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Sustainability at Wake Forest

Student-Athlete Sustainability Network

Student-Athlete Sustainability Network

The Student-Athlete Sustainability Network was developed in Fall 2016. Its purpose is to empower student-athletes to assume leadership roles in reducing energy consumption, waste, and water use within their respective athletic teams and the athletics department as a whole. Each varsity team is permitted to name one to three representatives who are proven leaders with an interest in environmental issues.

Representatives focus on both structural changes—quick fixes that can reduce their teams’ impacts on the environment—and behavioral changes. Some projects taken on by student-athletes include transitioning from disposable cups to reusable water bottles at practices, improving access to recycling containers, reducing the amount of water used to maintain playing surfaces, and educating peers on proper thermostat management in the locker rooms.

If you are a Wake Forest student-athlete and would like to get involved, please email cohenbj@wfu.edu.

Current SASN Representatives:

 

Team Representative
Baseball Chris Schafer
Basketball, Men’s Trent VanHorn
Cross Country, Men’s Peter Millsaps
Cross Country, Women’s Sarah Fahmy, Gabby Merritt, Jenna Truedson
Field Hockey Jessy Silfer, Jess Pianko
Football Chris Pearcey, Kyle Kearns, Chris Stewart
Golf, Women’s Anna Wears
Tennis, Men’s & Women’s Sean Hill
Track & Field, Men’s Peter Millsaps
Track & Field, Women’s Sarah Fahmy, Emma Sexton, Jenna Truedson

Join the Office of Sustainability’s Intern Team

March 29th, 2018

Please note: successful candidates may be required to return to campus early at the end of the summer to attend orientation sessions on August 20 and 21.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for two professional references to sustainability@wfu.edu. Applications are due Sunday, April 15 by 11:59 pm. In your cover letter, please include the following:

  • the position for which you are applying;
  • relevant work and/or volunteer experience;
  • relevant coursework;
  • a brief description of why you want to pursue the position;
  • skills you would bring to the internship or assistantship; and
  • what you hope to gain from the experience.

Internships

Interns will be part of the OoS Intern Team and are required to attend weekly team meetings.

Campus Garden
The team of Campus Garden Interns collaborates with expert garden mentors, as well as faculty, staff, student, and community volunteers, to manage the Campus Garden on Polo Road. Managing this outdoor learning space for sustainable agriculture includes, but is not limited to, developing and maintaining rotation and cover cropping plans, starting and transplanting seasonally appropriate crops, watering, mulching, and composting food/yard waste. Interns coordinate volunteer hours and engage volunteers in conversations about the differences between conventional and sustainable agriculture. In addition, interns explore service learning possibilities with interested faculty, organize major events in the garden, and maintain a vibrant and engaging communications plan. The successful candidate will have demonstrated leadership experience in a collaborative team environment.

Re-Cycle Bike Share Liaison
The Re-Cycle Bike Share Intern serves as a liaison between the Office of Sustainability and Outdoor Pursuits. Primary responsibilities include marketing the program, applying for funding to continue the expansion of the fleet; updating the website with all relevant safety, branding, and calendar updates; working with Ken’s Bike Shop for maintenance throughout the year, especially around semester changes; teaming with Outdoor Pursuits to create and keep program content up-to-date.

Waste Reduction Intern
The Waste Reduction Intern will work to create and implement various initiatives that reduce the amount of waste generated on campus. These initiatives may include, but are not necessarily limited to, waste audits; development of zero-landfill events plans; residence hall waste reduction; move-in and move-out waste reduction and diversion; and related behavior change campaign development.

Propose a Unique Internship
Have a great idea for a sustainability-focused internship that’s not listed? Submit a unique internship proposal. We are always looking for new, innovative ways for students to generate sustainability-focused solutions on campus. Your proposal should include an articulation of the need for the proposed project and the landscape of issues surrounding the project.

 

Assistantships

Content Development Assistant
The Content Development Assistant will work with the Communication and Event Coordinator to develop content for the campus sustainability website and social media outlets.

