Sustainability Archive


USAID awards an additional $2.14 million to WFU rainforest research center

April 23, 2019  |   Faculty, Media Advisory, Recognition, Research, Staff, Sustainability, Teacher-Scholar, Top Stories

Wake Forest University’s Center for Amazonian Scientific Innovation (CINCIA) has received $2.14 million in additional funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), supporting the expansion of the research center’s study of mercury pollution and reforestation in the Peruvian Amazon.

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Five golden rings … and an environmental dilemma

December 18, 2018  |   Faculty, Research, Sustainability, Top Stories

Gold jewelry on your holiday shopping list? Before you buy that special someone a statement piece this season, scientists studying climate change and the fate of the world’s vital rainforests ask you to consider some hidden consequences.


Rainforest destruction from gold mining hits all-time high in Peru

November 8, 2018  |   Faculty, Research, Sustainability, Top Stories

Small-scale gold mining has destroyed more than 170,000 acres of primary rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon in the past five years, according to a new analysis by scientists at Wake Forest University’s Center for Amazonian Scientific Innovation (CINCIA).


WFU awards and recognitions briefs

October 25, 2018  |   Faculty, Recognition, Sustainability, Top Stories

The WFU Awards and Recognitions briefs celebrate milestones of faculty, staff and students at Wake Forest.


Wake Forest receives STARS Gold rating for sustainability achievements

October 18, 2018  |   Sustainability, Top Stories

Wake Forest University has earned a STARS Gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).


WFU to replace Wait Chapel lights with LED fixtures

October 4, 2018  |   Sustainability, Top Stories

Wake Forest University will replace the light fixtures that shine on the University’s iconic Wait Chapel Bell Tower with new energy-efficient LED fixtures that will allow deeper and more vibrant colors for special events and other occasions.

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Floodwaters and Florence: What’s in the water?

September 17, 2018  |   Faculty, Sustainability, Top Stories

Stan Meiburg, former acting deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and now director of graduate programs in sustainability at Wake Forest, can discuss environmental hazards in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

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Expert Available: Trump Administration’s changes to the Clean Power Plan

August 21, 2018  |   Faculty, Sustainability, Top Stories

The Trump Administration is expected to announce a proposed replacement rule for the Clean Power Plan this week. Stan Meiburg, director of Wake Forest University’s graduate programs in sustainability, is available to discuss the expected rollback of regulations and the likely effects of the proposed changes.


Scientists study mercury poisoning in Peruvian forest on pope’s itinerary

January 12, 2018  |   Faculty, Research, Sustainability, Top Stories

Pope Francis’ visit to Peru on Jan. 15-22 takes him to the epicenter of the country’s informal and often illegal gold mining industry – the subject of groundbreaking environmental research by Wake Forest University scientists.


Hidden Inca treasure: Remarkable new tree discovered in the Andes

September 7, 2017  |   Faculty, Research, Student, Sustainability, Top Stories

Hidden in plain sight – that’s how researchers describe their discovery of a new genus of large forest tree commonly found, yet previously scientifically unknown, in the tropical Andes. Researchers from the Smithsonian and Wake Forest University detailed their findings in a study just released the journal PhytoKeys.

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