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Wake Forest University plans Sustainability Week

April 16, 2008

As part of Wake Forest University’s first Sustainability Week, April 21 – 25, students will give away painted recycling bins, sell re-usable water bottles, and encourage the campus community to commit to simple lifestyle changes that are more sustainable.

At 11:15 a.m. April 21, Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines will present a proclamation declaring Sustainability Week in Winston-Salem during a kickoff celebration in the Fresh Food Company, Wake Forest’s main dining facility in Reynolda Hall.  Jim Alty, assistant vice president for facilities management, will be the master of ceremonies.

The week’s events, intended for Wake Forest students, faculty and staff, have been organized by students enrolled in “Social Values, Sustainability and Entrepreneurship,” a class taught by Dilip Kondepudi, Thurman D. Kitchin Professor of Chemistry, and Herman Rapaport, Reynolds Professor of English.

The students have worked with ARAMARK, Wake Forest’s food service provider, and with the university’s Facilities Management staff to organize the week’s activities.

To raise awareness for sustainability, ARAMARK will begin using “to-go” materials made from biodegradable materials in place of Styrofoam.  Executive Chef Anthony Jones will feature a special menu April 22.  An ARAMARK nutritionist, Kate Ruley, will hold 20-minute informational sessions on sustainable products and healthy eating on campus at 10:30 a.m. April 23 and 4:15 p.m. April 24.  The informational sessions are open to the campus community.  ARAMARK employees will wear green ribbons to show support for sustainable development and environmental initiatives.

During the week, computers will be set up at the entrances to the Fresh Food Company, where students can fill out surveys about the importance of sustainable practices on campus.  Students can fill out pledge cards, committing to simple lifestyle changes that are more sustainable.  The completed cards will be placed on a bulletin board in the dining hall.

Facilities Management will display electric golf carts that could replace the gas-powered ones currently used on campus.   “Green” cleaning supplies used on campus will also be on display.

Volunteer art majors have painted the university’s standard blue recycling bins with eco-friendly paints for students to pick up.  Students can also choose to custom paint their own from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. April 22 (Earth Day) and 1 – 3 p.m. April 23.

Thirty-two ounce bottles with a “Drink Sustainably” logo will be on sale on Manchester Plaza from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. each day.   Proceeds will go to benefit Campus Kitchen, a food recycling program that uses cooked but never served food from the campus dining hall to make healthy and nutritious meals for the needy in the community.

For a more detailed schedule and additional information, visit

Press Contacts:

Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
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