NAU Earth Week Calendar- 2017

NAU’s Earth Month celebration is coming up fast! Join us for an entire month's worth of events to celebrate this exciting holiday and all the fantastic, sustainable things NAU has to offer! We hope to see you there!

For information on green events happening year-round, check out the Green NAU calendar.

All Week:

From April 17-21, NAU Campus dining will be hosting SLOW Food lunch menus at the Hot Spot, which will include local, organic, whole foods.

--NAU Campus Dining

Saturday, April 1

6:15-9:00pm, Wild & Scenic Film Festival // Orpheum Theater

Join the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project for our 8th AnnualWild & Scenic Film Festival benefit event. Doors open at 6:15 pm, Film program starts at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $14 for general admission and $12 for students. Suitable for all ages! This year's event will include music by Sihasin, a raffle, and silent auction. In addition to several excellent short wildlife and conservation films selected from the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour program, our feature film will be the newly finished film Gray Area: Wolves of the Southwest. More information can be found here.

--Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project

Tuesday, April 4

4:00-6:00pm, Sustainable Citizen Workshop // ARD Large Pod

If you’re an NAU student, you should be a Sustainable Citizen! Visit our site ( to learn more about the program and register. We highly recommend you register before attending a session but if you haven’t registered and still want to come check it out, please do! Email with questions.

--Sustainable Citizen Program

Friday, April 7

8:30-9:30am, Energy Mentor Coffee Social //University Union Starbucks

If you are an Energy Mentor, please join us for a engaging conservation and of course, coffee! Coffee is on us. As always, BYOM (Bring Your Own Mug). We will be having a special talk from Evin Deschamps from Student Learning Centers as well as Sheila Anders from Center for International Education. They will be discussing their own sustainable solutions and tips for achieving the highest levels on the Green Office Certification. If you are interested in greening your office through our certification program, you will not want to miss this coffee social! Please email if you are interested in attending. 

--Energy Mentors and Green Office Certification Program

12:30-2:00pm, Energy Mentor Training //ARD Small Pod

Interested in learning how to reduce your power consumption and conserve energy? Then join other faculty and staff across campus in this interactive workshop on energy conservation and behavior change science. Lunch is also provided! Please email if you are interested in attending. 

--Energy Mentors and Green Office Certification Programs

7:30-9:00pm, Green is the New Black Eco-Fashion Show //Ashurst Auditorium

We all have the ability to be creative and think about new ways to reuse and transform items that may typically be considered waste, so come get inspired, support our designers, and help teach the community about sustainability!

--NAU Housing and Residence Life, Eco-Reps 

Monday, April 10

6:00-8:30pm, SEED Film Screening // Cline Auditorium, MAYBE The Orpheum

More than a cautionary tale of “man against nature,” the remarkable story of seeds is an epic “good-versus-evil” saga playing out in our modern lives. For more information on the film, and to watch the trailer, view this webpage.

--NAU First Year Seminar Program

Tuesday April 11

4:00-5:00pm, Why Science Matters: Agriculture // NAU Physical Sciences rm. 103

Dr. Tim Crews of the Land Institute will be presenting on "Making Agriculture Great Again (For the First Time)." This is part of LCI's Spring Speaker Series, "Why Science Matters: Standing up for evidence and action to meet today's environmental challenges." In the age of "alternative facts," it's more important than ever for scientists to communicate the relevance of their work.

--Land Conservation Initiative

6:30-7:30pm, Dr. Tom English: Faith and Climate, Successes and Challenges.// St. Francis de Asis Parish, 1600 E. Historic Rt. 66 

Dr. Tom English, a person of faith and scientist, will address residents in Prescott, Flagstaff and Sedona on April 11-12, 2017. Dr. English has lectured widely on issues of climate change and creation care for over 30 years. He has been well-received wherever he has spoken. Dr. English is the Creation Care Educator for the Presbyterian Church's Synod of Southern California and Hawaii. He frequently lectures on environmental issues to university, civic, industrial, and church groups. He has lectured at over one hundred universities, and has given eight White House presentations. He is ranked in the top 0.1 % of the Climate Reality Project’s speakers program. Dr. Tom will review much of the progress in faith communities around climate change, the growing concern and outreach about climate change, and some of the major challenges facing the need to understand and act.

--Slow Climate

Wednesday April 12

1:00-2:00pm, Dr. Tom English: Climate Change, Science and Solutions. // Java Love Restaurant, 2155 AZ-89A #118, Sedona, AZ 86336.  

Dr. English will  address some of the major scientific causes and effects linked to climate change, the costs of delay, and the spread of climate change solutions.

--Slow Climate

6:30-7:30pm, Dr. Tom English: Pope Francis’ Laudato // Sacred  Heart’s School gymnasium,131 N. Summit Ave Prescott, Az.  86301
Dr. English will review some of the players behind this important document, the science described in the document, the unusual messages of the document, the support it is receiving, and the need to spread further its message.
--Slow Climate

Thursday, April 13

5:00-7:00pm, Sustainability Leadership Awards // Native American Cultural Center
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. Learn more about the awards.
--NAU Environmental Caucus 

Tuesday, April 18

4:00-5:00pm, Why Science Matters: Biodiversity // Physical Sciences rm. 103

Dr. Sara Souther of the University of Wisconsin-Madison will be presenting on "Looking within the range: Species' response to climate change." This is part of LCI's Spring Speaker Series, "Why Science Matters: Standing up for evidence and action to meet today's environmental challenges." In the age of "alternative facts," it's more important than ever for scientists to communicate the relevance of their work.

