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Congratulations Sustainability 2015 Award Winners!

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.

Kristina Aksenova with presenter Dr. Laura Huenneke

Kristina Aksenova with presenter Dr. Laura Huenneke

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.


 

Brandon Pence with presenter Dr. Laura Huenneke

Brandon Pence with presenter Dr. Laura Huenneke

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.


Cassandra Leone with presenter Dr. Laura Huenneke

Cassandra Leone with presenter Dr. Laura Huenneke

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.


 

Leah Manak, photo by Alex Gaynor Photography

Leah Manak, photo by Alex Gaynor Photography

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 Coldwell with presenter Dr. Laura Huenneke

Howard Coldwell with presenter Dr. Laura Huenneke

NAU Faculty/Staff

Howard Coldwell

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.


 

The Green Fund committee with presenter Dr. Laura Huenneke

The Green Fund committee with presenter Dr. Laura Huenneke

NAU Organization

Green Fund

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.


 

Caitlin Fader with presenter Dr. Laura Huenneke

Caitlin Fader with presenter Dr. Laura Huenneke

NAU Leadership Award

Caitlin Fader

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.


 

Friends of Flagstaff's Future with presenter Dr. Laura Huenneke

Friends of Flagstaff’s Future with presenter Dr. Laura Huenneke

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 Perelstein with presenters Ellen Vaughan and Kristina Aksenova

Scott Perelstein with presenters Ellen Vaughan and Kristina Aksenova

Special Recognition

Scott Perelstein

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.

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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 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. The introduction of this course database is a great contribution towards cultivating 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.

The courses are submitted by their instructors using a specially designated online form. The NAU Office of Sustainability offers its faculty members the undermentioned guidance to self-identify whether the classes they are submitting are sustainability-focused or sustainability-related. Please see below:

  • A “sustainability-focused” course concentrates on the concept of sustainability, including its social, economic, and environmental dimensions, or examine an issue or topic using sustainability as a lens.
  • A “sustainability-related” course incorporates sustainability as a distinct course component or module, or concentrate on a single sustainability principle or issue.

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.

Useful links:

For NAU students – NAU Sustainability Course Directory

For NAU 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 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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Green is the New Black Eco Fashion Show is Back for 2014!

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!

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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.

https://www.facebook.com/EcoFashionNAU

Here are a couple of teasers to enjoy!

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A Mom and Daughter Team

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2013 Best Use of Recycled Materials Winner

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AHESC Presentation Proposals Due December 6th

Have you heard of AASHE? The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education is the premier organization for helping you as a student, faculty, or staff find ways to make your school more sustainable. They hold annual conferences across the country to help individuals share and discuss best practices for incorporating sustainability into higher education.

This year we’re having the first ever regional conference at the University of Arizona March 24-25.

Participate in the Arizona Higher Education Sustainability Conference (AHESC) by submitting a presentation proposal by December 6th (guidelines: http://ahesc.org/program).

Check back later for details on carpooling to the event. Or email me at Ellen.Vaughan@nau.edu

See you there!

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National Sustainability Day Recap

EcorepsNorthern Arizona University celebrated National Sustainability Day on October 23rd by engaging the campus community on several different levels of conservation behaviors on and off campus.

Dining Services conducted a waste audit to bring awareness to food waste and national hunger stats, Green NAU Energy Initiatives (GNEI) encouraged water and energy conversation with Strive for 5, 5 minute showers and Be Bold Go Cold, use the cold setting when doing your laundry to save energy. Housing and Resident Life Eco-Reps shared tips on how to have a more sustainable Halloween holiday this year.

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Campus Sustainability Innovation Challenge

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Have you ever had an idea that could make NAU a more sustainable place? Well, the Campus Sustainability Innovation Challenge is definitely for you. The NAU Campus Sustainability Innovation Challenge, presented by the NAU International House and the Green NAU Energy Initiative, gives students the chance to propose improvements to sustainability on the NAU campus through their original ideas. The Green NAU Energy Initiative will mentor the winning student to develop a proposal.

Prizes

1st: Mentorship by the Green NAU Energy Initiative; $350 NAU Bookstore Gift Certificate

2nd: $225 NAU Bookstore Gift Certificate

3rd: $100 NAU Bookstore Gift Certificate

Contest Guidelines

Eligibility

The NAU Campus Sustainability Innovation Challenge is open to all NAU undergraduate students enrolled in 12 credits or more in the fall semester. Contestants must be present for judging and the awards ceremony to collect their prizes.

To enter the competition, students must submit their entry forms and project materials by the deadline. Students may apply as individuals or in teams of up to three students. Team members must also be full-time NAU undergraduate students. If it is unclear whether or not you or your team is eligible, your team leader should contact the Program Director for the International House, Dr. Dylan Rust at Dylan.Rust@nau.edu.

By entering in the competition, you acknowledge that Northern Arizona University may use your idea on its campus.

Finalists

All proposal submissions are due by e-mail at 8am on Monday, October 14, 2013. E-mail all proposals to Dr. Dylan Rust at Dylan.Rust@nau.edu. The written proposals will be evaluated by a panel of judges, and finalists will be notified through e-mail by Wednesday, October 30, 2013 that they should prepare to make an in-person presentation on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at the Campus Sustainability Innovation Challenge presentations. The event will be held in the Gardner Auditorium in the W. A. Franke College of Business from 5pm to 8pm on November 12th. At the event, students will present their idea in front of a panel of judges. The presentation will be no more than 10 minutes. Powerpoint or Prezi may be used to augment the presentation. At the end of the event, the judges will determine the winner(s) of the competition. For more information visit the Campus Sustainability Innovation Challenge website.

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Need a 1 Credit Class for the Fall Semester?

exploring the wilderness within class fall semester

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Summer Book Review: Karl Weber’s “Food, Inc.”

Gaining infamy in 2008, the film Food, Inc. exposed the dark secrets of the American Food Industry. Director Robert Kenner showcases first hand accounts of animal cruelty, environmental degradation, food-borne illness, and public health concerns via the testimonies of farmers, industry workers, consumers advocates, and people like you. Working with Kenner, author and editor Karl Weber released the participant guide Food, Inc. This film to book companion became a New York Times Best Seller including contributions from experts like Eric Schlosser, Michael Pollan, Anna Lappe, and many more.

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