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Sustainability at Wake Forest

Student-Athlete Sustainability Network

Student-Athlete Sustainability Network

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.

Art Speaks a Universal Language

December 9th, 2016

To date, the Laikipian have produced the “Hunt Me Not” comic book series, the “Mending Fences” comic book series, the “Let’s Go Wild” coloring book, several environmental posters, and even a conservation board game that will be complete in early 2017.

Materials disseminated by the Laikipian serve as teaching aids in schools, community groups, and for the general public. Some of the posters have even been used as models for wall murals painted on school walls and town centers. To date, the posters alone have reached over 6,000 students in over 50 schools and in 18 communities. As more of the group’s materials are placed online, the reach continues to broaden to outside audiences.

“The Laikipian is a movement that’s close to my heart, I discovered the group at a time when both of us were trying to find outlets in creating conservation content and awareness in Kenya and beyond,” Luka said.

To Luka, art is a universal language that can be harnessed to build an informed network of young sustainability champions who will ultimately play a pivotal role in reversing current trends of environmental degradation in Kenya.

“Blending In,” an independent documentary, is Luka’s favorite project to date—it is also the project that introduced Luka to the Laikipian team. She describes it as a labor of love and a project of passion.

The story focuses on how communities living along Kenya’s Tana Delta region are using local solutions to mitigate climate change. In this region, the communities of farmers, fishermen, and pastoralists have a history of conflict due to depleting resources of land and water.

Serving as co-executive producer, co-producer, director, and voiceover artist, Luka and a five person crew took first place in both the Inaugural Mohammed Amin Media Awards (MAAMAS 2015) and runners up the Africa Climate Change and Environmental Awards (ACCER 2014).

“Going to communities that live miles from each other and who do not know the term climate change as we know it was a humbling experience,” Luka said.

Luka’s experience with “Blending In” eventually landed her a spot in the Wake Forest Documentary Film program.

“My daily prayer is God please give me the strength to fulfill my passion. Hold my hand through this journey as I seek to mentor others by being a compelling African storyteller.”

Examples of Luka’s work with the Laikipian are shown below. For updates, follow the Laikipian on Twitter (@TheLaikipian) and on Facebook (The Laikipian).


The Make Your Choice poster is one of many produced by the Laikipian team. Each poster reflects simplified concepts on how anthropogenic activities can drive deterioration in our environment. On the other hand, each poster also visualizes interventions that are environmentally friendly and would result in a sustainable coexistence between humans and the environment.


Mending Fences was a commissioned comic book series highlighting the human-wildlife conflict in Laikipia, Kenya. Ultimately, the comic book brings to light the underlying issues between humans and elephants and seeks to encourage individuals to be accountable for their action.

Congratulations Class of 2016 Interns

May 27th, 2016
Alyshah was recognized for her Sustainability Leadership at the annual Champions of Change awards ceremony.

Alyshah was recognized for her Sustainability Leadership at the annual Champions of Change awards ceremony.

Alyshah Aziz graduated Cum Laude with a major in Politics & International Affairs and a minor in Middle East & South Asian Studies. Alyshah served as an Alternative Transportation Intern for six consecutive semesters. She is working as a Business Analyst within Deloitte’s Federal Human Capital Consulting division.

Alyshah’s reflection on the internship: My internship with the Office of Sustainability helped me strengthen my skills in research, writing, marketing, and creativity. My time in the office and my friendships with Dedee, Hannah, Annabel, initiative co-sponsors, and interns are invaluable to me. My biggest takeaway that I will always carry with me is to think critically of what I read, hear, and see. The weekly intern meetings taught me to listen to what I hear and/or see and then investigate. My internship has lead me to view the world and all the activities of humankind from a holistic perspective. 

Graduates Commit to Living Green

May 26th, 2016
Graduating Sustainability Interns Stewart Rickert and Alyshah Aziz host the sixth annual Green Grad pledge.

Graduating Sustainability Interns Stewart Rickert and Alyshah Aziz host the sixth annual Green Grad pledge.

Over 200 WFU graduates 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.  The mugs are printed with Wake Forest’s Green Graduation pledge: I pledge to take into account the social and environmental consequences of any future endeavors and to work to improve the sustainability of the communities in which I work, live and play.

This is the sixth year that Wake Forest graduates have participated in the nationwide pledge movement.

Graduates who missed the initial opportunity to commit can come by the Office of Sustainability during our Homecoming reception in the fall to sign the pledge and/or grab a reusable mug.

Class of ’16 invited to sign Green Grad Pledge

April 27th, 2016

IMG_3794Members of the class of 2016 are invited to sign the Green Graduation Pledge on Friday, May 13 at graduation ticket pick-up outside the University Book Store. Students who sign the pledge are committing to “take into account the social and environmental consequences of any future endeavors and to work to improve the sustainability of the communities in which [they] work, live and play.”

This is the university’s sixth year offering the Green Graduation Pledge to students. The tradition began 30 years ago at Humboldt State University. Today, more than 100 schools participate in the nationwide pledge drive, facilitated by the Graduation Pledge Alliance.