• 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…

  • Academics,  Accomplishments,  Climate Change,  community,  Education,  Energy,  Environment,  New and Announcements,  Renewable Energy,  Sustainability,  Sustainable Landscapes,  Sustainable Living,  Uncategorized,  Waste,  Water

    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…

  • community,  Environment,  Sustainability,  Sustainable Living,  Uncategorized,  Waste

    It’s Time to Leave Green!

    Now 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…

  • Waste

    America Recycles Day

    Flagstaff 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…

  • Waste

    Slash the Trash Waste Audit Results

    The 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…

  • Waste

    Help Slash the Trash at the Skydome

    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.