“We need Joy as we need air. We need Love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share.”

Maya Angelou

The mission of the Environment and Sustainability Studies (ENV) Program is to prepare students to create just and sustainable futures. By leveraging the experiential learning of liberal arts education and coupling it with our vibrant professional schools, we teach students how to think across disciplinary boundaries to address environmental challenges and to act within their communities for environmental justice. We ready students to be bold and ethical leaders who respond to environmental issues using socio-environmental synthesis for evidence-based, creative, and principled action.

Upcoming Events

Check out upcoming program-related events at Wake Forest below.


  • Velásquez Runk published in Forest History Today
    Dr. Julie Velásquez Runk, Director, Professor & Weigl Fellow of Environment and Sustainability Studies, has published “Rosewood: Centuries of Global Exploitation” in Forest History Today.
  • Climate Risk Mapping
    by Ella Gay (’24). I was initially drawn to this internship because of the environmental research aspect that it seemed to offer. As a biology major interested in research and an environmental studies minor looking to explore the effects of climate change, it seemed like a perfect fit. I feel like my three years of […]
  • Bioregionalism addresses climate change, environmental justice, colonialism, and globalization.
    By Luis M. Bou (’25). Thanks to my summer fellowship, I was able to research this summer in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico about bioregionalism and how it addresses the struggles and crises that humanity is living right now in the midst of climate change. I was able to navigate the ideas of re-learning, live-in-place, re-inhabitation, and […]
  • Bat work in the Peruvian Amazon
    By Matthew Kline (’24). This past summer, I spent over seven weeks at a research station in the Peruvian Amazon gaining hands-on research experience.  Most of my work was with bats, but I was also able to assist the bird, herp, caiman, and mammal teams with their research.  I learned how to set up and […]
  • Environmental conservation work with Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida
    by Hunter Szewczyk (’24). I was an intern for Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida doing environmental conservation work. I worked with the Sea Turtle Research and Conservation Program, where I was on the morning beach patrol that tags, verifies, and excavates sea turtle nests on the beach. We responded to calls from volunteers that […]