Event Assistant
The Event Assistant will work directly with the Office of Sustainability’s event coordinator and with a group of campus stakeholders in planning, supporting, and executing sustainability events and programs. Major duties will include assisting in social media marketing both before and during events, aiding in onsite event logistics, and leading a small group of volunteers during events. Experience with live-streaming events is preferred.

Waste Reduction & Recycling Assistant
The Waste Reduction & Recycling Assistant will be tasked with monitoring, assessing, and facilitating various waste diversion initiatives. Responsibilities may include assisting with management and organization of the Compost Crew, conducting inventories of recycling and waste receptacles and their placement on campus, assessing levels of contamination, and identifying areas that require intervention.

Sustainability Champions Recognized at Fifth Campus Sustainability Awards

March 28th, 2018

Dr. Jill Crainshaw was awarded the Teaching, Research, and Engagement Award for her course, “Sacraments and Ordinances: History, Theology and Practice.” Her course takes a place-based educational approach to exploring liturgical and sacramental rituals like baptism and the breaking of bread. Through this course, Jill trains ministers and theologians to attend to the local needs of communities they will soon be leading. Additionally, Jill weaves sustainability concepts into her course by taking students to meet local bakers, farmers, and vintners and to explore local waterways, where they can connect place and contemplate all aspects of environmental stewardship.

This year’s Resource Conservation Award went to Josh Suzuki, Assistant Director of Operations for the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. As the Green Team for Wake Forest Athletics, Josh implemented a composting program for BB&T Field and LJVM Coliseum. As a result of this program, and through a pre-existing partnership with Gallins Family Farm, 3.2 tons of food waste from the Coliseum and Deacon Tower were diverted from landfills in 2017.

The Service and Social Action Award went to Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Alan Brown, Demon Deacon defensive end Wendell Dunn, and Bailey Allman, a Wake Forest alumna and teacher at Paisley Middle School. This award honors the inspired collaboration between these three leaders who initiated a sports literacy program at Paisley. As a result of the program, many students who were once struggling academically have found success in the classroom and can now imagine their roles as future leaders in their communities.

This year, the Office of Sustainability recognized three individuals who merged their talents to launch one very “Bright Idea.” John Shenette, AVP for Facilities and Campus Services, Dr. Jed Macosko, Associate Professor of Physics, and GIS specialist Dr. Becky Dickson are currently working together to make the campus a living laboratory for sustainability studies and practice. Their project was sparked by Physics Chair Dany Shapiro, who requested that the university administration find ways to reduce light pollution on campus. Always looking to engage students, John Shenette reached out to the Office of Sustainability to explore possibilities for a classroom-based design solution. Before long, students in this semester’s “Physics and Chemistry of the Environment” course were busy working on Operation Night Light, a project measuring light pollution with tools provided by Facilities & Campus Services. Becky Dickson, whose GIS students are mapping campus energy data this semester, will map light pollution in the fall as the group pursues new lighting standards.

Anna Marie Carr received this year’s Leadership Award for her unprecedented efforts to reduce waste across HR Office operations and events. Examples of her efforts include the HR Staff Rewards & Recognition luncheon, where she worked to create a nearly waste-free event attended by over 250 people. Anna Marie worked with Aramark to ensure the use of compostable cups, plates, and serviceware, collaborated with the Office of Sustainability and Facilities to secure compost bins and Compost Crew volunteers, and purchased reusable centerpieces. For the same event, Anna Marie worked with JL Bolt to craft awards from old Reynolds Gym flooring. This innovative event-planning model has since been deployed across HR events, including Workday Pop-Up labs, Leadership Summits, and Talent Forums.

Lastly, Champion of Change Awards, which recognize individuals who have made an impact on campus sustainability, were presented to Hilary Floyd, Michelle Ford, Tim Vandermeersch, Jordan Mullens, and T Taylor.

As the Green Team captain for the School of Divinity, Hilary Floyd supports colleagues and graduate students in implementing sustainability practices. She has helped the school switch to 100% post-consumer recycled content copy paper and transition to online applications. In addition, “Commonplace,” the Divinity student sustainability-focused organization that Hilary supports, collects food waste for composting at the school’s twice-weekly lunches.

