Archive for November, 2013

AHESC Presentation Proposals Due December 6th

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:

Check back later for details on carpooling to the event. Or email me at

See you there!

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National Sustainability Day Recap

EcorepsNorthern Arizona University celebrated National Sustainability Day on October 23rd by engaging the campus community on several different levels of conservation behaviors on and off campus.

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.

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America Recycles Day

America Recycles DayFlagstaff 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

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Slash the Trash Waste Audit Results

Homecoming Waste AuditThe 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:

13.77% Carboard
41.83% Landfill
11.07% Food Waste
14.10% Recycling
4.33% Pepsi Cups
4.23% Glass
1.63% Bathroom
9.05% Liquid

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.

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