Green Fund Projects

2010-2013 Project Review Update: Emissions Analysis

2013-2015 Project Review Update: Emissions Analysis 
Archived Projects prior to 2015 


NAU Earth Week
The Green Fund sponsors the annual Earth Week event on campus by buying t-shirts and providing support for the main speaker. Earth week consists of events that get students engaged in NAU’s commitment to sustainability. These events include the Sustainability Awards Ceremony hosted by the Environmental Caucus, the Green Is The New Black-Eco Fashion Show hosted by residence life, speakers, workshops, and more activities both on campus and in the flagstaff community.



Approval Date: November 17, 2017

Approved Budget: $29,092.50

O2GO reusable containers from the OZZI system eliminate the volume of plastic and foam products often associated with food service operations, lessening the dependency on fossil fuels and reducing your carbon footprint.


Multimodal Plan

Approval Date: November 10, 2017

Approved Budget: $23,100

A campus wide assessment for a plan to improve overall campus transit circulation and safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, buses, and personal vehicles. This will reduce carbon emissions by evaluating and reducing campus vehicle congestion, and promote multimodal transportation by improving campus infrastructure.

 Multimodal plan 


LED Lighting on Campus

Approval Date: 10.13.17

Approval Budget: $3,675

New LED lighting was installed in Facility Services, the Paint Shop, and the Spray Booth, minimizing output wattage consumed and saving approximately 60% of energy.

Pollinator Habitat

Total $959.50 

Approval Date: April 27th, 2017 

NAU is leading the way to improved regional pollinator health through the Northern Arizona Pollinator Habitat Initiative (NAZPHI).  NAZPHI’s mission is to promote the creation, protection, and registration of pollinator habitat across Northern Arizona. The Green Fund provided money to NAZPHI to create a pollinator garden with native wildflowers at the SNAIL garden and improve the garden at the APS substation.

Pollinator habitat 
Soofa Core

Total: $12,700.00 

Approval Date: April 20th, 2017 

Five Soofa Cores were purchased and placed in several locations around campus. Designed to promote a “green lifestyle,” the Soofa Cores allow students to charge their phones while waiting for the bus or doing work outside.

Soofa Core 
BigBelly Solar Compactor and SmartBelly Recycler Double Station

Total: $7,625.46 

Approval Date: April 6th, 2017 

One BigBelly and SmartBelly Double Station was purchased for the South Village residence hall due to the absence of recycling outside or near the hall. Providing a recycling and trash bin near the residence hall was essential due to its location next to mailboxes and the high traffic of students and families living in the area. The technology of these bins ensures waste is compacted to hold 5x the tradition capacity of a tradition bin to reduce the need for frequent pick-up.

Solar compactor 
NAU Ultra-Light Solar Aircraft

Total: $1,035.92 

Approval Date: February 16th, 2017 

A Senior Engineering Capstone group designed a radio-controlled plane that maintained fully self-sustained flight powered only by photovoltaic solar cells. This project has contributed to the research into the use of solar energy for flight.

Ultra-Light Solar Aircraft 


Woodway Treadmills

Two Woodway treadmills were purchased for The Health and Learning Center. These treadmills are manually operated and are an excellent workout tool. This project will be able to bring sustainability to the forefront of students minds at a place where sustainability is easily forgotten, the gym!

Approval date: January 26, 2016

Amount Allocated: $13,216


This proposal was brought to us by Facility Services in order to install an EVENTS2HVAC system in the High Country Conference Center. This software would create a connection between the HVAC system and the existing scheduled programs in order to minimize power when the building is unoccupied and conserve energy. 

Approval date: April 4, 2016
Approved budget: $8,630

This proposal was brought to the Green Fund by a group of engineering students as their capstone project. The students requested financial support in order to build an aquaponics system to be constructed and operated within the CEECME Research Complex as a sustainable agriculture method that can also act as a learning opportunity for future engineering students.  

Approval date: October 7th, 2016

Approved budget: $2,500

Phase Change Material in Blome

A student proposal to provide funds and installation costs for a thermal storage Phase Change Material within the Blome building in order to reduce amount of fossil fuels use and greenhouse gases generation while simultaneously providing comfortable temperatures in the building.  

Approval date: September 9th, 2016

Amount allocated: $19,020

Chad Pregracke: Earth Day Speaker

On Earth day the Green Fund paid to have the founder of the nonprofit Living Lands and Waters, Chad Pregracke, speak about his inspiring vision that led him to become CNN’s 2013 man of the year and one of the united states strongest advocates for the restoration of our rivers. His earth day talk acted as a reminder to us all that even the smallest of voices can make a big difference.

Approval date: March 1, 2016

Amount allocated: $5,000

Construction Management Lab Solar

This proposal funded five solar hot air heaters and six PV solar panels on the Construction Management Lab (bldg 47a). This project works toward offsetting NAU’s carbon footprint as well as implementing solar technologies into the Civil Engineering, Construction Management and Environmental Engineering (CECMEE) department's research and curriculum. This project represents a step toward advancing the renewable energy industry, reducing NAU's fossil fuel use, and gives students a real world opportunity to work hands on with solar technology. View this online portal to see the solar PV panels' real time energy production.

Approval date: March 22, 2016

Amount allocated $20,774

Kind Wine Competition

The Kind Wine Competition is one of the first of its kind. The Green Fund supported this project so that sustainable wine packaging can have a greater voice on NAU’s campus and throughout the community. This one time investment from the Green Fund will help break the stigmatism that boxed wine isn’t as good as bottled wine and will eventually reduce the amount of glass that Flagstaff consumes. From the creation of glass, glass's heavy weight (impacting transportation emissions), the shape of wine bottles (impacting efficient packaging), and glass wine's quick expiration date after opening, there are many reasons keg wine or boxed wine can be more sustainable then glass bottles. Learn more at the Kind Wine Competition website.