As the new Green Team captain for Biology, Michelle Ford hit the ground running. In her short time in this position, she has fully committed to waste reduction, incorporating food waste collection at two departmental events and leading the department in making the switch to 100% post-consumer recycled content copy paper. She inspires others by applying a sustainability lens to all of her decisions.

Tim Vandermeersch is the Resident District Manager for Aramark at Wake Forest and a member of the Deacon Dining Green Team. Tim’s spirit of innovation and willingness to explore new ideas has led to dramatic increases in both sustainability and customer satisfaction in dining. In residential dining, over 30% of the food Aramark procures is now from sustainable production sources.

Jordan Mullens has been a true leader as the Greeks Go Green representative for Delta Zeta sorority. She has implemented an organic waste collection program for composting on the DZ halls to divert waste from landfills and raise awareness of the issue of food waste. This past fall, along with her sorority’s Vice President of Philanthropy, Kimi Morris, Jordan helped organize Pink Goes Green, a series of events and activities on campus aimed at increasing recycling rates among peers. Activities included campus outreach and a recycling competition at a football tailgate.

T Taylor fully embodies her leadership role as the Graduate Hall Director for Kitchin Residence Hall. This past fall, a pilot campaign on energy and water conservation was launched in Kitchin Hall. T made the program a priority among her staff and engaged her RAs in the planning process, empowering them to assert their own leadership and be an integral part of the solution.

Congratulations to all of our Champions of Change for their work to make Wake Forest an even more sustainable place to live, work, study, and play.

The 2018 Champions of Change. Photo by Sean Yan.

 


Previous Champion of Change Winners Include:

Academics and Engagement

  • 2014: Lynn Book, Angela Kocze, and Wanda Balzano for Women, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainability
  • 2015: Ron Von Burg for Humanity and Nature and Coasts and Climate Change (Belize)
  • 2016: Sarah Mason for FYS “Counting on Sustainable Energy: Does it Add Up?”; Vanessa Zboreak Sustainability Law and Policy courses
  • 2017: Amanda Lanier for Environmental Education at Reynolda Gardens and Preston Stockton Reynolda Meadow Project
  • 2018: Jill Crainshaw

Resource Conservation

  • 2014: Resident Life & Housing for Radical Energy, Water, and Waste Reduction and Financial Services Paperless Processes
  • 2015: Office of the Registrar for the Paperless PIN project; Surplus Property Program for Radical Waste Diversion
  • 2016: Office of Research & Sponsored Programs for Paperless Processes; Jessica Wallace and John Wise for Zero Landfill Program at North Dining
  • 2017: Facilities & Campus Services and Residence Life & Housing for Upper Quad Residence Hall Renovations
  • 2018: Josh Suzuki

Service and Social Action

  • 2014: Shelley Sizemore for Food Justice
  • 2015: Steve Boyd for Religion and Public Engagement
  • 2016: Justin Catanoso for Climate Change Reporting; Marianne Magjuka for NC Power Dialog
  • 2017: Dr. Angela King for Enno Farms – Model of Sustainable Practices
  • 2018: Alan Brown, Wendell Dunn, Bailey Allman

Bright Idea

  • 2014: Abby McNeal for the UgMo Wireless Soil Sensor System at Spry Soccer Field
  • 2015: JL Bolt and Frank Shelton for Repurposing Discarded Wood (“Saw-stainability”)
  • 2016: Lee Collette and Eric Stottlemyer for Contemplative Approaches to Global Sustainability (Alaska); David Link for Honeybee Program at WFU Campus Garden
  • 2017: Lesli Tuttle for Electronic Tax Form Adoption; Steven Fisenne for Chemical Inventory System; Customer and Custodial Services for Dry Floor Stripping
  • 2018: John Shenette, Jed Macosko, and Becky Dickson

Leadership

  • 2016: Alyshah Aziz  for Re-Cycle Bike Sharing; Dan Rossow  for Sustainable Event Planning at Reynolda House
  • 2017: Sebastian Irby for Interdisciplinary Major in Sustainability Studies
  • 2018: Anna Marie Carr

