NAU’s summer seminar series features faculty from NAU’s College of Arts and Letters, Franke College of Business and Social and Behavioral Sciences.
You will have a chance to hear from experts and participate in discussions ranging from “Presidents and Poetry” to “Cybercrime.” We are pleased to feature distinguished members of the northern Arizona community alongside our NAU faculty. Technology expert, Jane Ginn, and artist, Tina Mion, bring a new dimension to NAU’s community connection.
The NAU Summer Seminar Series has programming throughout northern Arizona—from La Posada in Winslow, to the Mary D. Fisher Theatre in Sedona, and right here in Flagstaff at the Museum of Northern Arizona and NAU’s own Native American Cultural Center andGardner Auditorium.
For more information visit: nau.edu/summerseries
Northern Arizona University’s Housing and Residence Life’s partnership with Mac-Gray Campus Solutions has resulted in NAU becoming become one of the first colleges in the state of Arizona and in the Southwest to have a carbon neutral laundry program. NAU is one of about 47 colleges and universities in 17 states that are participating in The “Lighten Our Load” initiative which provides for the installation of water and energy efficient laundry machines and a 100% offset of the calculated 787,655 pounds of carbon dioxide annually produced by NAU residents.
Mac-Gray Campus Solutions partners with Carbonfund.org for their offset projects using the guidelines set forth by the November 2008 ACUPCC Voluntary Carbon Offsets Protocol. To ensure compatibility with ACUPCC protocols, only projects that represent absolute and immediate GHG reductions are chosen for funding.
Housing and Residence Life has demonstrated its commitment to sustainability with ongoing facilities upgrades and retrofits and by providing residential programs that include the Eco-House Learning Community and Eco-Rep peer educators. “We have adopted sustainability as a department-wide value and are looking through that lens in everything that Housing and Residence Life does. Implementing a carbon neutral laundry program is yet another innovative strategy for us in our endeavor to make all of our practices more sustainable,” Scott Perelstein, Associate Director for Facilities.
NAU’s Transportation Action Team has put on another successful bike-to-breakfast station!
On May 22nd, the team was on NAU’s spine (near the union) from 6:30-9:00am with delicious food for bicyclists passing by on their way to work. This year the station included a mobile bicycle repair station, courtesy of the Bicycle HUB which was very successful. They also included a bike lock display provided by Campus Police and had opportunities for bicyclists to register their bikes thanks to Parking and Shuttle Services.
This year’s bike-to-breakfast results:
Pass (includes fly-bys and waves): 105
Bike Registration: 11
HUB Repairs: 16
A big thank you to Campus Recreation Services for providing logistical support, tables, and the shelter for the event.
The Transportation Action Team educates and advocates for sustainable transportation alternatives at NAU. For more information or to get involved, contact Derek Hansen.
Catch the buzz this summertime in Flagstaff. Learn how to work with a gentle colony of honeybees in a backyard top restore the health of the amazing honeybee.
Practicing organic, holistic principles, we will explore the relationships between:
* the queen, workers, and drones.
* flowering plants, pollen, nectar, beeswax, and honey.
* eggs, larvae, pupae, and adults.
* humans and the rest of nature.
Each of the four classes in this course will be held on a Saturday at a private
residence in southwest Flagstaff, with local field trips to Mountain Meadow
Permaculture Farm and Flagstaff EcoRanch.
Dates: June 8; July 13; August 17; and September 14
To register or for more information, visit www.honeybeeteacher.com
or call Patrick Pynes at (928) 600-1193
The Student Environmental Caucus- Green Jacks- planned Earth Week again this year for the third year running. Their goal was to include a broader audience and engage students in the question: “What’s your energy? Choose your impact.” They utilized engaging materials such as an “Earth Week” banner and T-shirts that students wrote on, sharing their energy and how they make an impact in their daily lives. All Earth Week supplies were provided by the NAU Green Fund.
2013 Earth Week attracted over 1,220 participants and over 100 volunteers. Events ranged from the ECO fashion show to the Green Fund Symposium.
If you are interested in getting involved next year or want more information on the NAU Green Jacks, contact: Abrahan Garibay, Green Jacks facilitator. Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Earth Week possible!!!
Students Nurturing Alternatives in Landscaping, also known as SNAIL, has made great progress on their garden, located near the green house on south campus.
SNAIL is a student run cooperative garden founded by Allison Baker from the Masters program in Sustainable Communities. SNAIL is connected to FYS program and has open membership to any NAU student, faculty or staff.
SNAIL was given much of it’s resources from NAU Grounds Department. They have also been able to use tons of dirt from NAU composting program, which has helped in providing a healthy soil base for the garden.
In the very short time SNAIL has been running, they have already built 2 hoop houses so they can grow season-round. (See picture below.)
SNAIL aims to “embody alternatives in landscaping” and have created spaces for outdoor classrooms, student art, picnicking, and a living shade area.
SNAIL’s future goals include reaching out to larger NAU community,such as family housing at NAU so they can have a place to grow food over the summer. Additionally, they are working to educate community members and students on the connections between immigration and food issues. Social justice issues are largely behind big industrial agriculture.