--Land Conservation Initiative

6:30-8:00pm, Agriculture to Appetites: A Community Roundtable on Sustaining Working Landscapes in Changing Arizona
Agriculture to Appetites is a free roundtable community discussion about the sustainability of regional agriculture in the face of a warming climate, rising land prices, and other challenges. Hear local experts on sustainable agriculture, then discuss and brainstorm with neighbors. The event is for growers, cooks, and eaters! Check out their FaceBook event here
--NAU Sustainable Communities Master’s Program
6:00-7:00pm, Weekly Green Jacks Meeting. Kaibab Room in the Union's Fieldhouse

Green Jacks, also known as the Student Environmental Caucus, seek to create a culture of sustainability on campus. As an organization, the Green Jacks respond to the interests of its members. 

--NAU Green Jacks

7:00-8:00pm, Northern AZ Audubon Society Meeting // Shepard of the Hills Lutheran Church

A powerful combination of science, education, and policy expertise combine in efforts ranging from protection and restoration of local habitats to the implementation of policies that safeguard birds, other wildlife, and the resources that sustain us all—in the U.S. and across the Americas.

--NAZ Audubon Society

Wednesday, April 19

11:00-12:00pm, Boiler Tour, meet by the east entrance to Adele Mathematics 

Join us for this really cool, educational experience! Come check out where all your hot water on campus comes from, and more!

--NAU Facility Services, Utility Department

11:00-3:00pm, Open Air Market // NAU Campus Pedway

We will highlight fresh, seasonal produce grown in Arizona as well as local hand-crafted artisan foods and crafts from NAU and northern Arizona. 

--NAU Campus Dining

1:00-2:15pm, Environmental Caucus State of Sustainability Address // ARD Large Pod

We will be discussing the state of sustainability at NAU and exploring possible ways to incorporate environmentally conscious practices in the future. 

--NAU Environmental Caucus 

Friday, April 21

9:30-10:30am, Transportation Action Team Meeting // ARD Large Pod

This action team focuses on transportation issues on and around the NAU campus in relation to sustainability efforts.

--Environmental Caucus

3:00-8:00pm, Earth Jam! // NAU Central Quad

Earth Jam is an engaging festival where students, student groups and student performers will celebrate sustainability on campus through solidarity. Performances: Nice Trip, Vagabond, Sol Drop, Tiny Bird, Dub and Down w/ the Blues, A Band Called Sports

--NAU Green Jacks

5:00-7:00pm, Food Symposium // Kinsey Elementary School

Students from food classes across campus will be showcasing their research and work over the semester, local non-profit food groups will be there, and students will be pitching community-based projects for funding.

--NAU First Year Seminar Program 

EARTH DAY, Saturday, April 22

9:00-10:30am, Community Clean Up // Heritage Square

As the kick-off for the city’s Earth Day Celebration, Flagstaff will be hosting a community clean up to pick up trash and make our town even more beautiful. Participants will return to Heritage Square by 10:30am.

--City of Flagstaff

11:00-2:00pm, City of Flagstaff Earth Day Celebration // Heritage Square

Local organizations and vendors will be hosting interactive and engaging tabling events to help educate the public, in addition to the free workshops on the County Courthouse Front Lawn.  These workshops include Organic Bee Keeping, Backyard Chicken Keeping and Backyard Goat Keeping. Enjoy the live entertainment on the square! Samatuque will kick our entertainment off at 11:00 am, with other performances TBA.

--City of Flagstaff

Monday, April 24

7:00-9:00pm, Earth Month Keynote - A Call to Life: Variations on a Theme of Extinction // Ardrey Auditorium

This hour-long performance about climate change, based on Moore's recently published powerful book, Great Tide Rising: Towards Clarity and Moral Courage in a Time of Planetary Uncertainty, combines spoken word with Rachmaninoff's haunting Variations on a Theme of Corelli. Tickets can be picked up at the Central Ticketing Office and are free. 

--NAU First Year Seminar Program, Sustainable Citizen Program

Tuesday, April 25

12:00-1:30pm Sustainable Communities Brownbag: The Azulita Project // SBS West Lounge

Lainie Giovale and Maria Campbell will show a short film, "Plastico," and discuss the formation of the Azulita Project, an innovative community-based effort to clean up ocean pollution along beaches in Guerrero, Mexico. 

--NAU Sustainable Communities Master’s Program

6:00-8:00pm, Better World Seminar Series Debate // International Pavilion

Come join us for a fascinating debate on an important environmental issue! Topic TBA.

--NAU Green Jacks

Wednesday, April 26

11:00-3:00pm, Last Spring 2017 Open Air Market // NAU Campus Pedway

We will highlight fresh, seasonal produce grown in Arizona as well as local hand-crafted artisan foods and crafts from NAU and northern Arizona. 

--NAU Campus Dining

Friday, April 28

Noon-1:00pm, ARBOR DAY!! Arboretum Walk, NAU North Quad

Join Greenhouse manager Phil Patterson with a tour of North Campus' Arboretum. Meet outside Old Main at noon.

--NAU Greenhouses

Saturday, April 29

2:00-5:00pm, Climate March on Flagstaff, Begin at Flagstaff City Hall

--Together We Will Northern Arizona