March 2017: Environmental Wellbeing

This month, the Office of Wellbeing celebrates environmental wellbeing month! With Spring upon our campus, there are so many ways to give back to the earth, and reshape your personal environment. Whether that be spending less time with the TV or other screens, a more comfortable sleeping space, or a supportive and safe space that you can thrive in, the environment is a critical factor in managing and improving wellbeing!

As the weather continues to get warmer, we encourage your student to go out and explore Reynolda Gardens or Hearn Plaza and take advantage of the many natural landscapes and equipment, like soccer balls and badminton that are readily available! Students should also take advantage of our new Sutton Center, which is an expansion of the Reynolds Gymnasium, and provides updated space for students to engage in recreational activities. Outdoor Pursuits also provides fun and inexpensive trips that allow students to go camping, kayaking, hiking, skiing, and other activities in the great outdoors! Other opportunities include volunteering and exploring the Campus Gardens as well as Cobblestone Farmer’s Market in Old Salem!

Nature and Wellbeing
Did you know that nature can heal you? Not only is it beautiful, it is also a way of soothing, restoring, and healing your body. This study shows that when people are in nature, their stress is lower and their bodily functions improve. In one study, patients with a view in their hospital room appeared to have fewer negative effects and tolerate pain better than those who did not. Regardless of age or culture, nature has amazing benefits for us. Just one more reason to get out and get active this month! 

March Thrive Activities 

Celebration of the Earth Week: Beauty in the World We Find
March 19th – 25th
The Office of Sustainability and the Office of Wellbeing are partnering to bring the Celebration of the Earth!  – a week long celebration that focuses on learning and cultivating sustainable practices. The Office of Wellbeing will be helping to co-sponsor the Vernal Equinox Festival, as well as the Just Eat It Cooking class!

All the events of the week are as follows:

Monday, March 20
Bike Tune-Ups
12:00 – 3:00 pm | Green space in front of ZSR
The Office of Sustainability has teamed up with Outdoor Pursuits, Ken’s Bike Shop, and the Cycling Club to host a free bicycle tune-up station on campus. Stop by the green lawn in front of the ZSR Library where bike mechanics from Ken’s Bike Shop will pump up your tires, make minor fixes and adjustments, and offer advice on larger repairs that cannot be done on the spot.

Tuesday, March 21
Just Eat It: Waste-Not Cooking Class
4:00 – 6:00 pm | Campus Kitchen Lounge

Don’t toss it– eat it!  Ever wonder whether or not you should eat something after the “best by” date? Learn more about reducing your food waste, while also making a delicious, nutritious meal. Campus Kitchen, Office of Wellebing, and the Office of Sustainability are joining forces for a unique cooking class by cooking with food that might normally go to waste. This class is open to all students, staff, and faculty.

Wednesday, March 22
Campus Sustainability Awards
4:00 pm | Reynolda Hall Green Room

Join us in recognizing the work of those who have enhanced the culture of sustainability within the campus community at the fourth annual Champions of Change: Campus Sustainability Awards ceremony on March 22. Staff, faculty, and students will be awarded for their work in the following categories: resource conservation, academics and engagement, service and social action, leadership, and bright ideas. We look forward to celebrating the work of sustainable change agents across campus.

Thursday, March 23
Leadership Project Rally with Donna Edwards
1:30 pm | Lower Quad

Former Maryland congresswoman and Wake Forest graduate, Donna Edwards has spent the last few months on an RV road trip to state and national parks. Her ultimate goal is to raise awareness of parks in communities of color. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to engage with Congresswoman Edwards and learn more about her political life, community activism, and travels on March 23 during a rally on the Mag Quad. Later that day, Edwards will be speaking as part of the Leadership Project at 6:00 p.m.in Farrell Hall’s Broyhill Auditorium.

Friday, March 24
Campus Beautification Day
3:30 – 5:30 pm | Reynolda Village Trailhead

Celebrate Arbor Day and Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish New Year for Trees, at the Reynolda Village trailhead. The event kicks off with a tree planting ceremony. Following the ceremony, volunteers will pull up their boots and roll down their sleeves to beautify the woods and creek head surrounding the Reynolda Village trail. Afterwards, all participants will enjoy a cookout featuring grass-fed beef burgers (vegetarian options also included). Register to participate and receive an Earth Week t-shirt and a chance to win prizes for group participation.

Monday, March 20 – Friday, March 24
Get Caught Green-Handed

Throughout the week, individuals who are “caught green-handed” making everyday environmentally conscious decisions will receive a sticker or temporary tattoo. Decisions might include riding bikes, using reusable water bottles, coffee mugs, and shopping bags, taking the campus shuttles, eating at Deacon Dining’s new vegan station, or pledging to reduce energy and water use on campus.

Saturday, March 25
Forsyth Creek Week

Saturday, March 25 marks the start of a nine-day celebration of our local waterways. Join in on the fun with Creek Crawls, trail rides, Creek Week trivia, a photography contest and more.

Learn more about Celebration of Earth Week on the Office of Sustainability’s website HERE!