Green NAU

NAU Sustainability Leadership Awards

Nomination Categories:
  • NAU Graduate Student - Hooper Sustainability Cash Prize (up to $1300)
  • NAU Undergraduate Student - Hooper Sustainability Cash Prize (up to $1200)
  • NAU Organization
  • NAU Faculty or Staff
  • NAU Leadership Award
  • Flagstaff Community Project
click here to nominate

Student Involvement

Join NAU's Student Environmental Club the Green Jacks!

2014 Recycling Update

The Union, Castro SBS, Liberal Arts, and the Babbitt Administrative Center are participating in NAU's new Recycling Pilot. If you use these buildings, learn how you can help make the Pilot Project be a success! View the details for the University Union and the details for Castro SBS, Liberal Arts, and the Babbitt Administrative Center.

Visit our Recycling at NAU's website to learn more about how and what to recycle across campus.

Sustainability-Related positions:


    There are three paid opportunities for students interested in sustainability!

    Facility Services: Planning Design and Construction

    Green Building: Materials Intern


    This internship position will provide the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge on sustainable design elements. This individual will work closely with the Green Building Coordinator and Project Managers to identify design and material standards for future buildings on campus. In addition, the intern will gain exposure to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification and the AASHE STARS (Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) program; two rating systems that provide recognition for Northern Arizona University for its leadership role in sustainability.

    This position will assist Northern Arizona University in their efforts to reduce costs and greenhouse gas emissions associated with building materials, and provide a student with an opportunity to become familiar with ecological design techniques, life-cycle analysis, and sustainable purchasing strategies. The materials analysis will be summarized and presented at the conclusion of the internship to provide recommendations for campus design standards.


    • Assist in green materials research and sourcing
    • Design and maintain a green building materials data base
    • Set up data reporting schemes for sustainable purchases
    • Coordinate with project managers and various trades staff
    • Carry out various tasks related to the certification process as needed.


    •  Must be an NAU student living in Flagstaff AZ
    • Majoring in Engineering, Construction Management, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies or similar.
    • Strong oral and written communication skills.

    To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Megan Burke


    Office of Sustainability

    Sustainabilty Film Maker


    The person chosen for this position will develop an orientation video for new employees on sustainable practices at NAU. A basic storyline will be provided, but it is subject to change.


    Ability to work independently without general direction. Attention to detail. Ability to film locations. Familiarity with Premiere or Final Cut Pro a must. Video Editing, Sound Equalizing skills

    Supplies Included: Tripod and DSLR camera

    To apply send letter of interest, resume, and examples of previous film work by email to Ellen Vaughan.

      Green Fund

      Green Fund Committee Member


      The NAU Green Fund promotes student participation in and provides funding for projects that contribute to the University’s culture of sustainability. Projects should, for example, aim to increase the amount of renewable energy used on campus, increase energy and water efficiency in campus operations, or engage and educate the student body on sustainability issues. The NAU Green Fund is supported by student fees and donations. A student-majority review committee and the Office of Sustainability are responsible for management of the fund.


      The Green Fund Committee is primarily responsible for reviewing project applications and determining fund allocation. They are also involved in publicizing and promoting the NAU Green Fund, assessing project effectiveness, and hosting an annual Green Fund Project Symposium. The committee consists of four parts: first; a student Committee Chair who is hired by the Office of Sustainability, second; a student Executive Board all of which have a role they are elected into, third; a faculty/staff Advisory Board, and lastly; the non-voting Green Fund Manager. The entire voting committee is composed of six students (maximum of two graduate students), one faculty member, one administrative staff member, and one Facility Services representative.

      How do I apply?

      Undergraduate and Graduate students of all majors are encouraged to apply. The term of service is one academic year (maximum 2 concurrent terms), and the applicant must be enrolled at NAU for the duration of the term. Fill out the following application and submit via email to the and Anastasia Cheifetz.

      Applications Due by March 31

      If you have an idea for how to help NAU become more sustainable, contact the Office of Sustainability to see if you can turn your idea into an internship!