Champions of Change

  • 2014: Green Team Captains Peter Romanov (ZSR Library), Darlene Starnes (Office of Multicultural Affairs), and Carol Lavis (Department of Theater and Dance) for innovation in leadership
  • 2015: Green Team Captains Kate Ruley (Aramark) and Barbara Macri (Human Resources)
  • 2016: John Noble (Waste reduction at The Bridge), Tanisha Ramachandran (Social justice – Department for the Study of Religions), Natascha Romeo and Sharon Woodard (Intersections of health and sustainability in HES courses), Preston Stockton and John Kiger (Mentorship in the Campus Garden), Janine Tillett (All-star volunteer in the Campus Garden), and Gail Bretan (Inclusive programming – Tu B’Shevat)
  • 2017: Sarah Fahmy (Student-Athlete Sustainability Network)

 

Save by Savoring with Simran Sethi

January 23rd, 2018

Simran Sethi, a fellow at the Institute for Food and Development Policy and author of the award-winning book, Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love, will share insights on how the cocoa industry can, and should, be a driver for social and environmental change. The event will include a guided tasting of four distinct cocoa origins as a means of helping chocolate lovers better understand craft chocolate and make decisions that will support a more sustainable chocolate industry. Registration is capped at 50 individuals, please reserve your spot here.

Parking and Transportation Now Transportation and Parking Services

November 8th, 2017

“In the past year, we have increased our fleet of shuttles from six vehicles to eleven,” says Bryant. In doing so, the department hopes to generate more effective and reliable transport to WFU satellite locations and Winston-Salem hotspots. Bryant also notes that the means of tracking shuttles has been updated for convenience and efficiency. “We are proud to have added the Transloc GPS system, which provides users with real-time access to bus routes and schedules.”

In terms of traveling beyond the vicinity of Winston-Salem, Transportation and Parking Services has partnered with the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) to increase the accessibility of carpooling and vanpooling options. Using the ride-matching service ShareTheRideNC, the Wake Forest population has access to a network of over 30 different companies and universities from which they can safely find a carpool partner(s).

Bryant shares that there are more exciting updates to come. “We are looking to add airport shuttle services to the mix by spring 2018, among other future services. All of our new changes and improvements are not only intended to give the Wake community more options for getting where they need to go, but also to increase our commitment to sustainability.”

The offerings complement university-wide programs that support alternatives to SOV or single-occupancy-vehicle travel (one driver in one car). Zipcar offers car sharing to those who choose not to bring vehicles onto campus but who still need access to a vehicle for unique trips. Additionally, the bike sharing program, Re-Cycle, offers a two-wheeled option by the hour or by the semester.

“Although some individuals would like to drive every inch of their routes and park at the front door of their destinations, this isn’t a realistic expectation in a changing world,” adds Dedee DeLongpré Johnston, the university’s chief sustainability officer. “Our students will graduate and enter a world of changing transportation infrastructure. For those who live and work in metropolitan areas, alternatives to SOV travel are the norm.”

To discover more about the department’s alternative transportation solutions, as well as transportation-related offerings, like electric vehicle charging stations, visit their website.

Call for Spring 2018 Interns

November 3rd, 2017

Please note: successful candidates may be required to return from winter break one day early to attend an orientation session.

To apply, please fill out this form. Applications are due by Friday, November 17.


INTERNSHIPS

Interns will be part of the OoS Intern Team and are required to attend weekly team meetings.

Public Art Intern
The public art intern will work collaboratively with the Office of Sustainability, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and other campus partners to create a public art experience with a focus on environmental justice. The art experience will take place during the Office of Sustainability’s Earth Week celebration, March 19-23, 2018. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, curating the work of WFU and community artists, determining the experience, preparing the exhibition or other artistic outcome, planning an opening reception, and aiding in promotion. The intern will work closely with the Office of Sustainability’s event coordinator and a group of student volunteers.

