The Sustainability Leadership Group (SLG) is an opportunity designed specifically for sustainability-minded first-year students to gain leadership experience early on in their Wake Forest careers. The inaugural SLG team was comprised of 29 first-year students from the class of 2023 who served as peer leaders in their respective residence halls.

SLG meets several times each month for brainstorming, planning, and discussion. Throughout the year, members work together, focusing on their individual residence halls, to engage their peers in sustainable behavior change. Educational outreach, coordination with RAs, orchestration of a green dorm room challenge, and many other initiatives are all hallmarks of the program. Typical areas of focus include energy and water conservation, waste reduction, sustainable dining, consumption habits, environmental justice, and participation in sustainability-themed activities and events.

SLG members are selected through an application process that is made available in the summer and is live through early in the fall semester. Incoming first-year students are encouraged to apply for SLG ’24 prior to the start of the academic year.

If you have questions or would like to learn more about the program, please contact Brian Cohen, Program Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability, at, or sophomore Meredith Power, First-Year Leadership Assistant for SLG ’24, at

Apply to Join SLG '24 Today!

All interested first-year students are encouraged to apply, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to those submitted prior to the start of the academic year.

Hear From Members of the SLG ’23 Team

Gretchen Castelloe (’23)

Hometown: Oakboro, North Carolina
First-Year Res Hall: Babcock (the best res hall!)
Major: Environment & Sustainability
Minor: Dance

Hi, I’m Gretchen and I’m so excited you’re coming to Wake (Go Deacs!). Being a part of SLG helped me discover my passion for sustainability and even decide I wanted to make it my major! Taking on a leadership role as a first-year student was awesome, and I can’t wait to see what your class will do! 

Questions? Email me at!

Khushi Arya (‘23)

Hometown: New Delhi, India
First-Year Res Hall: Luter
Major: Communication
Minors: Entrepreneurship & Journalism

Hey, I’m so happy you’re coming to Wake (it’s my favorite place in the world)! As a member of SLG, I was able to use my leadership skills towards something meaningful. I’ve always had a passion for practicing and promoting sustainability and SLG gave me a platform to work with wonderful people who share the same energy and passion as I do. It is truly a unique opportunity that enabled me to be a leader my very first year. I would love for you to join us in making the Forest greener!

As always, Go Deacs! Want to learn more? Email me at!

Jordan Bramley (‘23)

Hometown: Wilmington, North Carolina
First-Year Res Hall: Bostwick
Major: Psychology
Minors: Environmental Studies & Philosophy

The Sustainability Leadership Group provided the perfect opportunity to continue pursuing my interests in environmental protection while also doing the necessary work of educating others of sustainable living on campus. No matter your knowledge or past experience in sustainability, please do not hesitate to apply if you are interested! Welcome to the Forest, can’t wait to see you all this fall! 

Questions? Feel free to email me at!

Meredith Power (‘23)

Hometown: Hillsborough, California
First-Year Res Hall: Luter (the most underrated dorm!)
Major: Communication

Hi, Class of 2024! I’m Meredith and I will be the First Year Leadership Assistant for SLG in the fall. I looooved being a part of the inaugural group this past year and can’t wait to see what SLG ’24 has to offer! I recommend this group to anyone who’s passionate about sustainability and looking for a leadership position early on in their career at Wake. 

Want to learn more? Email me at!

Sam Lowenhar (‘23)

Hometown: Belle Mead, New Jersey
First-Year Res Hall: Babcock
Majors: Biology & Chemistry

Being a member of SLG impacted my Wake Forest experience by giving me another angle to view sustainability and meet new people. Before coming to Wake and joining SLG, I knew very little about sustainability but I was very interested in it. Joining SLG taught me how to help make my whole residence hall more sustainable. Additionally, SLG’s projects helped me become closer with resident advisors and staff in my res hall. 

Happy to tell you more! Email me at

Lydia Evans (‘23)

Hometown: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
First-Year Res Hall: Luter
Major: Anthropology 

Being in the first class of SLG was such a great opportunity to meet other sustainability-minded students and work together on sharing sustainability with the campus community. I am excited to meet you all and I’d be happy to tell you more about SLG! 

Questions? Feel free to email me at!

Christian Lee (‘23)

Hometown: Garner, North Carolina
First-Year Res Hall: Angelou
Major: Chemistry
Major: Mathematics

Being a member of SLG allowed my college experience to be greater and more meaningful than it would have been otherwise. This group allowed me to be part of something that made a difference. SLG enabled me to meet and become friends with people of diverse experiences and backgrounds who shared my passion for sustainability and work with them to try to make a change on campus that students will carry out across the world.

I’d love to hear from you! Email me at

Residence Hall SLG Members
Angelou Hall Owen Bell, Madeline Boyd, Christian Lee
Babcock Hall Karly Bruder, Gretchen Castelloe, Julia Lauterbach, Sam Lowenhar, Josie Luizzi, Kelly Templeton
Bostwick Hall Michaela Barrett, Jordan Bramley, Katie Bullock, Gaby de la Vega, Mac Grosscup, Lainey Markman, Sebastian Pauli, Ben Wilcox
Collins Hall Lucy Owen, Ellie Proffitt, Caroline Zack
Johnson Hall Sanford Miller, Charlotte Ramirez, Malindi Whyte
Luter Hall Khushi Arya, Lydia Evans, Meredith Power
South Hall Amanda Gage, Sarah Kirby, Brian Wong

First-Years Demonstrate Sustainable Leadership

February 3rd, 2020|Comments Off on First-Years Demonstrate Sustainable Leadership

Students in first-year residence halls can participate in a self-assessment of their sustainability efforts. By: Caroline Walker ('22), Graphic Design Assistant for the Office of Sustainability. This article was originally published in the Old Gold & Black. With the issue of climate change increasingly capturing the attention of the public, more and more first-year students arrive on Wake Forest’s campus [...]