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Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Magnolias Curriculum Project

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Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Magnolias Curriculum Project

April 2nd, 2018

We invite all WFU faculty to enhance teaching and engagement with sustainability issues by participating in the 2018 Magnolias Curriculum Project. No prior experience with sustainability-related issues in the classroom or in research is necessary, and faculty at all ranks and career stages are welcome!

We will accept applications for the May 2018 workshop through Wednesday, April 25, 2018.  To apply, please send a short description (one paragraph maximum) of how you plan to change an existing course, or develop a new one, that will incorporate environmental and/or sustainability issues to Kim Couch at couchkm@wfu.edu. Please include your name, departmental affiliation, phone number and e-mail address.

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Join the Office of Sustainability’s Intern Team

March 29th, 2018

Are you a student interested in making a difference and gaining professional development experience? The following paid opportunities are available to all Wake Forest University undergraduate students. Unless otherwise indicated, all positions are with the Office of Sustainability and begin in August 2018. Pending student availability and individual evaluations at the conclusion of the Fall 2018 semester, internships and assistantships may be extended to the Spring 2019 semester.

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Over 100 Team Up for Earth Week Service Project

March 28th, 2018

Students, faculty, staff, and friends from the community worked together to remove leaf litter and tree limbs from the Wake Forest cross-country trails on Friday, March 23, as part of the Office of Sustainability’s Earth Week celebration. Over 100 volunteers participated in this annual service project to give back to the campus and to celebrate Wake Forest’s designation as a Tree Campus USA.

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Sustainability Champions Recognized at Fifth Campus Sustainability Awards

March 28th, 2018

Each year, the Office of Sustainability recognizes campus change agents who work to create a more adaptable and resilient Wake Forest community as “Champions of Change.” This year’s fifth annual Campus Sustainability Awards celebration took place on March 21 during the Office of Sustainability’s week-long celebration of the Earth.

Wake Forest University Provost Rogan Kersh and Executive Vice President Hof Milam recognized students, faculty, and staff who have demonstrated or initiated successful sustainable practices on campus in the following five categories: Teaching, Research and Engagement; Resource Conservation; Service and Social Action; Bright Ideas; and Leadership.

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Green Team Captain Spotlight: Hilary Floyd and Michelle Ford

March 26th, 2018

by Office of Sustainability Staff Writer Suzy Mullins (’18)

The Green Team Network allows members of WFU faculty and staff to learn and collaborate across campus in efforts of integrating sustainability into the workplace. While the initiative provides Green Team captains with resources and leadership training, each captain implements their skills in ways which best support their department or office.

There are currently 61 Green Team captains, all of whom serve as peer leaders for their office or department. Today, the spotlight is on Hilary Floyd, the Divinity School’s captain, and Michelle Ford, the captain for the Biology Department, who will share more about their Wake Forest Green Team experiences.

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Tree Tags on Campus Mark 2018 Earth Week Celebration

March 14th, 2018

For the next couple of weeks, trees across the Wake Forest University campus will be sporting yellow tree tags. Some of the tags offer the calculated value of ecosystem services that the trees provide. Others offer the general positive benefits of trees in our landscape. Others are quotes collected from authors and figureheads about the incalculable value of our campus trees.

Celebrate Arbor Day and Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish New Year for Trees, at the Barn and the surrounding cross country trails. The event will feature a tree planting ceremony, a cleanup of the woods around the trails, and a cookout with grass-fed beef and veggie burgers. Register to participate and receive a Cloud Organic Earth Week t-shirt.

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Keynote and Dialogue with Urban Revitalization Strategist Majora Carter

March 13th, 2018

Majora Carter, a leading urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster, will lead a conversation on Community as a Corporation and how talent-retention strategies can be used to mitigate fears of displacement in re-urbanizing America.

The event will begin at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 21, in the Brendle Recital Hall. Doors open at 6:45 pm. Admission is free and seats are limited. RSVP here.

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Working for the World We Want: 2018 Earth Week at Wake Forest

March 11th, 2018

The Office of Sustainability will be hosting our annual Earth Week celebration March 18-24. This week-long celebration will focus on environmental (in)justice, with a focal community lecture by Majora Carter. Other events will include the annual Champions of Change campus sustainability awards program, a campus beautification service project, and student-curated public art experiences.

Follow the Office of Sustainability on its social media platforms (@SustainableWFU) to stay up to date on all events.

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Eating for Environmental Wellness

March 7th, 2018

by Nathan Peifer, M.Div. ’13
Campus Garden Manager, Campus as a Lab Pilot Manager

The first time I tried to grow a garden, I learned a fundamental lesson: food is a gift from the Earth. Land, water, and air, those things we call the “environment,” are the foundation of our existence. The makings of my daily meals do not come from the grocery store (an absolute revelation to my suburban American mind!).

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Where Are They Now: Katherine Sinacore (’11)

February 12th, 2018

by Office of Sustainability Staff Writer Suzy Mullins (’18)

Having spent most of her childhood years exploring the great outdoors, Wake Forest alumna Katherine Sinacore (’11) knew from early age that she wanted to integrate nature into her field of work—but, she had no idea how her passions would unfold until she stepped foot on the Wake Forest campus. As an undergraduate, Katherine interned with the Office of Sustainability, studied environmental issues in the classroom, and gained hands-on experience working with the Amazon Conservation Association during a study abroad trip to Peru. These experience as a WFU student solidified her interest in collaborative global solutions, as well as her affinity for working in the tropics.

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