Sustainability in Dining Intern
The sustainability in dining intern will work collaboratively with Deacon Dining management and the Office of Sustainability on a variety of topics, including communicating current sustainable dining initiatives, planning events to educate and raise awareness, promoting plant-forward dining by communicating its environmental and health benefits, and engaging in initiatives to reduce waste from dining facilities. The intern will also work with the newly-formed Plant-Forward Dining Committee and Campus Nutritionist Brooke Orr. This internship reports directly to the WFU Department of Hospitality and Auxiliary Services.

Waste Reduction Intern
The waste reduction intern will work to create and implement various initiatives that reduce the amount of waste generated on campus. These initiatives may include, but are not necessarily limited to, consultation with students, faculty, and staff who plan events; residence hall waste reduction; move-in and move-out waste reduction and diversion; and both general and targeted outreach. The intern will also work with the newly-formed Compost Crew to expand the on-campus collection of food waste for composting.

Propose a Unique Internship
Have a great idea for a sustainability-focused internship that’s not listed? Submit a unique internship proposal. We are always looking for new, innovative ways for students to generate sustainability-focused solutions on campus. Your proposal should include an articulation of the need for the proposed project and the landscape of issues surrounding the project.

Meet our current interns on our staff page.


ASSISTANTSHIPS

Event Assistant
The event assistant will work directly with the Office of Sustainability’s event coordinator and with a group of campus stakeholders in planning, supporting, and executing sustainability events and programs. Major duties will include assisting in social media marketing both before and during events, aiding in onsite event logistics, and leading a small group of volunteers during events. Experience with live-streaming events is preferred.

Recycling Assistant
The recycling assistant will be tasked with monitoring and assessing existing waste diversion infrastructure. Responsibilities include conducting inventories of recycling and waste receptacles and their placement on campus, assessing levels of contamination, and identifying areas that require intervention. Much of the work will be observational, but communication with stakeholders will also be required.

Hacks for an Eco-Friendly Move

July 25th, 2017

  1. Pack clothes, shoes, and sheets in re-usable plastic crates or even pillow cases.
  2. Wrap picture frames and other breakables in T-shirts, or towels. Sandwich larger items like framed posters between pillows, blankets or comforters.
  3. Pack school supplies in re-usable file crates with handles. The crates will come in handy for organizing schoolwork throughout the semester.
  4. Contact roommates before packing to avoid unnecessary duplicates like area rugs, tool kits, televisions or toaster ovens.
  5. Put toiletries in sturdy-handled shower baskets and re-usable zip-top bags, all of which can fit neatly into a laundry basket.
  6. Recycle any boxes you do bring on move-in day, especially new product cartons and packaging, by taking them to a designated collection site. Most campuses recycle cardboard, and some collect Styrofoam packaging.
  7. Remember to pack enough re-usable water bottles for everyone helping with the move. Move-in day is usually among the hottest of the year.

Congratulations 2017 Sustainability Intern Graduates

May 16th, 2017

Eric Gorzeman, a Business and Enterprise Management major and Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise minor, will be joining the Vanguard Group in Charlotte following graduation. During his time with the Office of Sustainability, Eric served as the Carbon Footprint Energy intern (2015-2016) and the Re-Cycle Bike-share Program intern (2016-2017).

Eric’s reflection on the internship: By interning at the Office of Sustainability, I have gained project management, leadership, and communication skills. This internship experience has also inspired me to eventually work in the green energy industry, in a business capacity. In addition to my personal and professional growth, I met different friends that I may not have met otherwise, and had a great time working with the Wake Forest staff and community as a whole.

Julie Kanter has been involved with the Office of Sustainability since 2015, serving as the Earth Day Fair Coordination intern, the Arbor Day Events intern, and the Event Analysis intern. Julie graduated cum laude with degrees in Economics and Spanish. Julie’s involvement with campus events—from beginning to end—has been essential. Julie will be moving to Chicago following graduation, where she will join Fifth Third Bank’s Credit Leadership Program.

Julie’s reflection on the internship: Interning with the Office of Sustainability has provided me with the invaluable opportunity to grow my intellectual curiosity and professional skills while interacting with a supportive and motivational team of colleagues. The Office has supported, challenged, taught, and guided me over the last three years and I am so thankful for that. I know the skills and relationships I have fostered through the Office will always be present in my personal and professional life and I am anxious to see all the success that comes to my fellow interns.

