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CEES partners with Pilot Mountain State Park officials for prescribed burn

CEES partners with Pilot Mountain State Park officials for prescribed burn

On Wednesday, February 1, the Wake Forest Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (CEES) and the Biology Department aided Pilot Mountain State Park (PMSP) officials in a 130-acre prescribed burn as a part of an ongoing partnership to support protected areas. Prescribed burns use low-intensity fire to achieve forest-management objectives in ecosystems that evolved with…

Read more February 4, 2017
WFU names former EPA official to lead graduate programs in sustainability

WFU names former EPA official to lead graduate programs in sustainability

Wake Forest University has appointed alumnus and former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official Stan Meiburg (’75) as director of graduate programs in sustainability. Meiburg served as Acting Deputy Administrator for the EPA from 2014 to 2017, capping a 39-year career with the agency. He is known for leading efforts to protect the nation’s air and…

Read more February 2, 2017
A look back by the Director of Graduate Programs in Sustainability, Daniel Fogel

A look back by the Director of Graduate Programs in Sustainability, Daniel Fogel

  I am very proud of what my colleagues have accomplished over the last few years in establishing the Sustainability Graduate Program at Wake Forest University. Throughout the years, we have stayed true to our mission of educating the next generation of leaders in sustainability and enhancing their opportunities to work where they can be…

Read more February 2, 2017
Writing Resistance: Sustainable Spiritualities in the Anthropocene with Terry Tempest Williams

Writing Resistance: Sustainable Spiritualities in the Anthropocene with Terry Tempest Williams

From February 6-9, Terry Tempest Williams will visit Wake Forest University. Williams is a well-known writer, naturalist, and advocate for wild places. Throughout her life, Williams has published books of numerous genres, including poetry, nonfiction, documentary, essay collections, as well as children’s books. On top of this, Williams was a Guggenheim Fellow, and has won a…

Read more January 7, 2017
CEES to host Environmental Policy under the Trump Administration Event

CEES to host Environmental Policy under the Trump Administration Event

Starting in January 2017, Republicans will control the White House and both branches of Congress, which suggests a vastly different outlook for the United States on issues related to the environment, climate change, and energy. The Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability has gathered environmental, political, and academic experts to speak on how U.S. environmental…

Read more December 8, 2016
Wake Forest journalism professor covers his third consecutive UN Climate Summit

Wake Forest journalism professor covers his third consecutive UN Climate Summit

Wake Forest University Professor Justin Catanoso attended the United Nations conference on climate change in Marrakesh, Morocco, with the goal of continuing news coverage of climate change, with a particular focus on its impact on tropical forests. Catanoso is a journalism professor, a veteran journalist supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and a…

Read more November 18, 2016
Trump vows Paris Agreement pull out; world unites behind green economy

Trump vows Paris Agreement pull out; world unites behind green economy

by Justin Catanoso Climate delegates and NGOs meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco, responded to threats this week by Donald Trump to quickly renege on the US commitment to uphold the Paris Climate Agreement. While the US under Pres. Obama led the way to the accord, COP22 summit attendees say that China is now likely to fill…

Read more November 17, 2016
CEES Awards 2016 Fall Mini Grant

CEES Awards 2016 Fall Mini Grant

The Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability has awarded five mini grants to recipients dedicated to providing new research and scholarly activities at Wake Forest University. The CEES Research Committee, chaired by Robert Erhardt, assistant professor of statistics, selected grant recipients based on the proposed project’s merit, and its dedication to the mission of building…

Read more November 17, 2016
Morocco plants millions of trees along roads to fight climate change

Morocco plants millions of trees along roads to fight climate change

by Justin Catanoso Through the program, which is headed by Morocco’s Highway Authority, more than three million trees have been planted with another 800,000 in the works by 2017. The country’s Department of Agriculture is partnering in the project, which conservationists say paints a stark contrast to many other countries where similar departments pose obstacles…

Read more November 17, 2016
Forest advocates say zero-carbon goals too reliant on unrealistic tech

Forest advocates say zero-carbon goals too reliant on unrealistic tech

by Justin Catanoso To reduce their carbon footprints, some international energy companies are promoting bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS). However, critics say BECCS techniques are land-intensive and that carbon capture is costly and largely unproven. They urge more attention be paid to phasing out fossil fuels instead of uncertain carbon capture technology. Industry reps…

Read more November 16, 2016