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Wake Forest University

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With the publication of the College Sustainability Report Card 2011, more than 1,100 school survey responses from over 300 institutions are now available online. In total, these surveys offer more than 10,000 pages of data collected from colleges and universities during the summer of 2010 . To access surveys from other schools, go to the  surveys section  of the website. To see grades, or to access additional surveys submitted by this school, please click the "Back to Report Card" link at the beginning or end of the survey.

 

School name: Wake Forest University

Date submitted: August 2, 2010



For each question, please choose the response that best represents the activities of your student organization. Some questions have additional instructions below the question. If you cannot find information for a particular question, please leave that question blank.

 

The response to this survey should be only in reference to one student organization. If there are multiple student organizations at a given school, each organization should complete its own survey. Only one survey should be submitted for each student organization at a particular school.

 

1)  Contact Information                                   

 

The following fields designate the main contact person for your group.

Name: Kyle Grochmal

School Name: Wake Forest University

Name of student organization: Student Environmental Action Coalition

Your position or title: Vice President (former)

 

2)  Student Organization

Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role. If you are a member of multiple organizations, you will be able to enter information about their activities on a later page.

Active members attend meetings and help implement the organization’s initiatives. Please describe event or email-listserv attendance under “Additional Comments.”

 

Number of active members:

25

Date of last meeting (mm/dd/yyyy):

April 22, 2010

Frequency of meetings:

Note: if you meet more than once a week, please select weekly.

Biweekly

 

Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2009:

Use the categories below to help describe your group's initiatives in each area. In the "Describe" field, outline actions taken and elaborate on the impact and degree of success. You may want to compose your descriptions in Microsoft Word or a similar program and then paste them into the boxes provided. Please be detailed in your descriptions, and use the "Other" option to describe additional areas of involvement. You can also elaborate or add clarifying comments under "Additional Comments."

 

 

Addressed     

Progress           

Describe

Academics

Examples: Minor, major and concentration programs, curricular additions, research projects

[  ]

Administration

Examples: Procurement policies, institution-wide sustainability policy, advocating for sustainability-related staff positions

[X]

Moderate

SEAC persuaded our university's president to support our Earth Hour event. He sent out a campus-wide email to remind faculty, staff, and students to turn off lights and unplug chargers and to come to our Earth Hour event. We asked him to consider backing a plan for a carbon neutral or a waste-free campus.

Climate

Examples: Climate action plan, greenhouse gas emissions inventory

[X]

Moderate

SEAC had a booth at the Piedmont Environmental Alliance Earth Day Fair which was held on campus. Thousands of members of the Wake Forest and Winston-Salem community attended the fair. SEAC created a photo petition to send to our North Carolina senators urging them to support a clean energy bill. Hundreds students and members of the community were photographed holding various signs expressing their support for the environment and a clean energy bill. The photos were also added to our blog (sustainwfu.blogspot.com) as a slideshow and demonstrated the diverse support in our community for a clean energy future.

Endowment

Examples: Proxy voting guidelines, investment advisory committees

[  ]

Energy

Examples: Conservation/behavioral
change programs, retrofits and
efficiency improvements

[X]

Significant

SEAC chose to emphasize energy conservation this past spring by building on our participation in Earth Hour. While Earth Hour is a symbolic global event to raise awareness about climate change, SEAC members decided to use the hour to also promote energy conservation to students. Our university’s president once again supported the event and SEAC teamed up with Residence Life & Housing to plan an event on our quad, where the president of our student government flipped a giant light switch to our chapel’s spotlights. The theme for the event was, “Unplug, turn off, and turn out,” and around 300 students signed pledges to reduce their energy consumption by unplugging their chargers and turning off unnecessary lighting throughout the year. SEAC purchased solar lighting to illuminate the event, distributed hand-crank flashlights to students, and exchanged students’ incandescent bulbs for CFLs. We promoted the event extensively through a Facebook group, our Twitter account, youtube videos, our student newspaper, the university’s sustainability webpage, and SEAC’s sustainability blog. Our university’s president also sent out an email to all faculty, staff, and students explaining Earth Hour, promoting our energy conservation goals and encouraging everyone to come to our event on the quad. Our Earth Hour event was also covered by local media stations. In addition to planning our event, members of SEAC contacted Winston-Salem’s sustainability committee and encouraged the city to take a larger part in Earth Hour. As a result, many downtown buildings also turned off their lights for the hour. WWF recognized Wake Forest University for our efforts in its national Earth Hour Press release (http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/media/press/2010/WWFPresitem15801.html). In addition to planning Earth Hour, SEAC replaced all the incandescent light in our student-run coffee shop for CFLs to promote energy reduction.

