Wake Forest moved to its current home on the Reynolda Campus in 1956. The majority of existing campus buildings were constructed in those early days. These fifty-year-old facilities are kept running through investments in energy-efficiency and renovations that benefit the environment and the university’s bottom line. The Wake Forest Green Building Policy can be found here.

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Starting in 2007, Wake Forest implemented a policy that all buildings must be designed and built to meet a minimum of the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards. Here is the list of LEED-certified buildings at Wake Forest:

Preserving and retrofitting buildings on campus saves between 50-75% of the embodied materials, energy, and equivalent carbon. Through renovation and retrofitting, the six residence halls on Hearn Plaza now use 24% less energy and 42% less water. Low-flow showerheads, faucets, and toilets and LED lights all contribute to these efficiency gains.

While the addition of signature buildings like Farrell Hall, the Shah Basketball Complex, and the Sutton Sports Performance Center has resulted in over 800,000 square feet of new building space, a total of 52 renovation projects totaling over 600,000 square feet have optimized existing buildings for new needs. Whenever possible, buildings on campus are retrofitted rather than built new.

WFU measures carbon footprint, first step in Climate Action Planning

March 25th, 2019|Comments Off on WFU measures carbon footprint, first step in Climate Action Planning

The University’s publicly available carbon inventory measures the greenhouse gas emissions of our campus -- and the trajectory is headed in the right direction. Contributor: Adam Tomasi ‘19, Office of Sustainability Content Assistant Did you [...]

Did You Know? Fast Facts from Wake Forest’s Recent STARS Gold Report

November 21st, 2018|Comments Off on Did You Know? Fast Facts from Wake Forest’s Recent STARS Gold Report

Wake Forest recently received its first STARS Gold Rating for sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). This rating reflects important strides across the campus in areas from [...]

Winter Break Energy Conservation

December 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Winter Break Energy Conservation

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 [...]

Drawdown Series Part 3 of 3: Environmental Wellbeing – How Facilities Management Impacts Climate Change

October 4th, 2017|Comments Off on Drawdown Series Part 3 of 3: Environmental Wellbeing – How Facilities Management Impacts Climate Change

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, [...]

Athletics Scores with Sustainability

January 26th, 2017|Comments Off on Athletics Scores with Sustainability

Wake Forest University Athletics is helping to reduce the university’s carbon footprint by reducing energy use. A state-of-the-art LED lighting system in the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial (LJVM) Coliseum court cuts energy use by over [...]