• 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.   Undergraduate Award: Working with Sodexo, NAU administration and OZZI, Genevieve Conley (at right in photo) led…

  • 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…

  • Sustainable Living

    Sustainable Snow Day

    8 Sustainable Things to Do On a Snow Day   Curl up with a blanket and watch the snow By using blankets instead of turning on your heater, you could a lot of electricity and money. Even heated blankets use less electricity than conventional heaters in your home. So, grab a fuzzy blanket and watch the snow fall. Watch a documentary There are so many amazing documentaries about environmentalism, climate change, and sustainability on Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube. Check out this list here for a list of some top environmental documentaries. Get a hot chocolate at Starbucks using your reusable mug Did you know that the on-campus Starbucks at Northern…

  • Sustainability

    O2GO: NAU Reusable Containers

    NAU students asked and the Green Fund answered: Now presenting the O2GO reusable container program! What is O2GO? As of January 16th, O2GO was implemented on the NAU campus in Union Point. Implementation in Spring 2018 will act as a pilot program to gauge student interest in using reusable containers. You may purchase an O2GO container for a one-time fee of $5 from Star Ginger, Turnip the Greens, Cobrizo’s, G’s NY Style Deli and Denny’s. You can take your meal in the O2GO container wherever you please and, when you are done eating, place it in the OZZI machine in Union. In return, you will receive a gold token that allows you…

  • Sustainability

    Tree thinning project gives NAU forestry students real-world experience

    Forestry students walked away with real-world experience after being tapped to research and create a prescription to help NAU maintain and protect its on-campus ponderosa pine forest while reducing the fire hazard. Last fall, the university put those plans into action. The 17 students, led by professor Kristen Waring, a silviculturist, worked with grounds crews at NAU to determine what they wanted to accomplish with the trees east of the Babbitt Administrative Center and along the Sinclair Wash, where the Flagstaff Urban Trail System runs through campus. They collected data on the understory of the forest, measured the slope and examined the trees before determining which needed to be cut down…

  • Sustainability

    Northern Arizona Pollinator Habitat Initiative Accomplished First Year Goals

    The Northern Arizona Pollinator Habitat Initiative (NAZPHI) began in January, 2017 with big plans for their first year! They defined their mission as promoting the creation, protection, and registration of pollinator habitat across Northern Arizona and set multiple goals to accomplish their vision. Their first goal was to create two more pollinator gardens in the community. They have officially established a garden at NAU’s student-run SNAIL garden, and with help from a APS grant, a garden on APS’s substation on E Pine Knoll Drive. Their second goal for this year is to increase the number of registered pollinator gardens within the greater Flagstaff area by a factor of ten, all…

  • Composting,  Food,  Student Groups and Organizations,  Waste

    (Sustainable) Food for Thought

      Why are trays and trash cans absent in the NAU dining halls? And what is this stunning machine pictured below? Both are indicators of how Dining Services is making leaps and bounds when it comes to sustainability.     How much do we waste? Meal production, from planning to cleanup, can have big impacts on the environment. Estimates put food waste in America at 30-40%. That means ordering a pizza and immediately throwing away two delicious cheesy hot slices. Painful, no? And there’s a resource-rich history behind each of those pizza slices. Energy, water, animal feed, fertilizer, pesticides, transportation – these are all parts of food production. By reducing…

  • Academics,  Accomplishments,  Education,  Energy,  Grant Opportunity,  Green Fund,  Green Fund,  Renewable Energy,  Research,  Sustainability

    Solar Planes & Sustainability

    The NAU Green Fund is an integral part of our campus’s sustainability community. However, it needs student participation in order to thrive! The idea of submitting a project proposal can seem rather daunting, but in reality the Green Fund is here to help out in any way they can! A great example of a past proposal success involves a group of engineering students, solar panels, and the power of flight. In 2016, a group of Engineering majors came to the Green Fund with an idea. Their goal was to create an Ultra-Lightweight Solar Aircraft, controlled by remote and able to fly by only utilizing power from photovoltaic solar panels. The…

  • community,  Environment,  Sustainability,  Sustainable Landscapes

    Landscape Master Plan

    Did you know that NAU has sustainable landscaping tactics to keep our campus green in every sense of the word? I had a chance to talk with Janel Wilcox, one of the people behind the Landscape Master Plan.  She explained the plan to me, with particular focus on how this plan contributes to the culture of sustainability on campus! The goal of the Landscape Master Plan is four-fold; its guiding principles are landscape architectural design, sustainability, winter considerations, and accessibility. These factors each contribute to the overall aesthetic and function of the landscape you see across the NAU campus, including plant life, benches, and the multi-modal pedways.  Tallgrass native meadow…