Northern Arizona University

Alejandro solar w230The Institute for Sustainable Energy Solutions has been working at Northern Arizona University and statewide to engage students in thinking about and finding solutions for our future energy needs. We have worked with a number of NAU departments to incorporate sustainability and renewable energy into course and degree program curriculum, and have been giving presentations in dozens of NAU classes each year. Over the 2013-2014 school year, ISES  worked closely with a group of undergraduate business, engineering, and environmental studies students in preparation for the Department of Energy's inaugural National Collegiate Wind Competition. Find out about the CWC Team here. Work and design has continued through capstone classes, as well as preparation to submit a proposal to the Department of Energy for the 2015-2016 school year.



ISES has worked to build a publicly available curriculum for K-12 that integrates energy literacy and renewable energy. Through the Wind for Schools program, ISES faculty and students are working with nearly 40 elementary, middle and high schools across Arizona to teach about renewable energy and in some cases install small scale wind turbines on campus. Another K-12 energy education initiative included the bicycle generating project.

Community and Policy

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ISES energy experts play an active role in the dialogue about energy issues on the local, regional, and national level. Efforts include: 
  • The Wind and Solar Status Report is designed to provide policy makers, business leaders, and citizens accessible information about the renewable energy developments occurring in each jurisdiction statewide.
  • ISES staff work along side Tribal leaders to establish clear energy policies that will foster sustainable energy development in their communities.
  • ISES staff members have served on technical working groups for national, regional, and local research and policy development. Examples include serving on the group that drafted the Energy Element for Coconino County's Comprehensive Plan, and giving technical presentation to County policymakers, state legislature subcommittees, and the Arizona Corporate Commission.