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NAU News: Action and Attitude!

http://news.nau.edu/action-attitude-lay-groundwork-green-campus/

Check out the recent news! NAU continues to strive for that carbon neutrality goal and each day comes with steps in the right direction! NAU’s progression is amazing and every little thing we do as a student body can help! If you want to get involved and be part of the sustainable movement, come check out NAU Green Jacks! Meetings are every Friday at 2 PM in the HLC (Green Scene Cafe). Come by and share your ideas on how to create a sustainable campus and keep stories like these coming!

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Bill McKibben at NAU in April

Bill McKibben will be at NAU’s High Country Conference Center on April 22nd (also known as Earth Day!). Tickets are FREE and available at the NAU Central Ticketing Office as well as at the door. However, tickets are going fast so be sure to pick yours up soon! We hope to see you there!oneeighth

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Better World Film Series Starts WEDNESDAY!

Please join NAU’s Environmental Caucus and Office of Sustainability for their weekly event called Better World Film Series. This series will start on Wednesday March 5 and extend until Wednesday April 23. These movies are free to attend and free refreshments will be provided! See the attached flier for more details. Come watch these films to better understand this planet that we call home. We hope to see you there! bwfs-documentary-flyer-2014 (1)

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For Green NAU Blog

NAU students faculty and staff receive free subscriptions to Environmental Insights.

As a member of the National Council for Science and the Environment, NAU students, faculty and staff have had free access to a couple of daily new summary services focusing on the environment, Greenwire and E&E News.  Due to increasing subscription fees charged to NCSE and to individual university subscribers, NCSE has decided to implement its own daily environmental news summary.  This summary will focus on themes of particular interest to academic communities and provide a forum for updates and posting from NCSE member institutions. The start date for this new service is March 1, 2014.

To subscribe to this free environmental news service, go to http://www.multibriefs.com/briefs/ncse/ and click on the subscribe button.  It will ask you if you are a member of NCSE.  If you have a nau.edu email, you should select yes.  If you do not have a nau.edu email address you will be unable to receive this service for free from NCSE.

If you have questions about this change in service, feel free to contact Rod Parnell of the National Council for Science and the Environment/Council of Environmental Deans and Directors at Rod.Parnell@nau.edu.

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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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AASHE Membership Benefits

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NAU’s just renewed its AASHE membership! Make sure you’re utilizing all its resources:

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is an organization of colleges and universities that are working to advance sustainability in higher education.

NAU’s AASHE membership covers everyone on campus!  As members, we all have access to AASHE’s online resources and opportunities for networking, information sharing, collaboration, and professional development.

Here are more details about AASHE’s member benefits, services and programs:

Individual Member Accounts
Anyone at our institution can create their own account to access member-only pages on AASHE’s website and receive member discounts.  To create an individual account, go to create member account and complete the user profile using your campus email address.  After you receive your password by email, go to the login page, enter your email address (username) and new password, and you will have access to all locked resources. Email webmaster@aashe.org if you have any difficulty with this process.

AASHE Newsletters
We can subscribe to any AASHE newsletters.  AASHE Bulletin is a weekly e-newsletter with the latest campus sustainability news, resources, opportunities, and events.  AASHE Events notifies you about AASHE’s annual conference, workshop, webinars and other AASHE-hosted events.  AASHE Announcements contains updates on important organizational news.

Online Resources
AASHE’s online Resource Center includes assessment tools, policy and program databases, best practices, campus profiles, how-to guides, reports, discussion forums, and other resources. Many of these are member-only so you’ll need an individual member account to access them (see above).

Professional Development
AASHE holds or co-sponsors workshops and webinars throughout the year, plus an annual conference that brings together every sector of higher education as well as business, government, and non-profit participants.  These events offer opportunities to connect with our colleagues at regional, national, and international levels to share resources. As members we receive discounts on all AASHE events.  Check the AASHE calendar for upcoming events.  (Also see AASHE Conference Papers & Presentations Database and STARS Webinars Archives.)

Product and Service Discounts
AASHE business and non-profit members offer occasional product and service discounts for AASHE members. To access the list of discount offers, you must have an individual member account (see above).

STARS Registration Discount
As a member, our institution receives a reduced fee for participating in AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), a standardized, self-administered assessment tool for campuses to benchmark their sustainability progress and compare with others.

Publicity and Recognition
We can submit campus sustainability news and job postings to the AASHE Bulletin (be sure to read the submission guidelines first).  The Bulletin informs over 11,000 subscribers about campus sustainability news, resources, and opportunities.  We can also submit a photo and text for the member spotlight, which highlights efforts at individual campuses and is featured on AASHE’s website.

Professional Awards
Our campus can submit applications for any of AASHE’s awards, including the Campus Sustainability Case Study Award, Student Sustainability Leadership Award, and Student Sustainability Research Award.

Sustainability Officers Directory
AASHE maintains an online directory of campus sustainability/environmental officers to enable us to find and reach out to colleagues doing similar work at other institutions.  It’s a member-only resource, so you’ll need an individual account to access it (see above).

