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: http://ahesc.org/program).

Check back later for details on carpooling to the event. Or email me at Ellen.Vaughan@nau.edu

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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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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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 Dylan.Rust@nau.edu.

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 Dylan.Rust@nau.edu. 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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The NAU Green Fund is Now Open For Business!


Green Fund Committee


It is that time of year again… grant proposal time! The NAU Green Fund is now accepting applications for projects for the 2013-2014 school year! For those of you who don’t know, each student at the Flagstaff Mountain Campus pay a five-dollar Green Fee towards what is known as the Green Fund. That money can be allocated for environmental and sustainability based projects on-campus created by students likes you!

In order to apply for a Green Fund grant, you must come to one proposal workshop. We will be holding numerous ones through the school year in Cline Library, Room 200. See below for dates and times.

September 18- Proposal Workshop in Cline Library, Room 200 (4:30-5:30 pm)

September 19-Proposal Workshop in Cline Library, RM 200 (4:30-5:30 pm)

October 2 –Proposal Workshop in Cline Library, RM 200 (4:30-5:30 pm)

October 3- Proposal Work in Cline Library, RM 200 (4:30-5:30 pm)

October 9-1st round of GF Applications due

October 30- Proposal Workshop in Cline Library, RM 200 (6:00-7:00 pm)

November 6-2nd round of GF applications due

I hope you all consider applying for a Green Fund grant and thank you for doing your part in creating a culture of sustainability on-campus!



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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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At Home Sustainability

Not living in the Resident Halls this year? Are you a “do it yourself” kind of person? Or maybe interested in sustainable home projects? Either way, we have your fix! Read the rest of this entry »

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New Fall Course: Environmental Injustice Through Film

Check out this new course brought to you by the Department of Politics and International Affairs! Starting this upcoming Fall 2013 semester, Environmental Injustice through Film will be available for students to take. Taught by Dr. John Hultgren, this course looks will consider complex questions through films that highlight different aspects of the human/nature relationship, and readings that will help us critically engage with the films. Some issues that may be covered in this course include:

  • Agriculture and migrant workers
  • Indigeneity and “wilderness”
  • Colonialism and natural resource extraction
  • Toxic chemicals and race
  • The enclosure of the commons
  • Industrial food production and animal rights

Films used to demonstrate these issues will include: Avatar, The Milagro Beanfield War, Fast Food Nation, There Will Be Blood, and Men with Guns (among other fiction and non-fiction works)

The course will be offered Mon/Wed 9:10-10:25am and film screenings will be on Fridays online.

Seats need to be filled! Sign up now!

If you have any questions, please contact John Hultgren at: john.hultgren@nau.edu



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