Bill McKibben will be at NAU’s High Country Conference Center on April 22nd (also known as Earth Day!). Tickets are FREE and available at the NAU Central Ticketing Office as well as at the door. However, tickets are going fast so be sure to pick yours up soon! We hope to see you there!
Please join NAU’s Environmental Caucus and Office of Sustainability for their weekly event called Better World Film Series. This series will start on Wednesday March 5 and extend until Wednesday April 23. These movies are free to attend and free refreshments will be provided! See the attached flier for more details. Come watch these films to better understand this planet that we call home. We hope to see you there!
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NAU students faculty and staff receive free subscriptions to Environmental Insights.
As a member of the National Council for Science and the Environment, NAU students, faculty and staff have had free access to a couple of daily new summary services focusing on the environment, Greenwire and E&E News. Due to increasing subscription fees charged to NCSE and to individual university subscribers, NCSE has decided to implement its own daily environmental news summary. This summary will focus on themes of particular interest to academic communities and provide a forum for updates and posting from NCSE member institutions. The start date for this new service is March 1, 2014.
To subscribe to this free environmental news service, go to http://www.multibriefs.com/briefs/ncse/ and click on the subscribe button. It will ask you if you are a member of NCSE. If you have a nau.edu email, you should select yes. If you do not have a nau.edu email address you will be unable to receive this service for free from NCSE.
If you have questions about this change in service, feel free to contact Rod Parnell of the National Council for Science and the Environment/Council of Environmental Deans and Directors at Rod.Parnell@nau.edu.
Do you have dreams of being a clothing designer or working in fashion? Does thrift shopping strike your fancy? If so, apply to be a designer or stylist for the second annual Eco Fashion Show!
Green is the New Black, the Eco Fashion Show sponsored by Housing and Residence Life, will once again kick off NAU’s Earth Week events. One of the things that make this event so special is that the designers and stylists create their runway looks completely out of reused materials. These materials can be anything from repurposed plastic bags to creating head to toe outfits via thrift store shopping. The purpose of the Eco Fashion Show is to help provide people with inspiration to think outside the box for what their wardrobe could look like and to show new and fun ways to keep unnecessary objects out of landfills. It is sure to make you look at clothing in a new way!
Learn more about the guidelines and award categories and submit an application to www.nau.edu/ecofashion by February 13th at 5pm to participate as a designer or stylist. We are looking for both men’s and women’s wear looks. Any member of the NAU community may participate. Prizes will include having the winning designs on display at the Communication School.
More of an armchair fashionista? The fashion show will be on April 21st 2014 at 7pm in the Dubois Center Ballroom. All are welcome and encouraged to attend to help celebrate Earth Week and enjoy the beautiful and creative designs.
April seems far away, go to our Facebook page to see pictures and videos from last year’s show.
Here are a couple of teasers to enjoy!
2013 Best Use of Recycled Materials Winner
NAU’s just renewed its AASHE membership! Make sure you’re utilizing all its resources:
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is an organization of colleges and universities that are working to advance sustainability in higher education.
NAU’s AASHE membership covers everyone on campus! As members, we all have access to AASHE’s online resources and opportunities for networking, information sharing, collaboration, and professional development.
Here are more details about AASHE’s member benefits, services and programs:
Individual Member Accounts
Anyone at our institution can create their own account to access member-only pages on AASHE’s website and receive member discounts. To create an individual account, go to create member account and complete the user profile using your campus email address. After you receive your password by email, go to the login page, enter your email address (username) and new password, and you will have access to all locked resources. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any difficulty with this process.
We can subscribe to any AASHE newsletters. AASHE Bulletin is a weekly e-newsletter with the latest campus sustainability news, resources, opportunities, and events. AASHE Events notifies you about AASHE’s annual conference, workshop, webinars and other AASHE-hosted events. AASHE Announcements contains updates on important organizational news.
AASHE’s online Resource Center includes assessment tools, policy and program databases, best practices, campus profiles, how-to guides, reports, discussion forums, and other resources. Many of these are member-only so you’ll need an individual member account to access them (see above).
AASHE holds or co-sponsors workshops and webinars throughout the year, plus an annual conference that brings together every sector of higher education as well as business, government, and non-profit participants. These events offer opportunities to connect with our colleagues at regional, national, and international levels to share resources. As members we receive discounts on all AASHE events. Check the AASHE calendar for upcoming events. (Also see AASHE Conference Papers & Presentations Database and STARS Webinars Archives.)
Product and Service Discounts
AASHE business and non-profit members offer occasional product and service discounts for AASHE members. To access the list of discount offers, you must have an individual member account (see above).
STARS Registration Discount
As a member, our institution receives a reduced fee for participating in AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), a standardized, self-administered assessment tool for campuses to benchmark their sustainability progress and compare with others.
Publicity and Recognition
We can submit campus sustainability news and job postings to the AASHE Bulletin (be sure to read the submission guidelines first). The Bulletin informs over 11,000 subscribers about campus sustainability news, resources, and opportunities. We can also submit a photo and text for the member spotlight, which highlights efforts at individual campuses and is featured on AASHE’s website.
Our campus can submit applications for any of AASHE’s awards, including the Campus Sustainability Case Study Award, Student Sustainability Leadership Award, and Student Sustainability Research Award.
Sustainability Officers Directory
AASHE maintains an online directory of campus sustainability/environmental officers to enable us to find and reach out to colleagues doing similar work at other institutions. It’s a member-only resource, so you’ll need an individual account to access it (see above).
Anyone with an individual website account can participate in AASHE’s Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums (read the FAQs and Instructions first). The aim of the forums is to provide a central place for sharing ideas and best practices and for finding answers to questions on topics related to sustainability and higher education. It’s a great way to gain knowledge from our peers that will help advance our sustainability work.
