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    “A Call to Life: Variations on a Theme of Extinction”: Unique Pianist/Philosopher NAU Earth Day Performance Calls for Action on Extinction

    Words alone cannot express the urgency of saving the planet’s great diversity of plants and animals from extinction, philosopher/writer Kathleen Dean Moore and concert pianist Rachel McCabe believe. So they have turned to music, joining forces to create a dual performance, “A Call to Life: Variations on a Theme of Extinction.” For the project, Moore weaves a call to safeguard Earth’s abundance into McCabe’s performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Variations on a Theme of Corelli.” The synergy of words and music creates what an audience member called “as powerful a message as one could imagine.”  “It is at once devastating and inspiring, despairing and hopeful,” wrote ocean conservationist Mark Hixon, who…

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    Green Office Certification is Launched!

    The Energy Mentor program is NAU’s premiere energy-conservation behavior change activity. Since the Office of Sustainability has enacted this program in 2012, more than 120 faculty and staff have become Energy Mentors! And the momentum hasn’t stopped there. Many Energy Mentors have encouraged their colleagues to get certified and have spread the word about simple and effective ways to reduce the university’s carbon footprint. Building off the success of the Energy Mentor program, the Office has decided to take it up a notch by launching the Green Office Certification program! The Green Office Certification was developed after it became clear that existing Energy Mentors wanted a path to challenge themselves and…

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    Facility Services Demonstrates Strides in Sustainability

    NAU’s Facility Services department installs a sustainability display case highlighting the multiple sustainable actions taken throughout each shop. From the Paint department’s specific recycling station to Transportation’s recycled motor oil to Custodial’s use of green cleaning products, ever shop is taking some action to help make NAU a safer and more sustainable place for students and employees. In the display case, there’s a small story about what each shop is doing to help the campus community. Click here: Sustainability Display Case or visit the Office of Sustainability and Facility Services (bld 77) to read each of the shops’ statements.

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    NAU’s Aquatic and Tennis Complex earns LEED Gold

    The Aquatic and Tennis Complex at Northern Arizona University has earned LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. NAU now boasts 13 LEED-certified buildings on its Flagstaff campus. The Aquatic and Tennis Complex hosts international and NCAA competition swimming and features team support spaces, locker rooms, a competitive diving facility with an NCAA and FINA dive tower, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, spectator seating and a natural grass turf recreational sports field. The LEED rating system is the foremost international certification program for recognizing buildings and homes that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. The complex was designed to save 41 percent on energy use and 35 percent…

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    Kind Wine Competition Finds Its Winner!

      Green NAU’s Kind Wine Competition (KWC) concluded Sunday (11/6/16) night with a list of winning wines and a room of smiling faces. The event’s mission was to improve the sustainability of wine packaging around the world. Although glass is an age old staple in the wine industry, it has a few environmental drawbacks that don’t make it ideal for transporting liquid. For example, it is very energy intensive to make glass, it’s very heavy so there are increased emissions associated with its transportation, it’s shaped in a way that is not conducive to shipping, and in Flagstaff it is not easily recycled nor is their a local glass recycling…

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    Sierra Club’s “Cool Schools” Rating Announces NAU as a National Leader in Sustainability!

    Northern Arizona University’s Gold Sustainability Ranking Gets it Listed on Sierra Club’s Cool School List Sierra magazine, which is the official publication of the Sierra Club, released its annual “Cool Schools” ranking of the greenest higher education institutions in the nation. After assessing 100’s of schools that participate in an extensive sustainability survey created by the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), NAU ranked 51st in the Nation! The magazine ranks universities based on their commitment to upholding high environmental standards and implementing projects and initiatives that demonstrate this commitment. Innovative research and development, renewable energy installations, educating students in the most advanced thinking on sustainability, and…

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    Kind Wine Competition and Tasting

    Sunday, November 6, 2016, 3-6pm 1899’s Grand Ballroom on NAU’s Flagstaff campus NAU is hosting the first and only sustainable packaging wine competition in the world. Wineries are jumping on the bandwagon as the growing trend for premium or even super premium, appellation-specific, vintage dated, boxed wines increase in availability. You be the judge, and vote for your favorite “People’s Choice Award.” The public tasting follows the sustainable packaging wine competition which will have a panel of professional judges as well as student and alumni participants.   The wine industry is becoming more involved in developing packaging systems that minimize carbon emissions, with recyclable, reusable, and compostable containers. Wines must…

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    Student and Academic Services Wins Two Awards from Interior Lighting Campaign

    The Student and Academic Services (SAS) building won two awards from the US Department of Energy’s Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC) in two categories: Best Use of Lighting Controls in a Single Building and Exemplary Higher Education Sector Site. The Interior Lighting Campaign is “a recognition and guidance program designed to help facility owners and managers take advantage of savings opportunities from high efficiency interior lighting solutions.” All lighting in the building is LED technology and there are varying controls that make it even more energy efficient. In offices, occupancy sensors will automatically turn off lights in unoccupied rooms. Building occupants also have the ability to dim the lights to their…

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    Reflecting on our Accomplishments: Green NAU 2015-2016 Academic Year

    Green NAU becomes stronger each day, consistently reaching the lengths of campus and into the community of Flagstaff with our Culture of Sustainability. The collaboration between faculty, staff, students, and administration has been phenomenal and we have made great progress that will step us closer to our sustainable goals. It is with the support of our student body that we are able to make such tremendous strides towards campus wide sustainability.  Green NAU   During the academic year of 2015-2016, Green NAU was very busy! They assisted in reaching a solar agreement that will put solar panels on top of the San Francisco Parking Garage. In a joint effort with everyone, Green NAU is…

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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…