• 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

    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…