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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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America Recycles Day

America Recycles DayFlagstaff and NAU are celebrating America Recycle’s Day by engaging the campus community to reduce, reuse and recycle today and on a daily basis. Students will be in the University Union Point from 11-2:30 with information and games for student to learn how to reduce your impact and win prizes. Come by the tabling in the University Union to sign the America Recycles Day pledge and win.

Also the City of Flagstaff Sustainability Program invites you to join them at area grocery stores to celebrate America Recycles Day and learn about recycling in Flagstaff. Participate in a quick recycling game to receive a free reusable shopping bag and the chance to win $25 in groceries. City staff and volunteers will be at the following locations from 4 – 6 pm: Fry’s (Switzer Canyon), Bashas’ (Woodlands Village), Safeway (Highway 89), and Albertsons (E Route 66).

For more information or to take the pledge to recycle, visit americarecyclesday.org.

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Slash the Trash Waste Audit Results

Homecoming Waste AuditThe Slash the Trash event at the Skydome on homecoming weekend was a huge success. We had over 20 volunteers come out to sort through waste generated by the Homecoming game and tailgating activities. Here is what we found:

Cardboard: 423 lbs.
Landfill: 1285 lbs.
Food Waste: 340 lbs.
Recycling: 433 lbs.
Pepsi Cups: 133 lbs.
Glass: 133 lbs.
Bathroom: 50 lbs.
Liquid: 278 lbs.

All the waste adds up to 3,072 total pounds! Here are the percentages:

13.77% Carboard
41.83% Landfill
11.07% Food Waste
14.10% Recycling
4.33% Pepsi Cups
4.23% Glass
1.63% Bathroom
9.05% Liquid

In total, we diverted 986 pounds from the landfill into recycling! That’s 32.1%!

All of this information will serve as our baseline for future waste reduction at football games. Check out photos from the event on the Green NAU facebook page.

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Help Slash the Trash at the Skydome

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NAU is performing a waste audit of the homecoming game waste stream at 10am on Sunday, October 20, to determine how to reduce our impact on campus and we need volunteers! All volunteers who commit to a 3 hour shift will be rewarded with Dining Dollars.

To volunteer email us at green@nau.edu.

Volunteers need:

  • Sneakers
  • Water Bottle
  • Attire for being outside
  • Be prepared to get dirty!

Come early for free coffee and snacks. We’ll have a clean up station for after the audit. Meet at the dumpster at the corner of McConnell and San Francisco Street, below the Skydome.

 

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