AASHE’s “Campus Sustainability Perspectives” blog features opinions and reports by staff and guests related to campus sustainability. You can read the blog, comment on posts, and request to submit your own items as a guest blogger. There is also a chronological archive page and a comprehensive list of blogs that are related to campus sustainability.
AASHE Member Logo
We can post the “AASHE Member” logo on our website to emphasize our commitment to sustainability. The logo may also be used on any signage, reports, brochures, and publicity or display materials. Be sure to read the usage guidelines first.
Governance, Councils, Committees
Anyone from our campus can participate on AASHE’s committees, councils, working groups, and board.
If you have any questions about AASHE or our benefits as a member, email email@example.com. Again, every individual on our campus can take advantage of these membership benefits from AASHE, so be sure to set up an account!
The Green NAU Energy Initiative is looking for five interns for the spring semester! Below are the descriptions for each one.
Utility Dashboard Intern
- Research manufacturers and suppliers of large-scale utility dashboards.
- Research NAU peer institutions implementation and usage of utility dashboard as it applies to programs, education, or research.
- Identify trends and innovation in the usage of utility dashboards.
- Develop recommendations for moving forward with implementation of a campus wide utility dashboard at NAU.
Sustainability Purchasing Intern
- Work with the Office of Sustainability, GNEI, and the NAU contracting and purchasing services to research current NAU purchasing policies and environmental purchasing policies.
- Research market trends in environmentally preferred purchasing policies.
- Research tools, products, and services available to aid in the development of crafting an environmentally preferable purchasing policy.
- Develop recommendations for moving forward with crafting an environmentally preferable purchasing policy for NAU.
Landscape Irrigation Intern
- Work with GNEI and Facility Services Grounds department to assess the current state of landscape irrigation at NAU.
- Identify trends in irrigation systems at universities and larger organizations that improve water efficiency.
- Research landscape irrigation tools, products, and services available in the market for improving water efficiency.
- Develop recommendations for implementation of a centralized landscape irrigation system that best promotes operating efficiency and water efficiency.
- Work with GNEI and the Waste Minimization Team to improve and expand the recycling pilot program campus wide.
- Assess the functioning of the recycling pilot program and recommend improvements.
- Assess needs for recycling and waste on a building-by-building basis across campus.
- Research trends at peer institution regarding outreach and education.
Green NAU Energy Initiative Intern
- Assist the GNEI program coordinators in promoting and managing the Sustainable Behaviors program.
- Engage with faculty/staff energy mentors and Residence Assistants in the Residence Halls.
- Research and investigate strategies for improvements in campus energy efficiency.
- Assist with a variety of tasks relating to the Sustainable Behaviors program.
- Must be an NAU student and able to work at the Flagstaff Mountain Campus.
- Majoring in relevant degrees such as Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Environmental Engineering, Climate Science and Solutions, or similar.
- Interested and motivated to learn and work in sustainability at the university.
- Ability to exercise judgment and initiative.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
How to Apply
To apply, email a resume and cover letter to Avi Henn (Abraham.firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 10, 2014. Please note which internship(s) you are applying for. These internships are for academic credit only.
Have you heard of AASHE? The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education is the premier organization for helping you as a student, faculty, or staff find ways to make your school more sustainable. They hold annual conferences across the country to help individuals share and discuss best practices for incorporating sustainability into higher education.
This year we’re having the first ever regional conference at the University of Arizona March 24-25.
Participate in the Arizona Higher Education Sustainability Conference (AHESC) by submitting a presentation proposal by December 6th (guidelines: http://ahesc.org/program).
Check back later for details on carpooling to the event. Or email me at Ellen.Vaughan@nau.edu
See you there!
Dining Services conducted a waste audit to bring awareness to food waste and national hunger stats, Green NAU Energy Initiatives (GNEI) encouraged water and energy conversation with Strive for 5, 5 minute showers and Be Bold Go Cold, use the cold setting when doing your laundry to save energy. Housing and Resident Life Eco-Reps shared tips on how to have a more sustainable Halloween holiday this year.
Flagstaff and NAU are celebrating America Recycle’s Day by engaging the campus community to reduce, reuse and recycle today and on a daily basis. Students will be in the University Union Point from 11-2:30 with information and games for student to learn how to reduce your impact and win prizes. Come by the tabling in the University Union to sign the America Recycles Day pledge and win.
Also the City of Flagstaff Sustainability Program invites you to join them at area grocery stores to celebrate America Recycles Day and learn about recycling in Flagstaff. Participate in a quick recycling game to receive a free reusable shopping bag and the chance to win $25 in groceries. City staff and volunteers will be at the following locations from 4 – 6 pm: Fry’s (Switzer Canyon), Bashas’ (Woodlands Village), Safeway (Highway 89), and Albertsons (E Route 66).
For more information or to take the pledge to recycle, visit americarecyclesday.org.
The Slash the Trash event at the Skydome on homecoming weekend was a huge success. We had over 20 volunteers come out to sort through waste generated by the Homecoming game and tailgating activities. Here is what we found:
Cardboard: 423 lbs.
Landfill: 1285 lbs.
Food Waste: 340 lbs.
Recycling: 433 lbs.
Pepsi Cups: 133 lbs.
Glass: 133 lbs.
Bathroom: 50 lbs.
Liquid: 278 lbs.
All the waste adds up to 3,072 total pounds! Here are the percentages:
11.07% Food Waste
4.33% Pepsi Cups
In total, we diverted 986 pounds from the landfill into recycling! That’s 32.1%!
All of this information will serve as our baseline for future waste reduction at football games. Check out photos from the event on the Green NAU facebook page.