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Faces of Sustainability: John Shenette

Friday, November 7th, 2014

shenette2Strike up a conversation with John Shenette, Associate Vice President for Facilities and Campus Services, and along with that genuine smile and deep Bostonian accent you will find a wealth of knowledge and passion about the role of facilities in higher education. Shenette joined Wake Forest University in March and has been a prominent figure on campus ever since. Facilities and Campus Services plays an important role in our effort to transform the campus, bringing strategic sustainability goals to fruition and providing metrics for continuous improvement.

What attracted you to Wake Forest?

I toured the university in 1997 and was struck by the uniqueness of the campus. However, the more research I did, the more I learned about the quality of education Wake provides and the presence Wake Forest has in the US and internationally. It was also evident to me that at Wake I would have the opportunity to engage with faculty and staff and continue to grow and learn in the profession, both of which were important to me.

Why are you interested in sustainability?

Sustainability in its definition is integral to facilitates. When you’re in facilities, it’s all about being a good steward. If you’re replacing equipment and buildings, everything hinges on the right materials. Awareness and adaptability is important. Technology changes and student lifestyles change and we must embrace that changing mindset. Facilities is no longer viewed as just a “physical plant,” it is now much more broad and engaging. It’s important for facilities to be a financial steward and support the mission and vision of the institution, which includes staying modern and incorporating sustainability.

What are you most looking forward to?

I look forward to embracing the Wake Forest culture and bringing Facilities and Campus Services from the background to the forefront so we’re seen as part of the fabric of the university. We can and should use our physical structures and lands as living, learning laboratories.

Faces of Sustainability is a regular feature on our website. You can read about past Faces of Sustainability here.

Surplus Sale: Faculty & Staff

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

With the help of our great faculty and staff, the Wake Forest University Surplus program is a huge success! From reusing to recycling to repurposing, the WFU Surplus program makes a difference on campus and in the community.

Your WFU ID is required to purchase. Only Cash, Credit/Debit Cards are accepted (no checks).

10 Days Celebration: Thursday, April 26

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Celebrate the energy and water saving success of our South Campus residence halls.

Campus Conservation Nationals award ceremony

South Campus residents showed that small changes can make a big difference during the Campus Conservation Nationals in April.

From March 30 to April 20, the students in the six first-year residence halls (Bostwick, Johnson, Luter, Collins, South, and Babcock) participated in the Campus Conservation Nationals 2012, a nationwide energy and water-use reduction competition among more than 150 colleges and universities around the country.

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Tree relocations save trees from destruction

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Photo courtesy of Jim Mussetter, University Arborist

With the help of some serious equipment, Landscaping Services staff members successfully removed 24 trees from the future site of the business school, Farrell Hall, and transplanted them at three locations: the new Welcome Center, South Hall, and North Campus Apartments.

The various maples, oaks and redbuds that made up the initial transfer group were moved during the dead of winter to promote their chance of survival in their new locations. Trees lie dormant during the cold months, making it easier to transplant them with minimal risk to the root system.

“I don’t know but I don’t believe we’ve ever lost a tree on campus that we’ve transplanted with a large spade,” reported David Davis, Manager of Landscaping Services.

Though the university has relocated trees in the past, the practice had not been common in recent years. University Arborist Jim Mussetter, who has worked in Landscaping Services for 19 years, could recall few instances when trees had been saved from construction sites during his tenure.

According to Mussetter, the decision to relocate the trees, rather than to remove them, was made largely in response to the negative reaction from the Wake Forest community to the removal of many trees from the new admissions center site last fall. The effort to relocate trees is also in keeping with the university’s commitment to tree care that is articulated in the newly adopted Campus Tree Care Plan.

The Campus Tree Care Plan was created by a team of Facilities and Campus Services staff members led by Jim Coffey and Jim Alty, with assistance from two interns in the Office of Sustainability. The plan meets guidelines established by the Arbor Day Foundation. The completion of, and adherence to, this plan is just one crucial step on the way to Tree Campus USA designation, anhonor bestowed on colleges and universities that have demonstrated a commitment to prudent care of their trees, including their protection during construction projects.

In addition to articulating tree care guidelines, the Tree Care Plan also provides the framework for a new Tree Advisory Committee and a commitment to an annual Arbor Day celebration.

By Caitlin Brooks, Communications and Outreach Intern