Ceramics alumna Sara LaRosa is encouraging her colleagues in Printing Services—as well as students, faculty, and staff all over the NAU campus—to adopt upcycling and other environmentally friendly practices. She’s winning awards for her efforts, but the potential to influence a more sustainable future is what keeps her mind churning with more ideas.
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Northern Arizona University’s Printing Services was selected to receive the 2021 AASCU Excellence and Innovation Award for Sustainability and Sustainable Development (innovative project). The Innovative Project Award honors projects that “develop new sustainable products, strategies, and services.” Printing Services initiated their sustainability program in 2019. They successfully designed and implemented numerous projects to encourage sustainability across the campus, including repurposing old banners, using an electric bicycle for deliveries, implementing “Go Green” products, and prioritizing sustainability in print technology.