Green Fund Projects

The NAU Green Fund has funded various projects around campus.  Click on one of the project titles to learn more about it.

SSLUG Rainwater Harvest Cistern

Details about this project coming soon! 

    Dyson Airblades

    Students with Dyson Airblade project presentation

    Students in Reilly Hall’s freshman learning community Eco House proposed the installation of Dyson Airblade hand dryers in order to reduce the hall’s environmental impact and use fewer paper towels. 

    Approval date: March 23, 2012
    Approved budget: $11,850

    Milestones

    1. Project approval.
    2. Finalized paperwork with the Green Fund and Dyson Airblades.
    3. Presented project idea at the first annual Green Fund Symposium.
    4. Airblade installation.
    5. Data collection and analysis.
    6. Project completion.
    Dyson Project Timeline
    Local FARE Composting Program

    Local FARE

    Local FARE (Fostering Agricultural Research and Enterprise) researched large-scale composting at Northern Arizona University with the goal of developing an informed plan for continued implementation of complete and comprehensive composting of food waste on campus.

    Approval date: February 17, 2012
    Approved budget: $8,363

    Milestones

    1. Project approval.
    2. Started background research and working with Campus Dining.
    3. Met with university grounds crew on operations for new research facility.
    4. Hired student compost technicians for summer.
    5. Started to collect data of waste and carbon diverted and attended first annual Green Fund Symposium.
    6. Project completion.
    Local FARE project timeline
    VeloComposting Program

    VeloComposting

    Velo Composting uses bicycles to collect and transport organic matter for compositing in campus gardens.

    This project collaborates with SSLUG, the student organization that manages the garden behind the SBS West building. VeloComposting reduces waste and carbon emissions, builds soil for sustainable food production, and actively engages students in community and sustainability work.

    Approval date: February 17, 2012
    Approved budget: $7,273.11 

    Milestones

    1. Project approval.
    2. Tested bikes and trailers on pickup route.
    3. Mass distributed flier marketing student composting positions.
    4. Collected data from first two weeks for program.
    5. Presented findings at the spring ARTs symposium.
    6. Project completion.
    VeloComposting Timeline
    Free compliments

    Free Compliments

    Student ambassadors in the Office of Sustainability give out “Free Compliments” on campus. This project helps increase awareness about sustainability initiatives, and builds support for future sustainability efforts. 

    Approval date: November 18, 2011
    Approved budget: $460

     Milestones

    1. Project approval.
    2. Made “Free Compliments” signs and spread initiative through word of mouth.
    3. Free compliments given to students.
    4. Offered free coffee to students with reusable mugs.
    5. Presented project summary at first annual Green Fund Symposium.
    6. Project completion.
    Free Compliments Timeline
    Bike-powered charging station

    Bike-powered charging station

    Students designed, constructed, and installed a bicycle-powered charging station to demonstrate the capabilities of a human-powered renewable energy system. 

    The system generates electricity when a student pedals the bicycle, which allows the student to charge an electronic device with a charger provided at the station. This provides students with an opportunity to understand and compare the amount of energy required to power an electronic device like a cell phone with the amount of energy they are able to produce pedaling a bicycle.

    Approval date: November 18, 2011
    Approved budget: $2,900 

    Milestones

    1. Project approval.
    2. Built and finished bike blender construction.
    3. Purchased project materials and finalized designs.
    4. Complete construction and installation of charging station.
    5. Attended Green Fund Symposium.
    6. Project completion.
    Bike-powered charging station timeline
    NORESCO Energy Conservation Through Behavior Change (ECTBC)

    NORESCO student presentation

    NORESCO ECTBC and the Human Behavior Energy Audit (HBEA) is an exploratory field research process that identifies and assesses current levels of energy-related human characteristics.  

    Using a combination of organizational archival data, HBEA interviews, focus groups, and survey results, the audit identifies specific behaviors that have a significant impact on the environment and/or the organization’s energy costs, and that present the greatest opportunity for change.

    Approval date: November 18, 2012
    Approved budget: $32,000

    Milestones

    1. Project approval.
    2. Focus groups with over 250 participants, comprised of faculty, staff, and students.
    3. Survey sent out to all of campus, which received over 3,500 responses.
    4. Audit completed and final deliverable sent to the university.
    Earth Week
    The Green Fund sponsors the annual Earth Week event on campus.
    WACBAT interns

    The Green Fund provided funding for four Weatherization and Community Building Action Team (WACBAT) student interns. 

    Approval date: August 29, 2011
    Approved budget: $12,800

     Milestones

    1. Project approval.
    2. Canvassed at Make a Difference Day to raise awareness about utility bills.
    3. Held retrofitting events to educate the community about energy efficiency and savings.
    4. Organized the Black Out event to have everyone turn off their lights.
    5. Attended the first annual Green Fund Symposium.
    6. Project completion.
    WACBAT Timeline
    NAU Recycling

    Recycling

    Student organizers worked closely with building managers, administrators, capital assets, and students to implement a campus-wide recycling project.  