Akua Maat, a magna cum laude graduate who majored in both Latin and Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies, has been a Campus Garden intern since her sophomore year at Wake Forest. Akua’s strong commitment to the nourishment and growth of the Campus Garden will yield results well into the future. She will work with CityYear next year as a mentor in a Philadelphia public school and eventually plans to pursue a PhD in sociology and a career as a college professor.

Akua’s reflection on the internship: Interning with the Office of Sustainability and working so closely with the garden has opened me up to a world I couldn’t have anticipated my freshman year. I’ve learned an extraordinary amount about myself and the world around me. After three years as an intern and a soon-to-be-graduate, what I have gained and appreciated the most is the capacity I now have to implement sustainable practices in my life beyond Wake Forest.

Emily McMullen, a biology and chemistry double major and an environmental studies minor, graduated magna cum laude and with honors.  This year, Emily served as an Energy intern working with Facilities & Campus Services to draft an energy plan for the University. After graduation, Emily will be teaching high school science at Geneva Classical Academy in Lakeland, Florida. She plans to pursue a PhD in marine molecular ecology.

Emily’s reflection on the internship: My time as an intern with Facilities and Campus Services and the Office of Sustainability has provided me with an incredible professional skill set which will serve me well in all my future endeavors. The high level of expectations have allowed me to strengthen my communication and technical skills, and appropriately plan for long term projects and goals. The friendships I have developed with the other interns have been invaluable additions to my college experience- I am very thankful for the opportunity I have had to work with many of them this past year.

We also want to congratulate our former interns who graduated with the Class of 2017:

Ann Nguyen, Photography intern (Fall 2014 – Spring 2015) and Freelance Photographer (Fall 2016 – Spring 2017). Ann graduated cum laude and with honors in Studio Art.

Kristen Cortese, Office of Energy Management intern (Fall 2014, Spring 2015).

The entire Sustainability staff wishes all 2017 graduates the best in the next chapter of their lives and careers.

Over 200 Graduates Commit to Living Green

May 14th, 2017

The creation of the Green Graduation Pledge allows future alumni to carry on Wake Forest’s legacy of sustainability and civic responsibility throughout their careers and lives.

All signatories received a reusable travel mug printed with the pledge to reinforce sustainable habits. This is the seventh year that Wake Forest graduates have participated in this nationwide pledge movement.

Make the Pledge to be a Green Grad

April 28th, 2017

Volunteers will be at the graduation ticket pick-up table outside of the University Bookstore from 9:00-5:00 on Friday, May 12 to assist seniors in signing the pledge. As a reminder of their commitment, signees will be awarded a reusable travel mug, while supplies last.

This is Wake Forest’s seventh year offering the Green Graduation Pledge to students. The tradition began over 30 years ago at Humboldt State University. Today, the pledge has been offered at over 100 colleges and universities throughout the world facilitated by the Graduation Pledge Alliance.  

Attend the March for Science in Raleigh

April 11th, 2017

The itinerary* posted by the march organizers can be found below.

7:00 a.m.          WFU bus departs from the flagpole outside of the Benson Center
9:00 a.m.          Arrive at Shaw University in downtown Raleigh
9:30 a.m.          Begin lining up for the march
10:00 a.m.        March for Science begins
12:00 p.m.        March for Science concludes at Moore Square
12:00 p.m.        Rally and Science Fair begin
2:00 p.m.          March for Science activities conclude
2:15 p.m.           WFU bus departs from Moore Square
4:30 p.m.          Bus arrives back at Wake Forest University*

Each rider will pay a flat fee of $15 for transportation. By signing up, you will reserve your seat on the bus and also commit to paying the $15 fee (note that cash and check are the preferred methods of payment; make checks out to Wake Forest University).

Seats are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Click here to reserve your seat.

Additional information and the full itinerary for the Raleigh March for Science can be found at raleighmarchforscience.org. Email cohenbj@wfu.edu with any questions.

* Itinerary times are subject to change.