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The NAU Sustainability Course Directory Has Been Launched!

The NAU Office of Sustainability is excited to introduce the NAU Sustainability Course Directory – a new online database system for all the courses from any department that are focused on sustainability or simply have a sustainability component in them. Both undergraduate and graduate students can now enjoy a constantly updated list of classes that cover a wide range of topics related to environmental, cultural, economic, and social sustainability.

The courses are submitted by their instructors using a specially designated online form. After being approved by our administrator, the course appears in the online database and can be looked up using a convenient search engine that provides 3 criteria options that helps a student find a better fit.

The challenge of spreading awareness about sustainability and creating an environmentally conscious behavior always comes down to nurturing eco-literacy. In order to provide a deeper understanding of the global climate change challenges we face nowadays, NAU is attempting to ease an access to the list of classes that serve as an educational tool about that issue and offers diverse strategies of addressing it. The introduction of this course listing system is a great step towards creating a culture of sustainability in the Northern Arizona University, bringing a better understanding of the need for a more environmentally responsible behavior to its students.

Useful links:
For NAU students - NAU Sustainability Course Directory
For course instructors - Sustainability Course Submission

The list of classes is constantly being updated so make sure to check back regularly!

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The NAU Green Fund is Now Open For Business!


Green Fund Committee


It is that time of year again… grant proposal time! The NAU Green Fund is now accepting applications for projects for the 2013-2014 school year! For those of you who don’t know, each student at the Flagstaff Mountain Campus pay a five-dollar Green Fee towards what is known as the Green Fund. That money can be allocated for environmental and sustainability based projects on-campus created by students likes you!

In order to apply for a Green Fund grant, you must come to one proposal workshop. We will be holding numerous ones through the school year in Cline Library, Room 200. See below for dates and times.

September 18- Proposal Workshop in Cline Library, Room 200 (4:30-5:30 pm)

September 19-Proposal Workshop in Cline Library, RM 200 (4:30-5:30 pm)

October 2 –Proposal Workshop in Cline Library, RM 200 (4:30-5:30 pm)

October 3- Proposal Work in Cline Library, RM 200 (4:30-5:30 pm)

October 9-1st round of GF Applications due

October 30- Proposal Workshop in Cline Library, RM 200 (6:00-7:00 pm)

November 6-2nd round of GF applications due

I hope you all consider applying for a Green Fund grant and thank you for doing your part in creating a culture of sustainability on-campus!



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New Fall Course: Environmental Injustice Through Film

Check out this new course brought to you by the Department of Politics and International Affairs! Starting this upcoming Fall 2013 semester, Environmental Injustice through Film will be available for students to take. Taught by Dr. John Hultgren, this course looks will consider complex questions through films that highlight different aspects of the human/nature relationship, and readings that will help us critically engage with the films. Some issues that may be covered in this course include:

  • Agriculture and migrant workers
  • Indigeneity and “wilderness”
  • Colonialism and natural resource extraction
  • Toxic chemicals and race
  • The enclosure of the commons
  • Industrial food production and animal rights

Films used to demonstrate these issues will include: Avatar, The Milagro Beanfield War, Fast Food Nation, There Will Be Blood, and Men with Guns (among other fiction and non-fiction works)

The course will be offered Mon/Wed 9:10-10:25am and film screenings will be on Fridays online.

Seats need to be filled! Sign up now!

If you have any questions, please contact John Hultgren at:



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