Sustainability Leadership Awards

NAU Sustainability Leadership Awards

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 of our local community. These actions could have an impact over a short period of time or occur over an extended period.
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Nomination Categories: 

Nomination Deadline: February 29th, 2016

When/Where: The awarding ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 14th at the Native American Cultural Center beginning at 5pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Who can apply? Nominees do not have to be active members of the Environmental Caucus. Applicants must be members of NAU or the local community. 

How do I nominate? Use the button above "Click Here to Nominate" and fill out the online form OR you may upload a letter of nomination and a letter of support.

Letters of nomination: If you choose to submit a letter of nomination, they should be submitted through the online form and include a statement describing the nominee’s role and activities, and the impact of their activities on the sustainability of our community.



We would like to give a special thanks to Suzanne Botello, who annually designs and creates customized awards using recycled materials only! You have been a great help and your creativity has put many smiles on the winners' faces. Thank you for putting so much work and inspiration into your pieces, making them very special for anyone who receives them!

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:


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.