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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 is focused on making an impact here in Flagstaff and then continuing into a career of consulting with organizations around the world to become sustainable by switching to renewable energy production. She launched a Sustainability Course Directory, she lead a group of volunteers aiming expression at sustainability-related career opportunities at each Career Fair, and she wrote a Green Fund proposal that allowed 6 students to represent NAU and attend the AASHE Conference in Portland. She brings her previous experience in project management with a sustainability focus in the international community to the NAU campus. Her projects make sustainability a more sound concept at NAU for its internal and external environments.
Hooper Sustainability Award
Brandon Pence – Graduate
Brandon is a facilitator of the Immigration Action Research Team and works on linking environmental and social sustainability. 2015 was his first year at NAU and he went above and beyond by making relationships with community and campus partners such as No More Deaths, Flagstaff Living Wage Coalition, Art through All Mediums Action Research Team, and the Market of Dreams. He recently went on a trip with students in the Immigration Action Research Team to the US-Mexico border. Upon returning, Brandon has been facilitating conversations with students about the work conditions of migrants and the environmental impacts on the farms near the border.
Hooper Sustainability Award
Cassandra Leone – Undergraduate
Cassandra is an Eco-Rep for Gillenwater Hall, which means she is constantly facilitating changes around her hall, and campus, to increase sustainability. She contributes to NAU and Sodexo’s sustainability by transporting the basil, tomatoes, and other garden products that are grown on campus to the Green Scene Café. She is a sustainability coordinator and works for Catherine Sullivan, who is a sustainability specialist for our campus. She is also a volunteer for the campus organization, the Food Recovery Network, that collects and donates unused food to local charities, helping both the community as well as making sure the food on campus is not wasted.
Hooper Sustainability Award
Leah Manak – Undergraduate
Leah is a leader in the sustainability movement on campus. She has illustrated initiative, productivity, and dedication as Chair of the Green Jacks and founder of Students for a Better World. She has illustrated leadership in her participation in the Global Science and Engineering Program and in research, travel, and internships all focused on sustainability efforts. In her work with Green Jacks and Students for a Better World, Leah has helped to organize and publicize activities related to Ban the Bag and NAU Solar as well as the upcoming Earth Jam for Earth Week. She is also working on the International Pavilion project as an intern, and in doing so, she is spreading the news about environmental building techniques and the benefit these techniques represent for our community.
Howard’s support and active participation in the NAU composting program is without a doubt invaluable to its success, its expansion over the past three years, and its positive impact on the campus’s sustainability goals. He developed the plot area, now known as Howard’s Mesa, volunteers his time to turn piles, provides resources to support the program, and worked with the compost technicians on a variety of ratios for materials during its first year. From a first year seminar course researching food waste, and post-consumer compost, to engineering students working on a biomass project, attending the ARTs symposium, and Green Jack’s meetings, Howard goes above and beyond. He is a great advocate for the NAU Composting Program and supporter of NAU students. We couldn’t see the composting program being what it is today without him.
2015 Members: Sara Leibold, Ellen Vaughan, Avi Henn, David Miller, Abrahan Garibay, Anastasia Cheifetz, Karlie Andrews, Shelby Compton, Sheila Anders, Michelle James
We were extremely impressed with the way this group of students and staff members handled the complex negotiations and remarkable engagement of the NAU community rotating around NAU solar in the fall of 2014. This was a project near and dear to their mission and to their hearts and we were inspired by their deliberative process. Their decisions in the negotiating rounds with VP Jennus Burton showed thoughtfulness and flexibility, as well as principled judgment about what was too much for the administration to ask for with these student funds. They were resourceful in doing their homework, effectively communicative about the negotiations to the wider campus community, and phenomenal public speakers.
NAU Leadership Award
Caitlin began attending NAU in August of 2014. She is a highly engaged, motivated and empowering facilitator in the New Economy for Northern Arizona Action Research Team. She has connected students to new forms of knowledge, rethinking business and opportunities to engage both traits. In 2015, she took on a leadership role at the Market of Dreams (Mercado) a market that creates opportunity for cooperative entrepreneurship and individual growth to stimulate local economy and promote a vibrant multi-cultural market on the east side of Flagstaff.
Flagstaff Community Organization
Friends of Flagstaff’s Future
2015 Members: Moran Henn, Kati Pantsosnik, Hannah Perkins, David McCain, Stacey Hamburg, Mary McKell, Mike Caulkins, Terry Dunn, Robert Henderson, Naima Shuller, Adam Shimoni, Eli Cohen
2015 marks the 20th year that Friends of Flagstaff’s Future has been working to make Flagstaff a more environmentally sustainable, socially just, and economically prosperous community. This organization is the only multi-issue organization in town working to protect open spaces and their ecological diversity, supporting locally owned businesses, encouraging the democratic process, and promoting civic engagement in local issues. Being a community organization, it has strong ties to NAU and works hard to connect students to local issues. Two board members are NAU faculty and five board members, along with its director, are NAU graduates. Some of 2014-15 highlights include; launching the Speak Up Initiative, following the threat of eviction of Arrowhead Village residents, helping in coordinating a large collaborative campaign to educate consumers about the importance of shopping locally, and much more.
