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Congratulations, Class of 2021 Interns and Assistants!

2021-06-07T08:29:12-04:00June 7th, 2021|Categories: Culture, Faces of Sustainability, Get Involved - Students, Home Stories, Internships, Where are they now?|

The Office of Sustainability could not do what it does without our student interns and assistants. We'd like to extend a special thank you--and a formal congratulations--to all of our interns and assistants, past and present, who graduated with the Class of 2021. These students have truly become part of our family and while we will [...]

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Champions of Change Recognized at Eighth Campus Sustainability Awards

2021-04-28T12:06:24-04:00April 26th, 2021|Categories: Champions of Change, Culture, Earth Day, Home Stories|

Written by Sophia Masciarelli, ('22) Each year, the Office of Sustainability recognizes campus change agents who work as “Champions of Change” to create a more adaptable and resilient Wake Forest community. This year’s eighth annual Campus Sustainability Awards took place on April 19 during the Office of Sustainability’s month-long celebration of the earth, comprising more than [...]

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Trees on the Run: Out of Breath & Out of Time

2021-04-15T14:30:49-04:00April 15th, 2021|Categories: Climate Action, Get Involved - Students, Home Stories, Landscaping and Tree Care|

This article is a precursor to the WFU Earth Talks series! A new, Ted-like event happening on Earth Day (April 22, 2021). To learn more about this topic, as well as several other sustainability themed subjects, register here! In person seats are full, so please select the livestream option on the page and access instructions will [...]

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The Intersection of Climate Justice and Women’s Empowerment: A Precursor to the Conversation with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

2021-03-15T09:54:22-04:00March 15th, 2021|Categories: Climate Action, Equity, Home Stories|

By Sophia Masciarelli (‘22) and Lauren Berryman (‘21), Content Development Assistants As the global climate crisis continues to unfold, various impacts will be felt by populations around the world. However, it is estimated that the climate change emergency is and will continue to disproportionately impact women – specifically, women of color – and those who live [...]

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We Are Still In: University Commitment to GHG Reduction Grows Despite National Withdrawal from Paris Agreement

2020-12-07T11:31:04-05:00November 25th, 2020|Categories: Campus, Climate Action, Energy and Water Conservation, Home Stories, Strategic Plan Update|

By Sophia Masciarelli ('22), Content Development Assistant In 2015, the Paris Agreement was adopted and signed by 195 nations around the world as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. It signaled a landmark of a new global commitment aimed at limiting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. The [...]

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Redlining and Racism – the Real Roots of Food Deserts in our Communities

2020-11-25T09:22:32-05:00October 26th, 2020|Categories: Dining and Food Systems, Equity, Health and Wellbeing, Home Stories|

By Lauren Berryman ('21), Content Development Assistant A staggering one in seven North Carolinians faces hunger, according to Feeding America. If you zoom in closer, you'll find that 49.7% of Black residents in Winston-Salem have low or no access to healthy food. Not only that but over 20 food deserts exist in Winston-Salem, concentrated primarily on the [...]

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‘Grow Small’ to Find Meaning in a Wounded World

2020-10-13T13:44:15-04:00October 13th, 2020|Categories: Academics, Cultural Climate, Culture, Environmental Program, Health and Wellbeing, Home Stories|

By Lucas Johnston ('98), Director of the Wake Forest Undergraduate Environmental Program I teach courses on religions and environmental issues, with values and ethics always at the forefront of our conversations. We are a meaning-making species, or so we are told. We find faces in the clouds, we look up to the “man in the moon” [...]

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The Inextricable Link Between Human and Environmental Health

2020-10-13T08:34:35-04:00October 12th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Health and Wellbeing, Home Stories, Service and Outreach, Stewardship, Stories|Tags: , , , , |

By Sophia Masciarelli, Content Development Assistant When the novel coronavirus hit the United States in early 2020, it upended every aspect of American life as we knew it. The presence of the virus also uncovered countless threads of inequity that run just below the surface, complexly interwoven and tangled. The pandemic, along with sweeping social revolution, [...]

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Hidden Gems of the Great Outdoors

2020-09-23T22:07:02-04:00September 23rd, 2020|Categories: Culture, Environmental Program, Get Involved - Students, Health and Wellbeing|

Finding Peace in Nature During a Pandemic By Lauren Berryman ('21) Explore the full photo essay, "Hidden Gems of the Great Outdoors" here.  "When the future is full of uncertainty and dread, where can you find peace and comfort except in the present moment?" – Rev. Tim Auman Returning to campus this semester has made students [...]

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Environmental Program Celebrates 25 Years with a Permanent Home in Palmer Hall

2020-09-08T10:17:45-04:00August 20th, 2020|Categories: Campus, Environmental Program, Home Stories|

Not only does the undergraduate Environmental (ENV) Program have two new majors in environment and sustainability available to students starting this fall -- it now has a place to call to call home. For 25 years, the program has existed in various spaces around campus, typically calling home base the office of the program's current [...]

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