If you want to get involved, or for more information, contact Allison Baker at: firstname.lastname@example.org
A monthly program from February through July.
Willow Bend Environmental Education Center sits on land that was once used as a junk yard; our building is energy neutral; and our native landscaping produces habitat for wildlife. Please join us for a series of free presentations by local experts about Willow Bend’s design and building strategy, and how many of these features could be implemented elsewhere. We are a community resource and we invite you to come see for yourself!
February 27 – Designing and Building a Good Home Presented by Ed Dunn, Solar Design & Construction, Inc. Ed built Willow Bend and will talk, generally, about passive solar, comfort, sustainability, building materials, and remodeling.
March 27 – The Fundamentals of Passive Solar Design Presented by Joe Costion, Consultant and Educator on Sustainable Building and Living. Tremendous amounts of energy are used heating and cooling our living and working spaces. Come and learn how the Willow Bend building is heated by the sun. Joe will provide fundamental tools for incorporating passive solar design in new or existing buildings using his solar mantra.
April 18 – Residential Water Harvesting Presented by David McKee, City of Flagstaff Stormwater Management Have you ever thought about how you might catch and use rainwater for irrigation? Come learn about roof catchment systems, as well as other strategies for storing and using water for storing and using rainwater.
May 16 – Solar Photovoltaics: Renewable Energy Presented by Jim Corning of Plug and Play Solar, Inc. The solar panels at Willow Bend meet all of our electric energy needs. Jim Corning installed them and will demonstrate a new strategy – portable solar panels that you can simply plug into an outdoor outlet.
June 5 – Vermicomposting, How and Why Presented by McKenzie Jones, Sustainability Specialist at the City of Flagstaff Come learn how to convert organic waste from your kitchen into nutrient rich soil for gardening using worm composting. We’ll have a demonstration and starter kits available.
July – Native Landscape, Healthy Soils and Gardens Presented by Nigel Sparks, Flagstaff Native Plant and Seed Native gardens help create wildlife habitat, require less water and help reduce the encroachment of invasive species. But they still require maintenance and upkeep. Come learn about how you can implement some of the strategies in use at Willow Bend for your own landscape.
*Register at: www.willowbendcenter.org/public-programs_adult
Or call 928-779-1745
Willow Bend Environmental Center is located at: 703 E. Sawmill Rd. Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Coconino County Sustainable Building Program
Solar Design & Construction, Plug and Play Solar, Flagstaff Native Plant and Seed
“Northern Arizona University’s rating improved to STARS Gold after its second report was submitted in October 2012. Areas of strength in the latest report included the Co-Curricular
Education and Purchasing subcategories:
- The Community-Based Action Research Teams bring first-year students together with graduate students, faculty, and community partners to work on issues of sustainability and community organizing (ER 1)
- Since 2011, a new purchasing policy was adopted requiring that computers be purchased at EPEAT Gold or higher. A new vendor code of conduct was also adopted (OP 10, OP 13).”
Check out Local Alternative’s monthly Supper Club!
The Flagstaff Supper Club; an opportunity to eat fresh, delicious and highly nutritious food w/ tremendous local value. Our ingredients are purveyed from local sources year round. This includes all the organic quality Meats and Produce as well as the Legumes, Dairy and Bakery. We look forward to serving you a special meal and in the enjoyment of it all learning what you would like for your next Supper.
All meals served from 5:30 to 7:00pm at The Green Room – 15 N. Agassiz St, Flagstaff
Next Supper Club Events:
Oct. 11th 2012: Moonrise Farms, Music: Pick n’ Grin 6pm, Live Jazz 6:30pm
Nov. 8th 2012: Flying M Ranch
Dec. 13th 2012: Ridgeview Farms and Summer Place Pecan Farm Flying M Ranch
*To buy tickets, or for more information, please visit: http://www.localalternativeaz.com/supper-club/
Department of Applied Indigenous Studies
SBS West Building (Bldg. 70) – Room 9 (Bottom Level)
Wednesday, October 10th
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Dividing the World for Occupation: Post discovery of the “New World” and Indigenous worldview.
Wednesday, October 10
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Herbs and Medicinal Plants: This lecture will focus on 10 medicinal plants that grow in Flagstaff.
Wednesday, October 17th
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Rilaj Maam – The Mayan God of Love, Health and Wealth: This lecture will focus on a Mayan deity born after the Conquest and his importance for indigenous resistance.
Wednesday, October 24th
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Occupying the “New World”: Old World imposition upon indigenous lands.
Wednesday, November 7th
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
1680 Revolution in the Southwest: Unity of Southwest Pueblos for expulsion of the Spanish Crown.
Wednesday, November 14th
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
The Mayan Calendar: The Long count Calendar and Its Implications for 2012: This lecture will focus on the end of the 52 year cycle of the Mayan Calendar and the prophecies.
Wednesday, November 21st
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Reorientation of the “Universe”: Indigenous worldview, from past into contemporary placement.
Wednesday, November 28th
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Baktun 13 A New Beginning: This lecture will focus on ways to adapt to the changes occurring in the world today.