Food

Examples: Advocating for local, organic, or more sustainable food, campus gardening, food purchasing and ingredient guidelines

[X]

Significant

SEAC worked with many other groups on campus to improve the sustainability of our dining services. Through our student government’s dining commission, SEAC members were able to raise our concerns with ARAMARK management. We were able to get local grass-fed hamburgers in our dining hall on a regular basis and beer from a local sustainable brewery in our campus’s restaurant. Moreover, after student suggestions in our dining commission, our dining hall expanded their vegetarian food station. SEAC members also volunteer in our campus garden, Crop (Campus-Raised Organic Produce). Vegetables from the campus garden are donated to Campus Kitchen, which uses cooked but never served food from the campus dining hall to make healthy and nutritious meals for the needy of our community. Lastly, SEAC promoted a classroom initiative that brought a local farmers market to campus for faculty, staff and students.

 

Green Building

Examples: Design or construction policy

[  ]

Grounds and Maintenance

Examples: Green landscaping, non-toxic cleaners

[  ]

Student Involvement

Examples: Facilitating engagement with students, speaker series, establishing EcoReps program, student guide to sustainable living on campus

[X]

Moderate

SEAC promoted student involvement in the sustainability movement by partnering with many other student groups throughout the year. Members of SEAC worked with Student Government, Wake Radio, Campus Grounds, Campus Kitchen, the campus garden, and fraternities on sustainability issues. We also sponsored an event with the Presbyterian group where a local river keeper spoke to students about protecting our streams and rivers. We have improved student involvement by redesigning our student sustainability blog (sustainwfu.blogspot.com) to include more photos and resources. Our blog has received over 4500 unique hits over the past three years, which is equivalent to the size of our undergraduate student body. We also have actively used Facebook and Twitter to promote sustainability events around campus.

Transportation

Examples: Promoting sustainable transportation, campus fleet improvements, connecting students with public transit

[X]

Significant

SEAC worked closely with the Office of Sustainability to promote alternative forms of transportation on campus. SEAC members were some of the earliest users of Zipcars, when the Office of Sustainability brought them to campus in January. Our members also promoted the new car-sharing program by tabling and answer students’ questions. SEAC also worked on promoting biking on and to campus. SEAC members met with the city’s Biking and Pedestrian Coordinator to discuss improving roads which bikers frequently ride on around campus. SEAC also teamed up with Outdoor Pursuits and a local bike shop to offer free bike tune-ups to students. Around 30 students came out on the rainy day to take advantage of this program. Lastly, SEAC created and compiled surveys of students’ biking habits. We hope to use the data in the coming year to improve biking for those who own bicycles and create a bike-share who those who don’t.

Waste Reduction

Examples: Recycling, composting,
reducing consumption

[X]

Moderate

SEAC members distributed recycling bins to new students at the beginning of the school year. SEAC assisted the Office of Sustainability and dining services in implementing a reusable to-go container program. SEAC members tabled to sign up students for the program and answered questions. We also advised on promotions to get students to continue using the reusable containers. In addition to that, SEAC assisted the Office of Sustainability in RecycleMania by distributing information on recycling rules and explaining the program to students.

Water

Examples: Water conservation, reducing campus pollution, bottled water campaigns

[X]

Moderate

SEAC took part in river and stream clean-ups in the Winston-Salem area. We advertised our efforts in the student newspaper and on our blog to raise awareness about river pollution. SEAC also teamed up with the Presbyterian group on campus to bring a local river keeper to campus to discuss his job, river pollution and how to conserve water.

Other

[  ]

 

Additional Comments

 

3)  Sustainability Competitions and Challenges

This information should describe a campus challenge or competition organized by your group to promote sustainability. To add general information about your group, return to the previous questions.

 

First competition

 

Name of competition

RecycleMania

Frequency of competition

Annually

Year initiated

Even if the competition has not been held continually each year, enter the year it began.

2010

Groups involved in coordinating

If your group conducted the competition alone enter your group's name. Otherwise, enter other student groups, administrative offices, or faculty departments that assisted in implementation.

Office of Sustainability

               

Participants:

 

Students

[X]

Faculty

[  ]

Staff

[  ]

Other. Please describe.

 

Incentives/Rewards:

Describe how students, faculty, and/or staff were encouraged to participate in the competition. How were they notified and enticed to join the competition? What was the “prize” or reward for which they were competing?

RecycleMania was advertised through many different avenues including our student newspaper, WFU Sustainability Facebook page, SEAC's sustainability blog, posters, and tabling. Students received free pens made from recycled paper if they took part in our recycling IQ game. Sheets of acceptable recyclables were also distributed. Freshman received bingo cards with certain waste reduction actions they were encouraged to partake it. The dorm with the largest number of completed cards won a prize.