    Approval date: February 14, 2011
    Approved budget: $20,125.79 

    Milestones

    1. Project approval.
    2. Completed outreach activity.
    3. Chosen bins purchased.
    4. Distributed bins with recycling decals.
    5. Attended the first annual Green Fund Symposium.
    6. Project completion.
    Recycling project timeline
    Campus organic gardener

    SSLUG presentation poster

    This projects funds student intern pay and the operational costs of the SSLUG garden on South Campus. [developer NOTE: link to SSLUG Garden]

    Approval date: February 14, 2011
    Approved budget: $14,500

    Milestones

    1. Project approval.
    2. First seed planting and seedling transplant.
    3. Invited various groups to the garden for tours and for volunteer work.
    4. Held the raised bed construction workshop.
    5. Finalized the marketing with signs at the garden site and attended the first annual Green Fund Symposium.
    6. Project completion.
    SSLUG project timeline
    Skystream Wind Turbine

    Skystream wind turbine at the Applied Research and Development building

    The Skystream wind turbine was installed on the southwest corner of the Applied Research and Development building

    Since installed, this wind turbine has prevented the release of about 413 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

    Approval date: February 14, 2011
    Approved budget: $25,000 

    Milestones

    1. Project approval.
    2. Purchase materials for turbine installation.
    3. Northern Arizona University president John Haeger approved design.
    4. Turbine installed.
    5. Live stats made available online.
    6. Project completion.
    Skystream project timeline
    Residence hall energy competition

    Students participated in a project to identify behavior changes and what motivates people to reduce their energy use.  

    Ten randomly-selected residence halls competed in a competition to reduce their energy consumption.

    Approval date: October 10, 2010
    Approved budget: $25,000

    Milestones

    1. Project approval.
    2. Residence halls selected (Sechrist, Reilly, McConnell, and McKay)
    3. Recruited volunteers from Ecohouse Learning Community.
    4. Worked with Residence Life to put up signs in residence halls.
    5. Competition held in the residence halls.
    6. Project completion.
    Residence Hall competition project timeline
    Water bottle refill stations

    Water refill station

    Net Impact, a student organization that promotes sustainable business practices, installed four water bottle refill stations on campus, and distributed reusable water bottles around campus.

    Recent research suggests that retrofitting the drinking fountains reduces waste, saves water, and helps the university meet its campus sustainability goals of reducing its carbon footprint and becoming carbon neutral by 2020.

    Approval date: February 14, 2011
    Approved budget: $6,185.36

    Milestones

    1. Project approval
    2. Paperwork finalized.
    3. Installed two refill stations in Franke College of Business.
    4. Collected data on how much water the refill stations saved.
    5. Attended the first annual Green Fund Symposium.
    6. Project completion.
    Water refill station project timeline
    Sustainable Landscape Maintenance Project

    Sustainable Landscape Maintenance Project team

    The Sustainable Landscape Maintenance Project designated several campus lawn and rock mulch areas as sustainable landscape maintenance areas, which are maintained using the best organic, non-toxic practices available. 

    Approval date: January 19, 2011
    Approved budget: $26,952 

    Milestones

    1. Project approval.
    2. Test sites and control plots chosen.
    3. Collected data from all test plots for high pH levels.
    4. Created final report.
    5. Attended the first annual Green Fund Symposium.
    6. Project completion.
    Sustainable Landscape Maintenance Project timeline
    Biomass Feasibility

    This project is a study that will examine the costs and benefits of establishing a biomass energy facility designed to meet some or all of the south campus energy requirements. Biomass energy production involves woody waste to generate energy by either burning the material directly or burning gas derived from the material.

    Approval date: April 15, 2013
    Approved budget: $10,000.00 

    Milestones

    1. Project approval.
    2. Pre-work conference with TSS Consultants.
    3. Biomass resource availability review.
    4. Perform technology analysis.
    5. Analyze Net Air Emissions Impact economic assessment.
    6. Project completion with feasibility study report and recommendations.
    Step 3 Completion
    Bicycle Hub

    Bike Shop Hub

    The NAU Bike HUB is a welcoming work-space that provides free service, the free use of tools and space, and a small supply of affordable spare parts and accessories to NAU students. The space acts as a vector for connecting bicycle-related activities and groups on campus, such as the common student cyclist, the NAU Cycling Club and Team, Tri-Jacks, the Yellow Bike Program, NAU Outdoors’ bicycle related courses, and Velo-Composting. By connecting these people and organizations, cycling as a form of transportation, health, and recreation will be more highly promoted on campus. Find us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/naubicyclehub

    Approval date: November 15, 2012
    Approved budget: $19,250.00 

    Milestones

    1. Project approval.
    2. Finalized relationship between surrounding bike shops, bike hub, and the Green Fund.
    3. Ordered parts for the hub and organize space in the Health and Learning center.
    4. Plan and execute outreach events to educate people about the hub and cycling maintenance and culture.
    5. Attended Green Fund Symposium and display work.
    6. Project completion.
    Local FARE project timeline
    Dry-Erase Markers

    Dry-Erase Markers

    Funded by the Green Fund, the Auspen Dry-Erase Marker Project is an endeavor to place re-usable dry-erase markers in our classrooms and labs. As it stands now, Franke College of Business and Adel Mathematics have participated in this trial-run to test the feasibility of the markers. Both departments expressed an overall positive outlook on their experiences and are considering the switch from their stock of single-use dry-erase markers to the Auspen re-usable ones. We hope to get more colleges involved moving forward!

    Approval date: October 19, 2012
    Approved budget: $500.00 

    Milestones

    1. Project approval.
    2. Finalized paper between Auspen Dry-Erase Markers and the Green Fund.
    3. Ordered Markers for Mathematics and Statistics building and the W.A. Franke College of Business.
    4. Distributed markers with correct labels.
    5. Attended Green Fund Symposium and analyzed data.
    6. Project completion.
    Dry-erase Markers project timeline