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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!


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 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!

A Mom and Daughter Team


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:

Check back later for details on carpooling to the event. Or email me at

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


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.


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


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

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


All proposal submissions are due by e-mail at 8am on Monday, October 14, 2013. E-mail all proposals to Dr. Dylan Rust at 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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