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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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At Home Sustainability

Not living in the Resident Halls this year? Are you a “do it yourself” kind of person? Or maybe interested in sustainable home projects? Either way, we have your fix! Read the rest of this entry »

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Community Job Posting

Fred Phillips Consulting homepage


Fred Phillips Consulting — a local watershed and ecological restoration firm — is looking for a full time (two years commitment) Landscape Architecture/Restoration Practitioner for their Flagstaff office located in downtown Flagstaff.

Fred Phillips Consulting specializes award winning designs including ecological restoration, parks, trails, wetland delineation, and environmental monitoring and compliance.

Duties for the Landscape Architecture/Restoration Practitioner include (but not limited to):

  1. Completing design concepts and construction documents for wetland and riparian restoration, trails, and parks.
  2. Managing design and restoration construction projects.

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  3. Performing site analysis on restoration sites including wetland delineation, soil salinity surveys, and vegetation mapping.
  4. Assist with project management including acquisition of plant materials, managing field staff, and running survey crews.
  5. Completing ARC GIS mapping of plant and wildlife monitoring projects.
  6. Developing perspective sketches and rendering of designs.
  7. Assist with completing monitoring and grant reports.
  8. Assist with office management as needed.

All applicants must have the following qualifications:

  • A degree in Landscape Architecture, Ecological Restoration, Environmental Engineering or similar.
  • Experience in ecological restoration.
  • Must have strong graphic design and writing skills.
  • Must be able to work independently in a challenging work environment.
  • Must be proficient in AutoCAD, ADOBE CS and Microsoft Office. GIS experience is preferred.
  • Must have own transportation and be willing to travel.
  • Must be willing and able to work in challenging field conditions. Some outdoor guiding/field experience is preferred.

Fred Phillips Consulting offers sick and annual leave, maternity leave, bi-annual bonuses, medical stipend, 401k plan, and more. Start date is immediately with salary D.O.E.

All qualified applicants can send their resume, portfolio and references to

This job opening will be open and available only through the month of August, so send in your resume, portfolio, and references immediately!


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GNEI Overview Video

After a couple of weeks of hard work, our brand new video is available for your viewing pleasure! The GNEI Overview Video is a short promo featuring the Green NAU Energy Initiative. Check out what we are up to!

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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 says, “This project is the first major step in NAU becoming a carbon neutral campus. This is an opportunity for the university to upgrade lighting and heating and cooling equipment, as well as involving students, faculty and staff in the process which will increase awareness of the campus sustainability efforts and ultimately aid in creating the Culture of Sustainability that we are after. I am very excited to get this project started.”

Some of the highlights of the NORESCO contract include:

  • Interior Lighting Upgrades
  • Plumbing Fixture Upgrades
  • Heating and Cooling Controls Upgrades
  • Utility Metering
  • Behavioral Change Program

In addition to the infrastructure and building improvements the contract includes a focus on creating a culture of sustainable behavior to further reduce the greenhouse gas emissions. Bryan McLaren, the Coordinator of NAU’s Office of Sustainability says, “The NAU NORESCO project will be the single most significant step that NAU has taken towards our Carbon Neutrality 2020 goal since signing the Association of College and Universities President’s Climate Commitment. I am extremely excited to start moving this project into the implementation phase and advancing our culture of sustainability.”

For questions, please contact

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Velo Composting Compost Technician Summer Job

Velo Composting Student on BikeIf this isn’t the coolest job on campus then I don’t know what is. Velo Composting—a new Action Research Team—is hiring a student compost technician for the summer and it could be you!

The main responsibilities of the position include the following:

  • Work with a partner to pick up and deliver loads of food waste from NAU Dining Locations to the compost facility on South campus in a timely manner (~1 hour per day).
  • Loads of food waste will be picked up via bicycle and trailer and/or pickup truck.
  • Operate hand tools and monitoring equipment to monitor, and assist with maintenance of a large-scale compost system at the new NAU Compost Facility (Located on South Campus by the Solar Array)
  • Attend weekly compost team meetings as well as other meetings on an as needed basis
  • Garner interest in compost and sustainability
  • Work with other units and employees within NAU Dining/Sodexo, Facilities Management/Capital Assets, and in waste collection, monitoring, and documentation.

The full job description can be found here.

To apply, send your cover letter and resume to or The deadline to apply is April 10, so get those applications in soon!

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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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Spring Break Ride for School Gardens

Sam Hagler and Tim McKinley—two Graduate students in the Sustainable Communities program—have decided to throw the traditional spring break to the wind and participate in a worthy cause instead. According to their facebook page their mission is to:

bicycle 250 miles in Northern California, to raise awareness for the importance of school gardens as supplementary educational tools. With your help, we hope to raise $5,000 to support the schools’ independent gardening programs.

The money they raise will be used to fund school garden projects in the Flagstaff area in coordination with the Foodlink and School Gardens Aciton Research Teams (ARTs) on campus. Currently, they have raised $375 of their $5,000 goal. To donate, please visit the Ride for School Gardens Razoo page and be sure to follow their journey this week by tuning in to their facebook page.

Good luck Sam and Tim!


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Medicinal Plants Study Group

Medicinal PlantInterested in learning about Medicinal Plants? Check out the Medicinal Plants Study Group brought to you by the Applied Indigenous Studies and Sustainable Communities programs. This study group is for dedicated and serious students to learn and share knowledge of medicinal plants, their healing properties, and native traditional recipes and stories. Each session we will focus on a different plant. both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to join!

Where: SBS West Room 9
When: Every other Friday starting Jan. 27th from 1 – 3:30pm

For further information, please contact:
Marina Vasquez, Traditional Knowledge Scholar,
Martha James, SUS Graduate ARTs co-coordinator,
Katherine Golfinopoulos, SUS Graduate ARTs co-coordinator,

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Packing Heat on Campus

Gun on BookLast April, a bill was passed by the state legislature that would allow guns to be carried on campus. However, Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the legislation after finding the bill too ambiguous. Now, SB1474 plans to accomplish what last years bill failed to do: allow guns on college campuses.

As an AZCentral article describes the bill as requiring:

…public universities and community colleges to allow anyone age 21 or older with a concealed-carry permit to carry a gun on campus. The schools can keep the guns out of buildings, stadiums and classrooms if they provide secure gun lockers.

The committee also passed a bill that would loosen restrictions on carrying guns in public buildings, including city halls, libraries or municipal swimming pools.

President John Haeger takes issue with the bill stating in Northern Arizona News that:

“I just think it gets in the way of our basic mission,” Haeger said. “There’s not a problem here. Students don’t want guns, faculty doesn’t want guns [and] administrators don’t want guns. And so this is entirely about somebody’s ideology.”

Also, those gun lockers that the university needs to provide to each building if they don’t want guns in that building come at $400 a pop. Additional funding is not being provided by the proposed legislation.

According to InsideNAU The Arizona Board of Regents and all three universities have come out against the proposed legislation.

Proponents of the bill feel that it is merely an affirmation of their second amendment rights and that they should be able to take guns where they please for their own protection. A Tempe resident is quoted in the AZCentral article as saying:

“We are dealing with the subject of a fundamental right to self-defense,” Bartow said. He took issue with suggestions that adults younger than age 25 weren’t capable of acting responsibly. “None of our other fundamental rights are infringed upon just because we’re under 25.”

What are your thoughts? Should people be able to carry concealed weapons onto campus? Let us know in the comments below!


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