• Sustainability

    Praxis Plastics

    As cities such as Flagstaff struggle to keep plastics out of the landfill, second-year Sustainable Communities graduate student Tyler Linner has been diving in with a recycling final project. But instead of looking for ways to get more waste into the blue bin, he is building a DIY recycling workshop in his garage. Until recently a large portion of the world’s plastic waste was shipped to China for recycling. Since 1992, 45% of global plastic waste was exported there until the Chinese government grew tired of dirty recycling imports, effectively banning almost all plastic recycling imports in January 2018’s National Sword Policy. This threw most global recycling markets out of…

  • Sustainability

    How NAU students and faculty can help implement the Flagstaff Climate Action and Adaptation Plan

    The Flagstaff Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (the Plan) was approved via resolution by City Council on November 20, 2018. The Plan has been over a year in the making and was developed through a collaborative process among City staff, community partners, and Flagstaff residents. Now the work really begins to make the Plan happen, which will require action and support from the entire Flagstaff community, including NAU. This document outlines the multiple ways NAU students and faculty can help implement the Plan. We encourage students and faculty to turn applicable implementation actions into class projects for the spring 2019 semester and beyond! This document is organized by Plan section,…

  • City of Flagstaff,  Food

    Can Flagstaff Go Straw-Free?

    NAU is officially plastic straw-free! Flagstaff is on its way, too! As of the start of the Fall 2018 semester, Norther Arizona University has eliminated plastic straws across campus. Any blended drinks purchased at campus dining facilities are served with compostable straws. Compostable straws are given upon request, rather than automatically with every drink order. Currently, NAU Campus Dining is in the process of changing the drink lids across campus for easier “sipping” with a peel-back tab. Want to do more? Go lid-less! Beyond Campus Straw Free Flag is a collaborative campaign between Green NAU, The Azulita Project, The City of Flagstaff, and other community partners. The ultimate goal of…

  • Sustainability

    Glass-only recycling growing NAU’s sustainability efforts

      From NAU News August, 22, 2018   NAU is looking to bring the green this year! Five glass-only recycling bins have been added to campus for access by all students, faculty and staff. The bins are placed near the campus bookstore, Health and Learning Center, Applied Research and Development building, W. A. Franke College of Business and the South Village. “NAU is known for strong place-based connections, from our vast ponderosa pine forests to our unique location on the Colorado Plateau,” environmental caucus manager Amanda Kapp said. “It is important to make a connection between this beautiful landscape and our everyday actions such as recycling.” NAU is no stranger to recycling. Through efforts such as…

  • Sustainability

    NAU Dining Eliminates Plastic Straws!

      Arizona Daily Sun Katie Devereaux Sep 7, 2018   For the last 10 years, Northern Arizona University has made advancements in the way of sustainability, and its most recent effort is the removal of plastic straws from Campus Dining beverage stations. Following the national trend to reduce the use of plastic straws, NAU will now offer 100 percent compostable straws made of cornstarch to patrons upon request only, said Casey Fisher, NAU Campus Dining’s director of strategic planning and marketing. “For the most part, people are pretty accepting of it,” she said of the removal of plastic straws. “And honestly, there’s been enough media attention to the straw-less issue…

  • Sustainability

    Axe the Trash a Success!

      Thank you to the 70+ folks who came out to the first annual Axe the Trash! campus cleanup. We learned about Flagstaff recycling, tidied up our beautiful campus and the headed to the President’s BBQ for a well-deserved lunch in the sunshine. A great day for sure.        

  • Bicycle HUB,  Parking and Shuttle Services,  Transportation

    Flagstaff’s New Bike Share

    Northern Arizona University in conjunction with the City of Flagstaff, Arizona launched a new bicycle share program. The city saw a need for a bike program as vehicles produce the majority of greenhouse gas emissions in Flagstaff. By creating a bike share program, car traffic and pollution could significantly be reduced. City officials placed 300 bikes around the city and on the college campus. The six-month bike share program launched last month through a company called Spin. The city did not pay for the program or any problems with the bikes. Instead, Spin allows cities to test the bike share program for free and even pays for any accidents, malfunctions,…

  • Sustainability

    2018 Sustainable Leadership Awards

    So often, much of the work related to sustainability is made up of very very passionate and dedicated volunteers, but all too frequently, we don’t recognize that hard work and commitment as often as we should. That’s why the NAU Environmental Caucus is excited to celebrate the notable effort of so many campus and community members who worked to make NAU and Flagstaff more sustainable this year. Congratulations to all of our nominees and winners of the Sustainable Leadership Awards. Below is a brief glimpse of the work accomplished by our 2018 first place winners.   EC Founder Award: Laura Huenneke’s scientific expertise and experience, personal commitment to the environment and…

  • Sustainable Spring Break
    Sustainability

    8 Tips on Having a Sustainable Spring Break

    Spring break is finally here and being more sustainable during the break isn’t as hard as it seems! Here are 8 tips on enjoying your spring break in a sustainable way:   Be a sustainable tourist: If you are traveling, buy locally sourced food for a more sustainable meal and support local business. Keep an eye out for local markets and don’t forget to bring a reusable bag. Supporting local business while you are traveling can help the economy and sustainability!   Plan ahead: Wherever you are going, a great option is bringing your own lunch and drinks in a reusable container. Doing this will help save you money and is more…

  • Climate Science & Solutions students
    Academics,  City of Flagstaff

    Climate Science and Solutions students Help Set the Stage for Flagstaff’s First Climate Action and Adaptation Plan

      One evening this past December, people settled into bar stools at the Flagstaff Orpheum, drinks in hand, familiar faces talking across tables. The lights dimmed. Graduate students from NAU’s Climate Science and Solutions program (CSS) were about to tackle the question: What will be the impact of climate change on four sectors: natural resources, business and economics, city services and infrastructure, and people. An hour later the students had delivered an ambitious amount of information. They translated research findings from climate scientists, making the data relevant for the Flagstaff audience. They discussed different possible climate trajectories and what each could mean for the Flagstaff region. Aside from the charts and…