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Wake Forest University Receives STARS Gold Rating for Sustainability Achievements

2018-10-16T14:27:57+00:00October 16th, 2018|Categories: Home Stories|

Wake Forest University has earned a STARS Gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.  The Wake Forest University 2018 STARS report is publicly available here on [...]

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Shut the Sash: Do Your Part to Save Energy in Salem Hall

2018-09-27T09:20:25+00:00September 27th, 2018|Categories: Home Stories|

By: Kellie Shanaghan The newly-renovated Salem Hall, longtime home of the Chemistry Department, has high potential for energy savings -- but only if everyone interacts with the space correctly. One critical step is shutting the glass doors, called sashes, on the fume hoods when they are not in use. “We have installed the efficient [...]

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Dr. Luke Johnston Named Environmental Program Director

2018-09-26T16:19:31+00:00September 26th, 2018|Categories: Home Stories|

Undergraduates with Environmental minors can now look to Dr.Johnston from the Religion Department for advising and a sneak peak at the future of the program. By: Kellie Shanaghan Dr. Luke Johnston was recently appointed as the Director of the Environmental Program at Wake Forest University. In this role, he oversees undergraduate students pursuing minors in Environmental [...]

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Raj Patel Speaks to Campus on “The World that Food Made”

2018-09-26T15:43:58+00:00September 26th, 2018|Categories: Home Stories|

Dr. Raj Patel engaged a full house at the Byrum Welcome Center with enlightening stories of agriculture, systemic inequality, and how one village in Malawi empowered people through food. By: Adam Tomasi Raj Patel, an award-winning journalist, food activist and research professor at the University of Texas, stood in front of over 200 attendees at the [...]

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Compost Crew Minimizes Food Waste

2018-09-15T17:46:05+00:00September 15th, 2018|Categories: Home Stories|

By Julia Haines, Editor-in-chief of the Old Gold & Black  Originally published in the September 6 issue of the Old Gold & Black  Many of the freshmen orientation events on move-in weekend were heavily policed by the Office of Sustainability’s Compost Crew, a group of students dedicated to ensuring food waste on campus is dealt with responsibly. [...]

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FAQ: Electric Scooters

2018-09-11T08:54:47+00:00September 11th, 2018|Categories: Frequently Asked Questions, Transportation|

FAQ: I saw some Bird scooters on campus last week but they disappeared as quickly as they arrived. What happened? A: The scooters were removed by the company the same day they were delivered. There are three primary operators in the university dockless electric scooter space: Spin, Lime, and Bird. Spin and Lime have both reached out about [...]

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Is Your Sunscreen Hurting Our Coral Reefs?

2018-06-28T15:52:40+00:00June 28th, 2018|Categories: CEES, Home Stories|

Protect yourself and the planet this summer Ahh, sweet summertime—the time of year we visit the beach and generously lather on layers of sunscreen time and time again to protect our skin from the sun’s rays. While sunscreen does a great job protecting humans from the sun, research has shown that some compounds found in many [...]

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We’ll Do the Dirty Work

2018-09-15T17:47:56+00:00June 4th, 2018|Categories: Get Involved - Faculty, Get Involved - Staff, Get Involved - Students, Home Stories, Waste Reduction|

Not all heroes wear capes. In fact, some don tan shirts and rubber gloves and call themselves the Compost Crew. The Compost Crew is a student-initiated group committed to diverting waste on campus. As their name indicates, the group’s primary focus is collecting food waste for composting. Their work is part of a broader commitment at [...]

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Over 300 Members of the Class of 2018 pledge to be Green Grads

2018-06-04T15:33:42+00:00May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Culture, Get Involved - Students, Home Stories|

Over 300 members of the Wake Forest Class of 2018 made an enduring commitment to sustainability by signing the Green Graduation pledge, an opportunity that over 100 other colleges and universities offer their graduates. All signatories received a reusable travel mug to reinforce sustainable habits after leaving the Forest.  The mugs are printed with Wake Forest’s [...]

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Infusing Sustainability across the Curriculum

2018-06-04T15:53:09+00:00May 19th, 2018|Categories: Get Involved - Faculty, Home Stories, Magnolias Curriculum Project|

Where is sustainability in your field? How does incorporating sustainability bolster what you’re already teaching? These are a few of the question 10 Wake Forest faculty members explored during the seventh annual Magnolias Curriculum Project on May 17-18, 2018. Each year, this two-day curriculum workshop aims to develop innovative course components that inspire systems thinking and [...]

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