Approval date: April 14, 2016

Amount allocated: $564

Tree Campus USA Hats

The Tree Campus USA program helps colleges and universities around the country establish and sustain healthy community forests. The Green Fund thought it suitable to fund the hats for this university achievement so that it would foster a sense of appreciation and attitude of stewardship towards NAU’s surrounding forests.

Approval date: April 22, 2016

Amount allocated: $1,567

Community Public Inquiry (CUPI)

The Community University Public Inquiry program or CUPI is a university program that gives students 1 credit for their work with different community partners. The Green Fund was responsible for funding the graduate students who created the course and fostered the connections with the community groups Black Mesa Water Coalition, Grand Canyon Trust, Northern Arizona Interfaith Council, and Flagstaff Foodlink.

Approval date: April 26, 2016

Amount allocated: $2,920


At Its Roots Podcast

forest green hide/show 

At Its Roots Podcast is available to the public on Dropbox and features interviews with environmental groups on campus. These podcasts will work to keep the students informed on the various sustainable initiatives on campus and will encourage their involvement in them.

Approved Date: 9/11/15

Amount allocated: $194

Inspector Tablets

Inspector tablets 

Twelve Facility Service tablets were bought for the management inspectors to decrease the amount of paper used for their jobs. By using tablets in the field, they were able to minimize and in some cases eliminate the printing of as many as a dozen different plans a week that are 3’ by 4’ sheets of paper. That is 144 different site plans each week and almost 600 a month that no longer need to be printed due to digital access to the blueprints.
Read the full blog post here.

Amount allocated $7,097
Approved Date: 11/20/2015

IT Thin Clients
it thin clients 
IT Thin Clients were installed in place of desktop computers by the Facility Services IT department. The upgraded servers reduce electricity consumption.
Read the full blog post here.
Amount allocated $11,202
Approved Date: 11/20/2015
The NAU Sustainable Citizen Program
The NAU Sustainable Citizen Program will involve students from all backgrounds and disciplines in sustainability for the length of their time at NAU. Students who choose to participate will be joining a new community and engaging in topics of climate change and sustainability to see how they and their work are part of the bigger picture. The program will connect students, introduce them to NAU’s diverse array of sustainability classes, lectures, talks, and service events, and ask them to set goals and consider how their own behavior can make a difference.  Students who complete the program will receive recognition at graduation, be able to understand complex sustainability issues as they relate to personal and professional life, and be prepared to make the world a better place.
Approved Budget: $8,406
Approved Date: 10/9/2015
San Francisco Solar Array

This is a 561.6 kW system and is expected to produce over 921,858 kilowatt hours annually. The canopies are designed to provide shade to 155 parking spaces and the entire array will offset 648 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.


Approved Budget: $1,000,000 (Over 10 years)
Approved Date: 10/30/15

Post-Consumer Composting
This system will be used in the Hot Spot dining hall. This state of the art system utilizes the waste from both the back of house food preparation facilities as well as the student plate scraping area. This installation allows NAU Dining Services to dramatically reduce its landfill waste, make significant strides toward NAU’s Carbon Neutrality goals, and showcase collaboration between multiple stakeholders including NAU Campus Dining, Campus Services & Activities, the Green Fund, and the campus community.

Amount allocated: $30,000
Approval date: 5/1/15
International Pavillion Solar Tubes

The International Pavilion will have solar-tubessolar tubes for daylight to reduce the need to turn on lights during the day.

Amount allocated: $10,000
Approval date: 4/17/15
Alternative Spring Break
 The Alternative Spring Break is a set of projects during spring break that will actively engage students and increase their involvement in the sustainability efforts in Flagstaff and surrounding communities. Volunteers will spend time in the experimental Centennial Forest, the Grand Canyon, and Nogales, AZ building trails, cleaning up the environment, and supporting humanitarian initiatives. Those who participate will have a measurable environmental and justice impact on the area in which they are working for the week, and will return to campus with new skills and knowledge to share with fellow students, NAU, and the Flagstaff community. As part of the expectation on their return, or their “reorientation” they will be encouraged to propose new projects and ways to engage here locally based on their experiences and learning on the trip.

Amount allocated $459
Approval date: 3/27/15
Cline Library
Cline Library is installing ten combination water bottle refill station-water fountains.

Amount allocated: $9,738
Approval date: 2/03/15
Solar Optimization
Solar Project

This project maximized the output generated by the solar panels on the university’s south campus solar field. The panel rotation system, originally installed in 2007, no longer functioned correctly and the panels needed to be realigned in order to perform properly. This optimization project improves panel efficiency by 10-15%.

Amount allocated $3,336
Approval date: 1/8/15
Southwest Fossil Free Convergence

The proposal supported the first Southwest Fossil Fuel Divestment Convergence to form and sustain an active community and network. This convergence built the Southwest community, in collaboration with the National Divestment Movement, through organizing skills training, relationship building and deep political education.

Amount allocated: $5000
Approval date: 3/26/15

Gartersnake Vivarium
 Garter snake

This project funds the rescue of Northern Arizona’s threatened Gartersnake native to Oak Creek canyon. The Vivarium creates a refuge for the Garter snakes by creating an environment similar to their natural habitat. This project promotes both undergraduate and graduate students involvement by providing opportunities to experience fieldwork and hands-on research.

Amount allocated: $55,105
Approval date:1/30/15