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Sierra Club’s “Cool Schools” Rating Announces NAU as a National Leader in Sustainability!

Northern Arizona University’s Gold Sustainability Ranking
Gets it Listed on Sierra Club’s Cool School List

Student Sustainability Leaders

In 2015, student sustainability leaders Brandon Vanbibber, Dylan Lenzen and Jessica Lazor helped lead NAU to a huge year of sustainability accomplishments.

Sierra magazine, which is the official publication of the Sierra Club, released its annual “Cool Schools” ranking of the greenest higher education institutions in the nation. After assessing 100’s of schools that participate in an extensive sustainability survey created by the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), NAU ranked 51st in the Nation! The magazine ranks universities based on their commitment to upholding high environmental standards and implementing projects and initiatives that demonstrate this commitment. Innovative research and development, renewable energy installations, educating students in the most advanced thinking on sustainability, and other innovative initiatives and projects gain institutions points and higher positions in the ranking.

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Kind Wine Competition and Tasting

Sunday, November 6, 2016, 3-6pm

1899’s Grand Ballroom on NAU’s Flagstaff campus

NAU is hosting the first and only sustainable packaging wine competition in the world. Wineries are jumping on the bandwagon as the growing trend for premium or even super premium, appellation-specific, vintage dated, boxed wines increase in availability. You be the judge, and vote for your favorite “People’s Choice Award.” The public tasting follows the sustainable packaging wine competition which will have a panel of professional judges as well as student and alumni participants.  

The wine industry is becoming more involved in developing packaging systems that minimize carbon emissions, with recyclable, reusable, and compostable containers. Wines must come in boxes, tetra packs, cans, or kegs to qualify for the competition. Learn how sustainable packaging impacts our environment and how small changes you make will manifest into an enormous difference.  

The millennial factor demonstrates how the largest generation of consumers is influencing today’s packaging landscape. Stella Carr, an NAU student reflects this sentiment precisely, “I’m really excited for our campus to be leading the way by creating a sustainable packaging wine competition. College campuses should be on the frontline of sustainability and education of the public, both of which will be accomplished at this inaugural community wine tasting. Building interest for sustainably packaged wines will help to support this new movement where the industry is already headed. I’m glad I can be a part of something trailblazing like this.”

Tickets are $25 for the general public and $20 for students. You must be 21 to enter. Entry includes tasting of dozens of wines, a commemorative wine glass, appetizers, and there will be local crafts and merchandise at the silent auction.

Proceeds benefit NAU’s Office of Sustainability, dedicated to promoting environmental stewardship on campus and throughout the world.

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