 

Goals of competition:

Describe the sustainability-related goal of the competition (e.g. conserve electricity, water, reduce waste, increase recycling rates).

 

Energy conservation

[  ]

Waste reduction

[X]

Water conservation

[  ]

Other. Please describe

 

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced (describe):

Describe both the raw savings, and the savings as compared to use before the competition. For example, an electricity-saving competition may have encouraged a dorm to conserve 6,000 kW/h of electricity for the month of April, a savings of 5% from the same month last year.

 

Lasting effects of competition:

Describe other impacts and effects. What are observable changes in campus behavior even after the competition’s completion? Have other efforts towards sustainability been given added momentum? Has the competition inspired other campaigns or initiatives?

This year's competition in RecycleMania was a starting point to improve on. However, students became much more knowledgeable about the rules of recycling on our campus. Our administration also became more interested in purchasing new recycling and trash bins that promote and simplify recycling.

 

Website:

http://recyclemania.org/

 

Second competition

 

Name of competition

Frequency of competition

Year initiated

Even if the competition has not been held continually each year, enter the year it began.

Groups involved in coordinating

If your group conducted the competition alone enter your group's name. Otherwise, enter other student groups, administrative offices, or faculty departments that assisted in implementation.

               

Participants:

 

Students

[  ]

Faculty

[  ]

Staff

[  ]

Other. Please describe.

 

Incentives/Rewards:

Describe how students, faculty, and/or staff were encouraged to participate in the competition. How were they notified and enticed to join the competition? What was the “prize” or reward for which they were competing?

 

Goals of competition:

Describe the sustainability-related goal of the competition (e.g. conserve electricity, water, reduce waste, increase recycling rates).

 

Energy conservation

[  ]

Waste reduction

[  ]

Water conservation

[  ]

Other. Please describe

 

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced (describe):

Describe both the raw savings, and the savings as compared to use before the competition. For example, an electricity-saving competition may have encouraged a dorm to conserve 6,000 kW/h of electricity for the month of April, a savings of 5% from the same month last year.

 

Lasting effects of competition:

Describe other impacts and effects. What are observable changes in campus behavior even after the competition’s completion? Have other efforts towards sustainability been given added momentum? Has the competition inspired other campaigns or initiatives?

 

Website:

 

Third competition

 

Name of competition

Frequency of competition

Year initiated

Even if the competition has not been held continually each year, enter the year it began.

Groups involved in coordinating

If your group conducted the competition alone enter your group's name. Otherwise, enter other student groups, administrative offices, or faculty departments that assisted in implementation.

               

Participants:

 

Students

[  ]

Faculty

[  ]

Staff

[  ]

Other. Please describe.

 

Incentives/Rewards:

Describe how students, faculty, and/or staff were encouraged to participate in the competition. How were they notified and enticed to join the competition? What was the “prize” or reward for which they were competing?

 

Goals of competition:

Describe the sustainability-related goal of the competition (e.g. conserve electricity, water, reduce waste, increase recycling rates).

 

Energy conservation

[  ]

Waste reduction

[  ]

Water conservation

[  ]

Other. Please describe

 

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced (describe):

Describe both the raw savings, and the savings as compared to use before the competition. For example, an electricity-saving competition may have encouraged a dorm to conserve 6,000 kW/h of electricity for the month of April, a savings of 5% from the same month last year.

 

Lasting effects of competition:

Describe other impacts and effects. What are observable changes in campus behavior even after the competition’s completion? Have other efforts towards sustainability been given added momentum? Has the competition inspired other campaigns or initiatives?

 

Website:

                               

4)  Sustainability in Student Government and Other Activities

Please describe the role of Student Government and other groups.

 

Does your student government include a specific position or committee dedicated to campus sustainability issues?

No

 

If yes. Please describe below:

Include the following: How many students are active in the committee? How often does it meet? What kinds of power and decision-making ability does it have? What impacts and initiatives has it undertaken? What kind of working relationship does it have with other student groups and the administration?

While our student government does not have a specific committee on sustainability many of its committees encompass sustainability and are used as platforms for sustainable initiatives. These committees include the dining commission and the committee on physical planning.

 

Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:

Describe any activities that your group or yourself, as a leader on campus, have undertaken that are not already included in your survey responses. If applicable, also describe off-campus and community efforts that relate to institutional sustainability at your school.

SEAC has sent members for the past three years to Powershift. Members attended the two national conferences in Washington DC and the regional conference at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

 

 

Please Note: The following is for informational purposes only; your response will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.

 

Please list any regional or national networks with which your group is affiliated (e.g., Energy Action Coalition/Campus Climate Challenge, Sierra Student Coalition, a state PIRG, a state student sustainability coalition):

Student Environmental Action Coalition (national), Energy Action Colation

 

 

 

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