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    NAU Removes All Retail Plastic Bags from its Operations!

    NAU is excited to announce that no retail store on campus will be giving out plastic bags! NAU’s Bookstore (operated by Follett) is the latest concessionaire to stop handing out plastic bags for retail operations. Instead, they will be opting for a more environmentally friendly paper bag. The new bags are made from 100% Forestry Sustainability Council (FSC) Recycled material and are themselves, recyclable. 95% of the recycled content comes from post consumer waste. To further reduce their environmental impact customers can request to not receive a bag with their purchase. “The NAU Bookstore team is proud to join the Northern Arizona University community in discontinuing the use of plastic…

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    Northern Arizona University, Sodexo composting food scraps for a greener campus

    A new student-lead collaboration between Northern Arizona University (NAU) and food service company Sodexo is leading to high-volume recycling of the school’s food waste. The program kicked into gear with the acquisition of machines that grind and dehydrate food waste from the school’s dining services into an easily compostable form. Through a waste audit, students discovered that the school’s dining halls and other food service facilities generate up to 1,500 pounds of food waste each day. Once those scraps have been composted, school landscaping crews add it to the on-campus landscaping. “The new system is an exciting venture for NAU and Sodexo as we work together to continually strive for…

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    NAU brightens sustainable outlook with major solar panel agreement!

    Northern Arizona University took its latest step toward long-term sustainable operations today by announcing that the university will host a large solar panel system on campus. NAU President Rita Cheng signed documents at a ceremony on campus to mark the project’s launch. Student representatives and officials from Arizona Public Service also attended. “There are many people to thank for making this day possible,” Cheng said. “They include a group of dedicated staff in Facilities Services, the student leaders of NAU Green Fund and our friends at Arizona Public Service. Today’s signing honors our collective commitment to sustainability and the university’s mission to use all resources responsibly. This solar project symbolizes…

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    NAU Designated Conference Champion in EPA’S College & University Green Power Challenge!

    NAU WINS TWO YEARS IN A ROW! The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized NAU as an Individual Conference Champion of the 2015-16 College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the Big Sky Conference. Since April 2006, EPA’s Green Power Partnership has tracked and recognized the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power use within the program. The Individual Conference Champion Award recognizes the school that uses the most green power in a qualifying conference. NAU beat its conference rivals by using more than 8 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 13 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage last…

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    Sustainability Leadership Awards 2016

    Each year the Environmental Caucus (EC) hosts the Sustainability Leadership Awards. These awards are presented to students, faculty, and staff who have been nominated by their peers for going above and beyond in enhancing our Culture of Sustainability at NAU or in the community. This year the Environmental Caucus received over 30 nominations covering their six different categories. The award ceremony began with a presentation from Dr. Rita Cheng, the President of NAU, and continued with award presentations from Jennus Burton, NAU’s VP of Finance and Dr. Jim Coleman, NAU’s Provost. Preceding the main event the Caucus held presentations from Green Fund Project Managers, which included John Morris, NAU’s AVP of Facility…

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    Arbor Day Foundation Honors Northern Arizona University with 2015 Tree Campus USA® Recognition

    Flagstaff, AZ – April, 22, 2016 – The Office of Sustainability is excited to announce that NAU has been honored with 2015 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. “NAU Grounds department has been working on a variety of sustainable initiatives to improve our campus environment,” said Ralph Padilla, manager of NAU’s Grounds department. “From vastly expanding our composting program to utilizing sustainable landscaping practices we’re always looking for opportunities to improve our operations. Participating in Tree Campus USA is a great opportunity to help make sure we’re always conscious of best tree management and to help educate students about…

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    Lights for Yellow Bikes – Now Available!

    All students and employees can now get lights on their Yellow Bikes for free at the Union! The Yellow Bike program at NAU enables students to check out bikes for free to travel on and off campus, and Lights for Yellow Bikes campaigned raised more than $6,500 to outfit every one of these Yellow Bikes with a set of front and rear lights. The culture of bike-riding is heavily ingrained in the Flagstaff community. The town’s dedicated cycling lanes, emphasis on sustainability, and variety of engaging outdoor activities make it an ideal location for cyclists to commute to class, enjoy some exercise, or just contribute to improving the environment. In fact,…

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    NAU is a Regional EPA Award Winner for the Food Recovery Challenge!

    NAU Campus Dining continues to reduce campus food waste and made new strides during the 2014-2015 academic year. In line with the university’s Climate Action Plan, Dining regularly maintains waste reduction tracking system LeanPath, the on-campus compost program and supports campus waste reduction initiatives such as BYOC: an educational campaign to encourage reusable containers with an incentive from Dining of a 50 cent discount for bringing your own mug and football tailgate recycling. Highlights from the 2014-2015 academic year include the launch of The Food Recovery Network NAU Chapter, NAU Dining presenting for EPA’s Reducing Wasted Food & Packaging Toolkit webinar series, winning an on campus funding award for post-consumer composting machinery, and…

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    Green Fund is Calling All Applicants!

    The Green Fund is looking for student applications, both undergraduate and graduate in all majors, for the 2016-2017 academic year to fill the positions of Treasurer, Secretary, and Vice Chair. Make a difference on campus by joining the committee and voting on how the campus Green Fee is utilized! The Green Fund is committed to helping students get involved with sustainability at NAU and beyond. This year’s committee has funded numerous impact-producing projects, including implementing tablets into Facility Services operations and funding a sustainable citizen program. All projects funded in 2015 can be found here. Additionally, the Green Fund is extensively involved in Earth Week planning and is in the…

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    Green Fund Moves Up Application Deadline!

    In 2015, the NAU Green Fund allocated half its budget ($100,000 for 10 years) to get a large solar array on the San Francisco parking garage. Operating with half their budget, the Fund is coming close to allocating all of its funds for this academic year. To ensure all proposals are given equal opportunity for funding, the Green Fund is requesting that all applicants submit their proposals one month earlier than originally planned. The new deadline for proposal submission is March 15th, 2016. Applications will be accepted after this date on a rolling bases and will be granted funding within the context of available resources. Please see the Green Fund website to find…