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    Solar Planes & Sustainability

    The NAU Green Fund is an integral part of our campus’s sustainability community. However, it needs student participation in order to thrive! The idea of submitting a project proposal can seem rather daunting, but in reality the Green Fund is here to help out in any way they can! A great example of a past proposal success involves a group of engineering students, solar panels, and the power of flight. In 2016, a group of Engineering majors came to the Green Fund with an idea. Their goal was to create an Ultra-Lightweight Solar Aircraft, controlled by remote and able to fly by only utilizing power from photovoltaic solar panels. The…

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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…

  • Accomplishments,  Energy,  New and Announcements

    ABOR Approves $18 Million in Campus Energy Retrofits

    In the latest example of Northern Arizona University’s commitment to Sustainability, the Arizona Board of Regents has just approved an $18,000,000 performance contract between Northern Arizona University and the energy services company NORESCO. This contract will allow NAU to save approximately $1,500,000 a year in utility costs and will reduce NAU’s green house gas emissions to below 1990 levels by 2014. The construction will begin in late May and will take approximately 22 months to complete. This contract represents Phase 1 of the campus audit and retrofit with the Phase 2 audit taking place in the Fall. Lindsay Wagner, the Director of Sustainability and Energy Services for NAU Facility Services…

  • Accomplishments,  Energy,  Student Groups and Organizations

    Wind for Schools and the NAU Green Fund Collaborate to Install Wind Turbine

    The turbine was donated by Southwest Windpower, as was a 45’ tower. SWWP also had four staff members provide technical assistance for the entire day of the installation. The Facility Services department (formerly Capital Assets) at NAU did considerable work managing the project at no charge. Shaum Electric donated some of their labor. GLHN design from Tucson donated the design work including work on the electrical drawings. Time lapse footage by Christopher Ray. The data for the turbine will be used by the Wind for Schools project, and will be uploaded to the Idaho National Labs site so schools nationwide have access to it. It will also be used locally in…

  • Accomplishments

    SUS Student Named a GreenFaith Fellow

    We are always happy to pass along information about the exciting things that Sustainable Communities students are working on. Recently, Shelley Dennis—a current SUS student living in Boston—was named a GreenFaith Fellow and will join the 2012 Class of the GreenFaith Fellowship Program. From the Press Release: The Fellowship Program is the only US comprehensive education and training program to prepare lay and ordained leaders from diverse religious traditions for environmental leadership.  “We’re thrilled to welcome Shelley Dennis to the Program,” said Rev. Fletcher Harper, GreenFaith’s Executive Director.  “We look forward to working with her to support her growth as a religious-environmental leader.” Through three residential retreats, monthly webinars, and…