• City of Flagstaff,  Food

    Can Flagstaff Go Straw-Free?

    NAU is officially plastic straw-free! Flagstaff is on its way, too! As of the start of the Fall 2018 semester, Norther Arizona University has eliminated plastic straws across campus. Any blended drinks purchased at campus dining facilities are served with compostable straws. Compostable straws are given upon request, rather than automatically with every drink order. Currently, NAU Campus Dining is in the process of changing the drink lids across campus for easier “sipping” with a peel-back tab. Want to do more? Go lid-less! Beyond Campus Straw Free Flag is a collaborative campaign between Green NAU, The Azulita Project, The City of Flagstaff, and other community partners. The ultimate goal of…

  • Composting,  Food,  Student Groups and Organizations,  Waste

    (Sustainable) Food for Thought

      Why are trays and trash cans absent in the NAU dining halls? And what is this stunning machine pictured below? Both are indicators of how Dining Services is making leaps and bounds when it comes to sustainability.     How much do we waste? Meal production, from planning to cleanup, can have big impacts on the environment. Estimates put food waste in America at 30-40%. That means ordering a pizza and immediately throwing away two delicious cheesy hot slices. Painful, no? And there’s a resource-rich history behind each of those pizza slices. Energy, water, animal feed, fertilizer, pesticides, transportation – these are all parts of food production. By reducing…

  • Events,  Food,  Uncategorized

    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…

  • Food,  Sustainability,  Sustainable Living

    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.

  • Food

    Hungry for Local Alternative Food?

    Check out Local Alternative’s monthly Supper Club! The Flagstaff Supper Club; an opportunity to eat fresh, delicious and highly nutritious food w/ tremendous local value. Our ingredients are purveyed from local sources year round. This includes all the organic quality Meats and Produce as well as the Legumes, Dairy and Bakery. We look forward to serving you a special meal and in the enjoyment of it all learning what you would like for your next Supper. All meals served from 5:30 to 7:00pm at The Green Room – 15 N. Agassiz St, Flagstaff Next Supper Club Events: Oct. 11th 2012: Moonrise Farms, Music: Pick n’ Grin 6pm, Live Jazz 6:30pm…

  • Food,  New and Announcements,  Transportation

    Spring Break Ride for School Gardens

    Sam Hagler and Tim McKinley—two Graduate students in the Sustainable Communities program—have decided to throw the traditional spring break to the wind and participate in a worthy cause instead. According to their facebook page their mission is to: bicycle 250 miles in Northern California, to raise awareness for the importance of school gardens as supplementary educational tools. With your help, we hope to raise $5,000 to support the schools’ independent gardening programs. The money they raise will be used to fund school garden projects in the Flagstaff area in coordination with the Foodlink and School Gardens Aciton Research Teams (ARTs) on campus. Currently, they have raised $375 of their $5,000…

  • Food

    Flagstaff Garden Starts CSA has shares left!

    The Flagstaff Garden Starts CSA still has some shares left! If you sign up for a share you will get: –20 packs of high quality vegetables starts –onion bulbs –7 varieties of seeds for direct sowing This project is an initiative of Flagstaff Foodlinkand we are partnering with Native Plant and Seed. Your dollars help to support Foodlink’s mission to connect the Greater  Flagstaff area to local, regional food. More specifically, your membership to the Garden Starts CSA will help support school gardens throughout Flagstaff. You are also supporting local agriculture and will become part of the community of backyard and front yard gardeners. Individuals who qualify for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition…