• Sustainability

    NAU Dining Eliminates Plastic Straws!

      Arizona Daily Sun Katie Devereaux Sep 7, 2018   For the last 10 years, Northern Arizona University has made advancements in the way of sustainability, and its most recent effort is the removal of plastic straws from Campus Dining beverage stations. Following the national trend to reduce the use of plastic straws, NAU will now offer 100 percent compostable straws made of cornstarch to patrons upon request only, said Casey Fisher, NAU Campus Dining’s director of strategic planning and marketing. “For the most part, people are pretty accepting of it,” she said of the removal of plastic straws. “And honestly, there’s been enough media attention to the straw-less issue…

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    Axe the Trash a Success!

      Thank you to the 70+ folks who came out to the first annual Axe the Trash! campus cleanup. We learned about Flagstaff recycling, tidied up our beautiful campus and the headed to the President’s BBQ for a well-deserved lunch in the sunshine. A great day for sure.        

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    2018 Sustainable Leadership Awards

    So often, much of the work related to sustainability is made up of very very passionate and dedicated volunteers, but all too frequently, we don’t recognize that hard work and commitment as often as we should. That’s why the NAU Environmental Caucus is excited to celebrate the notable effort of so many campus and community members who worked to make NAU and Flagstaff more sustainable this year. Congratulations to all of our nominees and winners of the Sustainable Leadership Awards. Below is a brief glimpse of the work accomplished by our 2018 first place winners.   EC Founder Award: Laura Huenneke’s scientific expertise and experience, personal commitment to the environment and…

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    8 Tips on Having a Sustainable Spring Break

    Spring break is finally here and being more sustainable during the break isn’t as hard as it seems! Here are 8 tips on enjoying your spring break in a sustainable way:   Be a sustainable tourist: If you are traveling, buy locally sourced food for a more sustainable meal and support local business. Keep an eye out for local markets and don’t forget to bring a reusable bag. Supporting local business while you are traveling can help the economy and sustainability!   Plan ahead: Wherever you are going, a great option is bringing your own lunch and drinks in a reusable container. Doing this will help save you money and is more…

  • Sustainability

    O2GO: NAU Reusable Containers

    NAU students asked and the Green Fund answered: Now presenting the O2GO reusable container program! What is O2GO? As of January 16th, O2GO was implemented on the NAU campus in Union Point. Implementation in Spring 2018 will act as a pilot program to gauge student interest in using reusable containers. You may purchase an O2GO container for a one-time fee of $5 from Star Ginger, Turnip the Greens, Cobrizo’s, G’s NY Style Deli and Denny’s. You can take your meal in the O2GO container wherever you please and, when you are done eating, place it in the OZZI machine in Union. In return, you will receive a gold token that allows you…

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    Tree thinning project gives NAU forestry students real-world experience

    Forestry students walked away with real-world experience after being tapped to research and create a prescription to help NAU maintain and protect its on-campus ponderosa pine forest while reducing the fire hazard. Last fall, the university put those plans into action. The 17 students, led by professor Kristen Waring, a silviculturist, worked with grounds crews at NAU to determine what they wanted to accomplish with the trees east of the Babbitt Administrative Center and along the Sinclair Wash, where the Flagstaff Urban Trail System runs through campus. They collected data on the understory of the forest, measured the slope and examined the trees before determining which needed to be cut down…

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    Northern Arizona Pollinator Habitat Initiative Accomplished First Year Goals

    The Northern Arizona Pollinator Habitat Initiative (NAZPHI) began in January, 2017 with big plans for their first year! They defined their mission as promoting the creation, protection, and registration of pollinator habitat across Northern Arizona and set multiple goals to accomplish their vision. Their first goal was to create two more pollinator gardens in the community. They have officially established a garden at NAU’s student-run SNAIL garden, and with help from a APS grant, a garden on APS’s substation on E Pine Knoll Drive. Their second goal for this year is to increase the number of registered pollinator gardens within the greater Flagstaff area by a factor of ten, all…

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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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    Landscape Master Plan

    Did you know that NAU has sustainable landscaping tactics to keep our campus green in every sense of the word? I had a chance to talk with Janel Wilcox, one of the people behind the Landscape Master Plan.  She explained the plan to me, with particular focus on how this plan contributes to the culture of sustainability on campus! The goal of the Landscape Master Plan is four-fold; its guiding principles are landscape architectural design, sustainability, winter considerations, and accessibility. These factors each contribute to the overall aesthetic and function of the landscape you see across the NAU campus, including plant life, benches, and the multi-modal pedways.  Tallgrass native meadow…

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    How NAU Puts a Price on Trees

    NAU’s Tree Campus Advisory Committee and the City of Flagstaff’s Open Space Program and  have partnered for the #FLGTreeTags project, an educational installation aimed at raising awareness about the many values urban trees provide to our community. This installation will run from Oct. 9 – 16, 2017 and include 23 price tags in Wheeler Park and NAU’s North Quad that will describe the financial contributions these trees provide as a result of their various ecosystem services and health benefits. Trent DeBeare, a Forestry graduate student and member of NAU’s Tree Campus Advisory Committee is excited about the project, “NAU already has such a well-regarded forestry tradition. The Tree Campus USA…