Scott has held the position of Environmental Caucus (EC) Chair for 2 years. He has initiated and assisted with many projects that have gone through the EC. He also has lead every EC meeting with thoughtfulness and consideration while keeping the atmosphere of the meetings flexible and informative. Scott never hesitates to offer his assistance and has been a phenomenal mentor for the Environmental Caucus Graduate Assistant, Kristina Aksenova. Between being the Chair of the EC and being the Director of Operations for Facility Services, Scott has made immense strides towards NAU and its dedication to sustainability.
Flagstaff Earth Day is Saturday, April 19th, 2014! The success of this year’s earth day event can’t be done without the dedication of volunteers. Set-up and tear-down volunteers are needed as well as face painters. The shift times are as follows:
Face Painters: 11:30am-1:30pm & 1:30pm-3:30pm
If you are interested in volunteering for a shift, please contact Marty Jacobson, firstname.lastname@example.org. All volunteers will receive a 2 for 1 Chipotle coupon.
Do you have dreams of being a clothing designer or working in fashion? Does thrift shopping strike your fancy? If so, apply to be a designer or stylist for the second annual Eco Fashion Show!
Green is the New Black, the Eco Fashion Show sponsored by Housing and Residence Life, will once again kick off NAU’s Earth Week events. One of the things that make this event so special is that the designers and stylists create their runway looks completely out of reused materials. These materials can be anything from repurposed plastic bags to creating head to toe outfits via thrift store shopping. The purpose of the Eco Fashion Show is to help provide people with inspiration to think outside the box for what their wardrobe could look like and to show new and fun ways to keep unnecessary objects out of landfills. It is sure to make you look at clothing in a new way!
Learn more about the guidelines and award categories and submit an application to www.nau.edu/ecofashion by February 13th at 5pm to participate as a designer or stylist. We are looking for both men’s and women’s wear looks. Any member of the NAU community may participate. Prizes will include having the winning designs on display at the Communication School.
More of an armchair fashionista? The fashion show will be on April 21st 2014 at 7pm in the Dubois Center Ballroom. All are welcome and encouraged to attend to help celebrate Earth Week and enjoy the beautiful and creative designs.
April seems far away, go to our Facebook page to see pictures and videos from last year’s show.
Here are a couple of teasers to enjoy!
2013 Best Use of Recycled Materials Winner
Who is participating in the switch to sustainability? In the fall of last semester, the Student Environmental Caucus changed their identity to the “Green Jacks” in hopes of framing sustainability in a way that inspires school spirit (NAU Lumberjacks) and expands the spectrum of sustainability at NAU. The group went to tailgates and sporting events wearing our Earth Week T-shirts while handing out sustainably produced wine and recycling literature to the student and alumni tailgaters. Along with WACBAT (the Weatherization and Community Building Action Team), we hosted a solar panel crowd-funding event for the local Murdoc Community Center, which communicated the relationships between renewable energy and the liberty of Flagstaff as a community. So, sustainability issues inherently relate to us all. This semester, the Green Jacks hope to take that idea and work towards an equal representation and participation of the student body when it comes down to the topic of NAU’s commitment to carbon neutrality.
One focus right now is Earth Week 2012 — which just so happens to coincide with International Week and International Volunteer Week. We just started hosting weekly meetings in the NAU Health and Learning Center every Friday at 2:30pm (rm 2405/7). Everyone is invited to attend, and in the first two weeks we’ve had representatives from NAU’s Learning Communities, the City of Flagstaff, and NAU Civic Service Institute — among other diverse attendees. But that’s not enough. The Green Jacks are fostering relationships with NAU faculty, staff and administration which can be maintained and strengthen as the university reaches for it’s goals of carbon neutrality by 2020.
Particularly, WACBAT is organizing an event on 4/20 called “Blackout Day.” The idea is that various buildings and dorms on campus will shut off their power for a few hours — and everyone bikes/walks/buses down to a solar-powered concert. We want the Greek community, all the dorms, and the ASNAU student government (and more groups) to sponsor the event – in addition to other Arizona universities (ASU, UofA, and Prescott College) hosting similar events at the same date and time! The goal is not to just host an event, but to build on the notion that engagement as a student at the university level can foster effective civic engagemnt in Flagstaff and beyond.
There is a lot to say about full-spectrum sustainability and NAU’s goals, but fostering a broader group of participation this semester will hopefully defy the stereotype of mutual exclusivity pertaining to sustainability, and all else.
Are you interested in being a part of the conversation for planning this year’s Earth Week? We would like you to contribute! Facilitated by the Student Environmental Caucus, these planning sessions will be every Friday from 2:30-3:00pm at HLC, room 2407. Everyone is welcome! Help us make this year’s Earth Week meaningful for everyone.
Please note: Friday, February 24th we will meet at 2:00pm instead of 3:00pm at HLC, room 2407.
If you have any questions or ideas, please contact Nolan Bade.