Campus Sustainability Awards
Sustainability Award Criteria
The purpose of the campus sustainability awards is to recognize those who have enhanced the culture of sustainability on the NAU campus and surrounding community. For the Environmental Caucus, sustainability means increasing the health of our community and our planet through an understanding of, and actions to enhance, the stability, resilience, and diversity of our intertwined natural, social, economic, and cultural systems.
A sustainability award nominee should recognize these links and undertake significant actions resulting in positive impacts to the sustainability our local community. These actions could have a major impact over a short period of time or occur over an extended period.
Categories include: students, student organizations, faculty, staff, and campus organizations or units. Nominees do not have to be active members of the environmental caucus. Applicants must be members of the NAU or local community. The following partial list of previous award winners provides some idea of the kinds of activities recognized in previous years, but nominees’ activities should not be limited to those on this list.
Letters of nomination should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org and include a statement describing the nominee’s role and activities at NAU and the impact of their activities on the sustainability of our community.
Previous Award Winners
- Student president of Campus Climate Challenge, who developed and implemented NAU Green Fund to promote student participation and provide funding for projects to decrease NAU’s environmental impact and community mentor for EcoHouse Living Learning Community.
- NAU campus dining for their numerous activities including the trayless dining program, working with students to establish a sustainability café, transferring used cooking oil to campus buses to use as biofuel, and eliminating bottled water sales in resident dining.
- The founder and chair of the campus transportation action team, TransAT, who organized an integrated approach to bicycle safety and storage, plug-in chargers and solar panels in new parking garages, numerous transportation education events, and provided student internships
- The student co-founder of the NAU Green Fund, founding chair of the Student Environmental Caucus, member of the environmental caucus steering committee, contributor to and promoter of Student Connections, co-organizer of the New York Times/American Democracy Project talks and organizer of Earth Week for 2011.
- A faculty member leading new efforts in community engagement and organizing action research teams to complete sustainability projects with local partners such as the Northern Arizona Interfaith Council and Coconino County’s Sustainable Economic Development Initiative.
- A NAU student group that focused on building and bridging diverse communities in Flagstaff through energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.