WFU), conducted a Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Transit Study for the Wake Forest University area in Winston-Salem. This project aims to improve active transportation and transit choices between the WFU campus and surrounding neighborhoods through infrastructure and policy changes. The City and University formed a Stakeholder Advisory Group to guide this project with representation from the university, the community, and government entities.
This Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Study identifies current opportunities and constraints for walking and bicycling on the Reynolda Campus, and provides a prioritized set of recommendations for improvement. This project differs from a similar study (the 2014 Wake Forest University Area Bicycle, Pedestrian & Transit Study), which focused on connections between the campus and the surrounding areas. Instead, this study is focused on campus itself, and aims to improve conditions for walking and bicycling campus-wide.
The overall goal of this plan is to ensure a safe, attractive, healthy and sustainable campus forest. A major contributor to the success of this plan has been a program of public education about tree care issues and an annual spring celebration of North Carolina Arbor Day. By promoting thorough contemplation and conscientious action, this plan outlines the proper care of the university’s trees now to ensure optimal enjoyment and use of the university trees for generations to come.