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Author Offers New Approach To Climate Change

October 23rd, 2017

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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.

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

October 12th, 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.

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Environmental Wellbeing: How Facilities Management Impacts Climate Change

October 4th, 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:

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Leading the Way Toward Carbon Reduction through Campus-Wide Initiatives

October 3rd, 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:

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Incentives for Using a Reusable Mug/Bottle

September 29th, 2017

Q: Are there any places on campus that provide a discount for bringing your own mug or reusable bottle?

A: Yes, Starbucks and Campus Campus Grounds on the WFU campus offer a 25 cent discount if you bring your own mug. Join other Deacons and take the pledge to #ChoosetoReuse by bringing a reusable bottle or mug with you wherever you go!

Forward Focused: Research for a Cooler Climate and Brighter Future

September 27th, 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.”

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Keynote and Dialogue with Drawdown Senior Writer, Katharine Wilkinson

September 20th, 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.

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

September 13th, 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?”

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Wake Forest to Adopt New Ride-Sharing Service

August 29th, 2017

On September 30, 2017, Wake Forest University will be making the transition from Zimride to ShareTheRideNC. ShareTheRideNC is a statewide ride-matching service sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART).

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FAQ: Video Resources for Sustainability

August 29th, 2017

Q: I am looking for a short video resource to visually display and teach the principles of sustainable development. Do you have any recommendations?

A: One of our favorites for short videos on sustainability topics is Sustainability Illustrated which offers short engaging videos to learn about and teach the principles of sustainability. The goal of these videos is to change the world by making sustainability knowledge available to all for free in a fun and engaging format. With a variety of videos on topics ranging from general sustainability and systems thinking to more specific tools and concepts, Sustainability Illustrated communicates sustainability both visually and effectively.