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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

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.

Intern with the Office of Sustainability

April 3rd, 2017

Greeks Go Green
The Greeks Go Green intern will assume leadership of this peer education initiative by holding regular meetings with chapter representatives, recruiting new representatives as needed, organizing monthly presentations and events throughout the semester, and liaising with the Office of Student Engagement. The intern must be an active member of a recognized Greek social or service organization on campus. Excellent collaborative leadership and organizational skills are required.

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 campus garden, and maintain a vibrant and engaging communications plan. The successful candidate will have demonstrated leadership experience in a collaborative team environment.

Summer Campus Garden Manager
The Summer Campus Garden Manager will serve from May through August 2017. Under the direction of Office of Sustainability staff, and with support from professional horticultural staff, this position is responsible for the daily, weekly, and season-long management of a one-acre diversified produce operation. The manager coordinates all aspects of garden production, manages volunteers, facilitates participation by multiple service-related groups, and serves as a public face of the garden to the campus community. Applicants should have experience working in a small-scale agriculture environment and with a variety of age groups. Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively and a passion for garden education. Experience in ecology, community-based agriculture, and/or food justice is preferred. Learn more about the position in the full job description.

Sustainability in Dining
The dining intern will work collaboratively with Deacon Dining staff to promote the sustainability initiatives underway on campus. Reduction of food waste, sourcing local and/or organic ingredients, and emphasizing a plant-forward plate are just a few of the many initiatives advanced through Deacon Dining.

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.

Nominate a Champion of Change

February 11th, 2017

We are seeking nominations for students, faculty, and staff who advance sustainability through:

  • Resource Conservation (energy, water, or waste reduction)
    • Nominations may include projects and efforts that have resulted in energy conservation, water conservation, waste reduction, or a combination of these areas.
  • Academics and Engagement (teaching, research, engaged learning)
    • Nominations may include classes with sustainability-focused learning outcomes, research in sustainability-focused areas, and/or opportunities to learn about sustainability through practical application.
  • Service and Social Action
    • Nominations may include service projects or campaigns that result in social and/or environmental justice outcomes for individuals and the communities served.
  • Bright Ideas (innovative ideas that have been or could be implemented)
    • Nominations may include sustainability-focused projects, efforts, or ideas that are unique and innovative on the Wake Forest campus.
  • Leadership
    • Nominations will include individuals who have empowered others to lead the sustainability transformation.

Nominations will be evaluated based on:

  • The way(s) in which the nominee(s) has/have helped advance one or more of the WFU campus sustainability goals,
  • The level of participation by colleagues within the department or unit, 
  • Measurable impact among constituents across campus or in the community served (students, faculty, staff, and/or community members) and
  • Any additional information or data available to support the nomination.

Self-nominations are accepted. We look forward to hearing about the work of all the inspiring change agents across campus.

Nominations are due by March 3, 2017. The fourth annual Champions of Change award ceremony will be held on March 22 at 4:00 p.m. RSVP here

Five Ways Wake Students Impacted Sustainability in 2016

January 8th, 2017

  1. February 2016 marked the launch of the Wake Forest Re-Cycle Program—the multi-semester undertaking of previous Office of Sustainability intern Alyshah Aziz ‘16. This past fall, Re-Cycle provided more than 80 semester-long bicycle rentals to students across campus. We are working to add more bikes to the fleet to meet an ever-increasing demand. Interested in checking out a bike for spring 2017? Click on “Transportation” under the Initiatives tab on the Office of Sustainability website to fill out an interest form.
  2. On Move-In Day, Office of Sustainability interns distributed over 900 personal recycling totes to first-year students to help them divert waste from local landfills. More than 400 of these bins were cleaned and refurbished from the previous year.
  3. Over 200 members from the Wake Forest Class of 2016 made an enduring commitment to sustainability by signing the Green Graduation Pledge, an opportunity that over 100 other colleges and universities offer their graduates. By signing the Green Grad Pledge, graduates vow to take into account the social and environmental consequences of their future endeavors and to work to improve the sustainability of the communities in which they work, live, and play.
  4. Wake Forest students banded together to reduce their waste at move-out. In 2016, Deacs Donate helped place over 31,000 pounds of clothing and other essentials into the hands of those in need in the Winston-Salem area.
  5. In 2016, Campus Garden interns and volunteers nurtured over 30 different crops, providing Campus Kitchen and the Wake Forest community with local, sustainable produce. Expect the offerings to grow in 2017 with blackberries, blueberries, and concord grapes. Attend open volunteer hours next semester to check out all the garden has to offer.

Are you a student working on sustainability-focused research at Wake Forest? Send us an email at sustainability@wfu.edu so that we can feature you in an upcoming story.