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Home Energy Conservation Workshop

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Bring a brown bag lunch and join us for a discussion on home energy conservation with Laura Langham, Program Manager for E-Conservation with the NC Cooperative Extension. Laura will provide information on energy-efficient strategies that will: • Reduce utility costs • Improve the health and comfort of your home • Lessen your overall impact on the environment • Receive a free energy kit with a CFL light bulb and low-flow showerhead Find out more information about the E-Conservation program at this link: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/home-assessment-and-retrofit-program/.

Earth Day Fair

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

The celebration will begin in the Reynolda Hall Green Room at 4:30pm with the inaugural Champions of Change awards ceremony. Immediately following the awards program, the fair will kick-off at 5:00pm on Manchester Plaza (a.k.a. the Mag Quad).

Join us any time between 5:00 and 8:00pm for live music, entertainment, food, and activities.

Case Study: Wake the Library

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

library toolkitIf you are a Wake Forest University student or a member of the alumni body, you may be familiar with the “Wake the Library” program hosted at midnight in ZSR throughout the week of finals every semester. You may be less familiar, however, with the work of ZSR Green Team captains Mary Scanlon and Peter Romanov, as well as Mary Beth Locke and other ZSR Sustainability Committee members, to make the event sustainable.

Their collective efforts are featured in the newly published resource “Focus on Educating for Sustainability: Toolkit for Academic Libraries.” In the chapter Teaching by Doing, the leaders discuss their commitment to decrease the amount of waste produced at the event. Check it out for yourself.

Green Team Gets Ergonomics Lesson

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
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Laughter abounded at last month’s Green Team Quarterly meeting, as Bridget Marrs playfully briefed the Green Team captains on the dos and don’ts of workplace ergonomics.  The Green Team, a network of staff and faculty who advocate for the integration of sustainability into their departments’ daily operations, listened closely to Marrs, the Occupational Health, Safety, and Training Coordinator from Wake Forest Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), and made note of information they could bring back to their own offices.

Ergonomics is an applied science that focuses on finding optimal fit between workers and their work environments.  An ergonomically sound work environment operates to minimize work-related injuries.  According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), or ergonomic injuries, account for 33% of all illness and injury cases that result in missed days of work, making ergonomic considerations critical for the financial sustainability of any institution.

In her presentation, Marrs emphasized that ergonomic improvements were possible on any budget and creating an ergonomically sound workplace was often a matter of creatively rearranging what someone already has in place.  For those who wanted to see ergonomic work space options in person, Marrs informed the Green Team of the EHS ergonomics lab, located at 2430 A, Reynolda Rd.  The lab, opened on April 16th of this year, is set up for visitors to “test drive” different systems.

After the presentation, fourteen Green Team members scheduled personal ergonomics assessments. These assessments, also conducted by Marrs, are free to all Wake Forest staff members.  If you would like to schedule a visit to the ergonomics lab or a personal ergonomics assessment, contact Bridget Marrs at marrsbs@wfu.edu.

 By Annabel Lang, Wake Forest Fellow for the Office of Sustainability

Green Team network connects university

Friday, October 7th, 2011

We’ve got great news!

The Green Team Network has grown to include nearly half of all university offices and departments since the February 2011 launch. Thirty eight departments and offices belong to the network and are working to implement sustainable practices across campus.

We want to give a big shout out to all of our wonderful Green Team Captains and their departments. You are the foundation for positive change. Thank you for all that you do!

Andrew Britt, Undergraduate Admissions

Kyle Bryner, Anthropology

Abby Houser, Athletics

Debbie Lafferty, Benson University Center

Nancy Fauser, Biology

Amanda Fleming, Budget and Financial Planning

Shelley Graves-Sizemore, Campus Life

Sharon Fortner, Campus Police

Barbara Macri, Campus Police

T.J. Peele, Campus Recreation

Mark Henley, Campus Recreation

Linda Tuttle, Chemistry

Dayna Rohrer, Communications and External Relations

Kathryn Drinkuth, Divinity School

Susan Robinson, Divinity School

Adam Friedman, Education

Paul Bogard, English

Steve Fisenne, Facilities and Campus Services

Megan Anderson, Facilities and Campus Services

Peter Nachand, Facilities and Campus Services

Terri LeGrand, Financial Aid

James Ross, Health and Exercise Science

Simone Caron, History

Rebecca Boyd, Information Systems

Adam Shick, Institutional Research

Hillary Lambert, Learning Assistance Center

Sarah Mason, Mathematics

Joanna Porter, Music

Louis Goldstein, Music

Lauren Beam, Personal and Career Development

Kendall Hack, Provost’s Office

Eric Stone, Psychology

Jeannette Rork, Registrar

Sheila Lockhart, Religion

Theresa Earl, Residence Life and Housing

David Bare, Reynolda Gardens

Diane Collins, Student Health Services

Teresa Jackson, Student Health Services

Charlene Watkins, Office of Student Life

Tiffany White, Sustainability Office

Deborah Snyder, Teaching and Learning Center

Carol Lavis, Theatre and Dance

Laura Hemrick, University Compliance Office

Jenny Bush, Wake Forest Properties

Peter Romanov, ZSR Library

Mary Scanlon, ZSR Library

Don’t see your department listed? Talk to your supervisor about starting a Green Team in your office or department and contact the Office of Sustainability for more information.

Staff and Faculty take the lead with Green Team Network

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

The public launch of the Green Team Network this month will present university faculty and staff with the opportunity to lead their respective divisions, departments, and units in developing more sustainable behaviors. Through the program, volunteer captains will gain the tools needed to engage their peers, and to promote sustainable behaviors, in ways that are culturally appropriate to their departments. The Green Team Network is aligned with the Office of Sustainability’s mission in that it supports faculty and staff members in assuming leadership for sustainability.

The Green Team was developed as a pilot through the combined efforts of a group of ten staff members, who served as team captains for their offices or departments, and Office of Sustainability staff. Through meetings, on-line communication, and researching similar programs at other universities, the captains and interns worked to create a framework that provides guidance, but is adaptable to a variety of settings.

A key feature of the program is the development of and support for Green Team captains in each office or department across campus. Once a unit chooses to participate, leaders within the department designate one or more captains (depending on the size of the department) to lead their sustainability efforts. No previous experience is necessary to become a Green Team captain. Training sessions are provided through the Professional Development Center and quarterly orientation meetings are hosted by the Office of Sustainability to educate the captains and allow them to share emerging best practices with one another.

The Office of Sustainability provides support through the development of monthly campaign themes.  Each campaign theme will focus on one particular area of sustainable practices. Emerging topics of interest to the group include energy reduction, waste reduction, recycling, and purchasing strategies. Campaigns will provide dynamic resources that Green Team captains can apply in ways that they feel will most effectively support their departments.

Ultimately, the goal for the Green Team Network is to provide guidance and support in several areas of sustainability to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of workplace settings on campus. Currently, the pilot team and the Office of Sustainability are developing a meaningful method of recognizing those departments that become active members. The group will also plan an annual award program to recognize the most creative and effective efforts across campus.

Contact the Office of Sustainability at sustainability@wfu.edu to schedule a presentation for your next department meeting or to learn more about the program and membership.

By Josh DeWitt and Katherine Sinacore, Green Team Interns