Northern Arizona University
Northern Arizona University energy
educators work across campus 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 give presentations in dozens of NAU classes each year.
Over the 2013-2014 school year, NAU managed 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 the submission of a proposal to
the Department of Energy for the 2015-2016 competition year.
Energy educators at NAU worked to
build a publicly available curriculum for K-12 that integrates energy literacy
and renewable energy. Through the Wind for Schools program, NAU staff and students have worked 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
NAU energy experts play an active role in the dialogue about
energy issues on the local, regional, and national level. Efforts
- The Wind and Solar Status Report is designed to provide
policy makers, business leaders, and citizens with accessible information
about the renewable energy developments occurring in each jurisdiction
- NAU faculty and staff work alongside tribal leaders to support
the development of energy policies that will foster sustainable energy solutions
for their communities.
- NAU’s energy research faculty and staff 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.