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    “A Call to Life: Variations on a Theme of Extinction”: Unique Pianist/Philosopher NAU Earth Day Performance Calls for Action on Extinction

    Words alone cannot express the urgency of saving the planet’s great diversity of plants and animals from extinction, philosopher/writer Kathleen Dean Moore and concert pianist Rachel McCabe believe. So they have turned to music, joining forces to create a dual performance, “A Call to Life: Variations on a Theme of Extinction.” For the project, Moore weaves a call to safeguard Earth’s abundance into McCabe’s performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Variations on a Theme of Corelli.” The synergy of words and music creates what an audience member called “as powerful a message as one could imagine.”  “It is at once devastating and inspiring, despairing and hopeful,” wrote ocean conservationist Mark Hixon, who…

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    Reflecting on our Accomplishments: Green NAU 2015-2016 Academic Year

    Green NAU becomes stronger each day, consistently reaching the lengths of campus and into the community of Flagstaff with our Culture of Sustainability. The collaboration between faculty, staff, students, and administration has been phenomenal and we have made great progress that will step us closer to our sustainable goals. It is with the support of our student body that we are able to make such tremendous strides towards campus wide sustainability.  Green NAU   During the academic year of 2015-2016, Green NAU was very busy! They assisted in reaching a solar agreement that will put solar panels on top of the San Francisco Parking Garage. In a joint effort with everyone, Green NAU is…

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    Sustainability Leadership Awards 2016

    Each year the Environmental Caucus (EC) hosts the Sustainability Leadership Awards. These awards are presented to students, faculty, and staff who have been nominated by their peers for going above and beyond in enhancing our Culture of Sustainability at NAU or in the community. This year the Environmental Caucus received over 30 nominations covering their six different categories. The award ceremony began with a presentation from Dr. Rita Cheng, the President of NAU, and continued with award presentations from Jennus Burton, NAU’s VP of Finance and Dr. Jim Coleman, NAU’s Provost. Preceding the main event the Caucus held presentations from Green Fund Project Managers, which included John Morris, NAU’s AVP of Facility…

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    Green Fund is Calling All Applicants!

    The Green Fund is looking for student applications, both undergraduate and graduate in all majors, for the 2016-2017 academic year to fill the positions of Treasurer, Secretary, and Vice Chair. Make a difference on campus by joining the committee and voting on how the campus Green Fee is utilized! The Green Fund is committed to helping students get involved with sustainability at NAU and beyond. This year’s committee has funded numerous impact-producing projects, including implementing tablets into Facility Services operations and funding a sustainable citizen program. All projects funded in 2015 can be found here. Additionally, the Green Fund is extensively involved in Earth Week planning and is in the…

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    Green Fund Moves Up Application Deadline!

    In 2015, the NAU Green Fund allocated half its budget ($100,000 for 10 years) to get a large solar array on the San Francisco parking garage. Operating with half their budget, the Fund is coming close to allocating all of its funds for this academic year. To ensure all proposals are given equal opportunity for funding, the Green Fund is requesting that all applicants submit their proposals one month earlier than originally planned. The new deadline for proposal submission is March 15th, 2016. Applications will be accepted after this date on a rolling bases and will be granted funding within the context of available resources. Please see the Green Fund website to find…

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    Career Development and Environmental Caucus Preparing for Careers With Impact

      The third annual Careers With Impact event will occur on Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 and Career Development and the Environmental Caucus have been hard at work preparing for this year’s event. Here at NAU, we see sustainability as an interdisciplinary challenge that extends beyond the key environmental issues of our age, such as climate change, and into the realm of social and economic justice. Careers With Impact is meant to help students connect to careers in sustainability. Many students know what kinds of impacts they want to make, but they don’t know how to go about finding work that will allow them to do so after graduation. Some students…

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    President’s Cabinet Requests Reusable Water Bottles, Green NAU Delivers

      On Monday, November 30th, reusable water bottles were hand delivered to the President’s Cabinet by Caitlyn Burford (Chair, Environmental Caucus), Brandon VanBibber (Student: Co-chair of Green Jacks), and Jessica Lazor (Student: Chair of Green Fund). The President’s office made an inquiry to the Environmental Caucus about a donation of reusable water bottles for the Babbitt Admin conference room, specifically for the President’s Cabinet, which is comprised of about 45 people. By gaining reusable water bottles, they could eliminate all plastic water bottles from their conference room. The Environmental Caucus purchased these bottles from a local producer in Arizona who produces the bottles right here in the US. As the…

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    A Year in Review: Green NAU 2014-2015

    In the past year, the Environmental Caucus (EC) has continued to grow and demonstrate phenomenal teamwork between students, faculty, staff, and administration. Not only has the EC itself done exceedingly well, but also the Action Teams associated with the EC have continuously moved barriers and pushed Northern Arizona University closer to carbon neutrality. Most importantly of all, the Student Environmental Caucus, the Green Jacks, has exceeded all expectations and has grown to become one of the most powerful student groups on campus. Green NAU Green NAU received two Americorp positions which were funded by the Caucus. These seats were filled by two incredibly hardworking individuals, Rachelle Berry and Alex Gaynor.…

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    Congratulations Sustainability 2015 Award Winners!

    The purpose of the campus sustainability awards is to recognize those who have enhanced the culture of sustainability on the NAU campus and surrounding community. For the Environmental Caucus, sustainability means increasing the health of our community and our planet through actions to enhance the stability, resilience, and diversity of our intertwined natural, social, economic, and cultural systems. Congratulations to our 2015 Sustainability Award winners! Special thanks to Dr. Laura Huenneke for presenting the awards, to Scott Perelstein for being the Master of Ceremonies, and to Kristina Aksenova and the Environmental Caucus for organizing the event. Hooper Sustainability Award Kristina Aksenova – Graduate Kristina is a student in the Sustainable Communities Masters Program. She…

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    The Green NAU Energy Initiative is Hiring a Student Worker

    The Green NAU Energy Initiative is hiring a student worker to be an outreach assistant! Please see the job description below for more information on the position and on how to apply. Green NAU Energy Initiative Outreach Assistant About the Green NAU Energy Initiative The Green NAU Energy Initiative (GNEI) began in 2013 as a campus wide effort to encourage students, faculty, and staff to reduce the amount of energy and water they use in order to reduce the university’s environmental impact and save costs. In addition to this initial program GNEI also works on other campus sustainability issues such as recycling and waste issues, energy efficiency, renewable energy investigation,…