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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Community Job Posting

Fred Phillips Consulting homepage

 

Fred Phillips Consulting — a local watershed and ecological restoration firm — is looking for a full time (two years commitment) Landscape Architecture/Restoration Practitioner for their Flagstaff office located in downtown Flagstaff.

Fred Phillips Consulting specializes award winning designs including ecological restoration, parks, trails, wetland delineation, and environmental monitoring and compliance.

Duties for the Landscape Architecture/Restoration Practitioner include (but not limited to):

  1. Completing design concepts and construction documents for wetland and riparian restoration, trails, and parks.
  2. Managing design and restoration construction projects.

    Images of Fred Phillips Consulting

  3. Performing site analysis on restoration sites including wetland delineation, soil salinity surveys, and vegetation mapping.
  4. Assist with project management including acquisition of plant materials, managing field staff, and running survey crews.
  5. Completing ARC GIS mapping of plant and wildlife monitoring projects.
  6. Developing perspective sketches and rendering of designs.
  7. Assist with completing monitoring and grant reports.
  8. Assist with office management as needed.

All applicants must have the following qualifications:

  • A degree in Landscape Architecture, Ecological Restoration, Environmental Engineering or similar.
  • Experience in ecological restoration.
  • Must have strong graphic design and writing skills.
  • Must be able to work independently in a challenging work environment.
  • Must be proficient in AutoCAD, ADOBE CS and Microsoft Office. GIS experience is preferred.
  • Must have own transportation and be willing to travel.
  • Must be willing and able to work in challenging field conditions. Some outdoor guiding/field experience is preferred.

Fred Phillips Consulting offers sick and annual leave, maternity leave, bi-annual bonuses, medical stipend, 401k plan, and more. Start date is immediately with salary D.O.E.

All qualified applicants can send their resume, portfolio and references to fphillips@fphillipsconsulting.com

This job opening will be open and available only through the month of August, so send in your resume, portfolio, and references immediately!

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GNEI Overview Video

After a couple of weeks of hard work, our brand new video is available for your viewing pleasure! The GNEI Overview Video is a short promo featuring the Green NAU Energy Initiative. Check out what we are up to!

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Growing Community Summer Workshop Series!

Gardening in Flagstaff

The Flagstaff Sustainability Program and Flagstaff Foodlink are happy to announce the free 2013 Growing Community Summer Workshop series, featuring topics such as composting, rainwater harvesting, and seed saving! This is a great opportunity for new gardeners who want to learn the basics and well-seasoned gardeners who are looking for new tricks for growing in Flagstaff. Tell us what topics you are interested in learning more about in this poll.

Please register for the workshops so that we know how many handouts to bring. We recommend bringing a hat, water, and a chair if you would like to sit.

Date  Day  Time Location  Topic
 7/10/2013 Wednesday 5:30 pm  Izabel Garden  Composting
 7/13/2013 Saturday 9:30 am  Bonito Garden  No Care Gardening
 7/17/2013 Wednesday 5:30 pm  Izabel Garden  Intro to Permaculture
 7/24/2013 Wednesday 5:30 pm  Bonito Garden  Companion Plants
 7/27/2013 Saturday 9:30 am  SSLUG Garden  Inviting Pollinators to the Garden
 7/31/2013 Wednesday 5:00 pm  Willow Bend  Worm Composting
 8/7/2013 Wednesday 5:30 pm  Izabel Garden  Gardening with Kids
 8/10/2013 Saturday 9:30 am  Bonito Garden  Bold Flavors – Strong Medicine
 8/14/2013 Wednesday 5:30 pm  Bonito Garden  Water Harvesting
 8/20/2013 Tuesday 5:30 pm  Izabel Garden  Preserving Foods
 8/24/2013 Saturday 9:30 am  Bonito Garden  Waffle Gardens
 8/28/2013 Wednesday 5:30 pm  Bonito Garden  Composting
 9/18/2013 Wednesday 5:30 pm  SSLUG Garden  Seed Saving
 9/24/2013 Tuesday 6:00 pm  East Library  Worm Composting

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Need a 1 Credit Class for the Fall Semester?

exploring the wilderness within class fall semester

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Summer Book Review: Karl Weber’s “Food, Inc.”

Gaining infamy in 2008, the film Food, Inc. exposed the dark secrets of the American Food Industry. Director Robert Kenner showcases first hand accounts of animal cruelty, environmental degradation, food-borne illness, and public health concerns via the testimonies of farmers, industry workers, consumers advocates, and people like you. Working with Kenner, author and editor Karl Weber released the participant guide Food, Inc. This film to book companion became a New York Times Best Seller including contributions from experts like Eric Schlosser, Michael Pollan, Anna Lappe, and many more.

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Sustainable Agriculture Scholarships for Students!!!

Annie's Sustainable Ag. Scholarhsips

 

Annie’s is proud to support the next generation of farmers by offering $100,000 in funds to students studying sustainable agriculture.

Applications are not due until October 1, 2013 to December 15, 2013.

Visit this website for more information:

http://www.annies.com/our-practices/farming/agricultural-scholarships/apply/?goback=.gmp_4321408

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