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    LEED Gold Awarded to the Native American Cultural Center

    NAU’s Native American Cultural Center was recently awarded LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED rating system is an internationally recognized program that provides certification for buildings, communities, and homes with exceptional environmental and health performance demonstrated throughout the design, construction, and operational processes. This project was completed in 2011, thanks to allocations from general university funds, and approximately $3 million in donations—including a $2 million donation from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. The building integrated Native American design and sustainability principles provided by input from neighboring Native American tribes throughout the design and construction phases of development. The original concept for the center…

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    Green Fund 2014 Accomplishments!

    2014 was a busy year for Northern Arizona University’s Green Fund! The Green Fund, a campus committee supported by student fees and governed by both student and faculty members, holds the primary vision of creating a culture of sustainability on campus, increasing student engagement, and boosting energy and water efficiency on campus. In the last year, the fund approved projects that led to many groundbreaking university-wide improvements. 2014 accomplishments include: The Centralized Irrigation Project, a $53,626 project that supplements the universities efforts to increase resource efficiency and minimize unnecessary water use. This cutting edge technology monitors soil moisture levels to prevent overwatering. “The purpose is to reduce the water consumption…