Discussion Forums
Anyone with an individual website account can participate in AASHE’s Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums (read the FAQs and Instructions first). The aim of the forums is to provide a central place for sharing ideas and best practices and for finding answers to questions on topics related to sustainability and higher education.  It’s a great way to gain knowledge from our peers that will help advance our sustainability work.

AASHE Blog
AASHE’s “Campus Sustainability Perspectives” blog features opinions and reports by staff and guests related to campus sustainability. You can read the blog, comment on posts, and request to submit your own items as a guest blogger.  There is also a chronological archive page and a comprehensive list of blogs that are related to campus sustainability.

AASHE Member Logo
We can post the “AASHE Member” logo on our website to emphasize our commitment to sustainability. The logo may also be used on any signage, reports, brochures, and publicity or display materials.  Be sure to read the usage guidelines first.

Governance, Councils, Committees
Anyone from our campus can participate on AASHE’s committees, councils, working groups, and board.

If you have any questions about AASHE or our benefits as a member, email info@aashe.org. Again, every individual on our campus can take advantage of these membership benefits from AASHE, so be sure to set up an account!

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What’s an Eco-Rep?

Eco-Rep peer education programs are becoming increasing popular at universities around the country. Usually, the goal of these programs is to teach students who live on campus about various issues related to sustainability and encourage them to adopt more sustainable living behaviors. This is accomplished by teaching the Eco-Reps about the various topics and training them to be effective communicators so that they can share the information they learn with their friends and neighbors in their residence hall and encourage behavior change.

The Eco-Rep program at NAU is modeled after some of the most successful and popular programs, such as the one at the University of Vermont. Most of the Eco-Reps at NAU do not have sustainability as a focus in their professional goals, but they have gained other valuable skills they know will help them in the future. The students who participate as Eco-Reps report they develop leadership and communication skills and learn a lot about sustainability and environmental issues. They have fun interacting with their peers and sharing their knowledge, and they like knowing they are making a difference.
We would love to have you join our team and help us make a difference, too! We are currently recruiting Eco-Reps for the 2013-14 year. The only requirement is that you must live in a residence hall as you must have access to the hall to complete the program requirements. Although applicants will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis, the priority deadline is September 18 so that participants don’t miss out on important trainings. Go to www.nau.edu/ecorep for additional information and the application.

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Carbon Neutral Laundry in the Residence Halls

Northern Arizona University’s Housing and Residence Life’s partnership with Mac-Gray Campus Solutions has resulted in NAU becoming become one of the first colleges in the state of Arizona and in the Southwest to have a carbon neutral laundry program. NAU is one of about 47 colleges and universities in 17 states that are participating in The “Lighten Our Load” initiative which provides for the installation of water and energy efficient laundry machines and a 100% offset of the calculated 787,655 pounds of carbon dioxide annually produced by NAU residents.

Mac-Gray Campus Solutions partners with Carbonfund.org for their offset projects using the guidelines set forth by the November 2008 ACUPCC Voluntary Carbon Offsets Protocol. To ensure compatibility with ACUPCC protocols, only projects that represent absolute and immediate GHG reductions are chosen for funding.

Housing and Residence Life has demonstrated its commitment to sustainability with ongoing facilities upgrades and retrofits and by providing residential programs that include the Eco-House Learning Community and Eco-Rep peer educators. “We have adopted sustainability as a department-wide value and are looking through that lens in everything that Housing and Residence Life does. Implementing a carbon neutral laundry program is yet another innovative strategy for us in our endeavor to make all of our practices more sustainable,” Scott Perelstein, Associate Director for Facilities.

Pictured, from left to right: Scott Perelstein, Associate Director of Facilities; Cori Cusker, Coordinator for Sustainability; and Dr. Rich Payne, Executive Director, Housing and Residence Life.

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NAU Featured in AASHE STARS Quarterly Review

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“Northern Arizona University’s rating improved to STARS Gold after its second report was submitted in October 2012. Areas of strength in the latest report included the Co-Curricular

Education and Purchasing subcategories:

- The Community-Based Action Research Teams bring first-year students together with graduate students, faculty, and community partners to work on issues of sustainability and community organizing (ER 1)

- Since 2011, a new purchasing policy was adopted requiring that computers be purchased at EPEAT Gold or higher. A new vendor code of conduct was also adopted (OP 10, OP 13).”

https://stars.aashe.org/pages/news-events/publications/2012-publications.html

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Your Chance To Make A Difference At NAU

Housing and Residence Life is still accepting applications for Eco-Reps with the priority deadline being THIS Friday, September 7 at 5 pm. We are looking for students who live on campus that want to make living sustainably a priority for themselves and others. As an Eco-Rep, you will receive ongoing training and education on a variety of environmental topics along with techniques on how to communicate effectively with your friends and neighbors in order to convince them to make changes in their attitudes and lifestyles. If you are looking for a rewarding student leadership position and plan to work in an environmentally focused field after graduation, don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to make a difference at NAU and develop skills that will make you stand out in today’s competitive job market! For more information on the position and how to apply, please go to www.nau.edu/ecorep.

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