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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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It’s Time to Leave Green!

Leave GreenNow that the end of the semester is rapidly approaching, many students who live in the residence halls will be moving out in a few short days. What do you do with those perfectly good items? Don’t throw them away! Donate your unwanted goods and Leave Green!

Donation bins can be found in the main lobby of your building or in the clubhouse/office for the apartment areas. Make sure the food you donate has not expired. We cannot accept futon mattresses, mattress toppers, or hangers.

The clothing, furniture, book, and household items donations will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. The non-perishable food donations will benefit Sunshine Rescue Mission. Since the Leave Green program started in 2010, students have donated over 130,000 pounds of items. Last year was our biggest year ever with over 44,000 pounds of donations!

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What’s an Eco-Rep?

Eco-Rep peer education programs are becoming increasing popular at universities around the country. Usually, the goal of these programs is to teach students who live on campus about various issues related to sustainability and encourage them to adopt more sustainable living behaviors. This is accomplished by teaching the Eco-Reps about the various topics and training them to be effective communicators so that they can share the information they learn with their friends and neighbors in their residence hall and encourage behavior change.

The Eco-Rep program at NAU is modeled after some of the most successful and popular programs, such as the one at the University of Vermont. Most of the Eco-Reps at NAU do not have sustainability as a focus in their professional goals, but they have gained other valuable skills they know will help them in the future. The students who participate as Eco-Reps report they develop leadership and communication skills and learn a lot about sustainability and environmental issues. They have fun interacting with their peers and sharing their knowledge, and they like knowing they are making a difference.
We would love to have you join our team and help us make a difference, too! We are currently recruiting Eco-Reps for the 2013-14 year. The only requirement is that you must live in a residence hall as you must have access to the hall to complete the program requirements. Although applicants will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis, the priority deadline is September 18 so that participants don’t miss out on important trainings. Go to www.nau.edu/ecorep for additional information and the application.

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The Mainpat Interdisciplinary Global Learning Project [VIDEO]

Shot on location in Mainpat, India, December 2011 – January 2012 for the College of Health and Human Services of Northern Arizona University, this video documents the university’s interdepartmental efforts to assist Tibetan refugees in India. Many faculty and students were involved in the trip!

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