Archive for April, 2012
Congratulations to the following 2012 Campus Sustainability Awards Winners! Thank you to Dr. Laura Huenneke for presenting the awards, to Scott Perelstein for being the Master of Ceremonies, and to Liz Wiggen and the Environmental Caucus for organizing the event. It was a wonderful evening!
George Koch, Bruce Hungate and Deborah Huntzinger
Bruce Hungate and George Koch lead the effort to build the Professional Science Masters degree in Climate Science and Solutions, and Debbie does an outstanding job now as its Graduate Coordinator.
Residence Life & Dr. Richard Payne
Residence Life has quietly been at the forefront of enhancing the culture of sustainability on the campus for many years. Dr. Payne has the ability and desire to achieve pragmatic solutions to environmental challenges, provide learning opportunities, and model sustainable practices.
Lindsay Wagner is one of the most talented and dedicated employees at Northern Arizona University. For the past 15 years, she has worked her way through school and up the ranks working for the University. Currently Lindsay is the Director of Energy Services and Sustainability in Facility Services.
Student Group Award
The Green Fund
About 2 years ago a group of students went to the President of NAU with an idea. They wanted to institute a “Green Fund” like they had seen at other Universities. Now finishing their 2nd year in operation, the committee has funded many projects and even managed to exhaust the funding prior to the year’s end. The Committee include committee Chair Melody Hartke and committee members Erik Nolan, Candice Giffen, TJ Fisher, Avi Henn, Shayla Woodhouse, Lindsay Wagner (Facilities), Jacob Dolence (Faculty), and Eva Putzova (Administration). The Green Fund Advisor is Bryan McLaren, Coordinator of the Office of Sustainability.
Cori has a rich history of work with Residence Life from Southern Methodist University and is currently working as a Graduate Assistant for Learning Communities at Northern Arizona University in Residence Life. Cori is a Master’s of Sustainable Communities Graduate student and will be graduating spring of next year.
Green Jacks Leadership Award
Shelley Silbert’s contributions to Northern Arizona University focus on environmental and sustainability issues that span almost a decade and infuse every job she held at the University.
Bike Friendly University
Northern Arizona University
Derek Hansen, member of the Transportation Action Team that successfully applied for the Bike Friendly University designation, presents the Bike Friendly University Award to Laura Huenneke who accepts on behalf of Northern Arizona University.
Udall Scholarship Winner
Widely regarded as the nation’s leading scholarship for environmental or sustainability undergraduates, The Morris and Stewart Udall Foundation scholarship is awarded to roughly 10% of over 500 applicants from around the country. This year, an NAU student, for only the second time in the 20 year history of the award, has been selected. Kiersten Wilber, a junior in environmental sciences-biology emphasis joins 67 other environmental scholars from across the US.
Hooper Sustainability Award
Allison Baker – S.N.A.I.L. Garden
To further support sustainability efforts on campus the S.N.A.I.L. (Students Nurturing Alternatives In Landscaping) Garden will convert a lawn on North Campus into a space were students who are passionate about local food systems, gardening, and sustainability can express these interests.
Hooper Sustainability Award
Clint Basham – Greenhouse Gas Inventory for Criollo Latin Kitchen
It is generally accepted by the scientists of the global community that the causes of climate change are directly connected to the activities of human civilization. To help the local owner add to the sustainability practices already at work there, Clint will measure and report the emissions and provide recommendations for increasing efficiency while reducing emissions. He will also develop a general GHG Inventory framework or template and pilot test that protocol at NAU’s 1899 Grill.
Hooper Sustainability Awards
Patrick Pfeifer – Local FARE Municipal-Scale Compost Research
This proposal requests funding to support research on large-scale composting at Northern Arizona University that will result, among other outcomes, in an informed plan for continued implementation of complete and comprehensive composting of food waste on the NAU campus.
In the latest example of Northern Arizona University’s commitment to Sustainability, the Arizona Board of Regents has just approved an $18,000,000 performance contract between Northern Arizona University and the energy services company NORESCO. This contract will allow NAU to save approximately $1,500,000 a year in utility costs and will reduce NAU’s green house gas emissions to below 1990 levels by 2014. The construction will begin in late May and will take approximately 22 months to complete. This contract represents Phase 1 of the campus audit and retrofit with the Phase 2 audit taking place in the Fall.
Lindsay Wagner, the Director of Sustainability and Energy Services for NAU Facility Services says, “This project is the first major step in NAU becoming a carbon neutral campus. This is an opportunity for the university to upgrade lighting and heating and cooling equipment, as well as involving students, faculty and staff in the process which will increase awareness of the campus sustainability efforts and ultimately aid in creating the Culture of Sustainability that we are after. I am very excited to get this project started.”
Some of the highlights of the NORESCO contract include:
- Interior Lighting Upgrades
- Plumbing Fixture Upgrades
- Heating and Cooling Controls Upgrades
- Utility Metering
- Behavioral Change Program
In addition to the infrastructure and building improvements the contract includes a focus on creating a culture of sustainable behavior to further reduce the greenhouse gas emissions. Bryan McLaren, the Coordinator of NAU’s Office of Sustainability says, “The NAU NORESCO project will be the single most significant step that NAU has taken towards our Carbon Neutrality 2020 goal since signing the Association of College and Universities President’s Climate Commitment. I am extremely excited to start moving this project into the implementation phase and advancing our culture of sustainability.”
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