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Environmental Caucus

Keeping NAU Green

By promoting conservation education, innovative research, and sustainable operations, we’re keeping our commitment to a green campus.

Our Initiatives

We are proud to take a proactive stance on creating a sustainable future for NAU and the Flagstaff community. Among our initiatives are conservation programs like the Green Office Certification Program through the Office of Sustainability, the Sustainability Mentor Program by Residence Life, and the Sustainable Citizen Program available to every Lumberjack. The Environmental Caucus also has five Action Teams, each with a different focus.

Action Teams

Our five Action Teams—Communications, Energy, Sustainable Landscaping, Transportation, and Waste Minimization—engage the entire community, spreading awareness and understanding about the structure and purpose of sustainability-related organizations and initiatives on campus. They:

  • create ways to market new and existing sustainable initiatives
  • evaluate, support, promote and improve sustainable transportation alternatives at NAU
  • investigate opportunities and engage key stakeholders across campus in an effort to decrease NAU’s climate impact
  • implement diverse initiatives to decrease chemical use in our campus landscapes and promoting pollinator habitats
  • develop strategies for waste minimization

Action Teams

Be the Guest Speaker To activate the Be the Guest Speaker tab, press your spacebar.

Each month, we feature a guest speaker to share a topic relating to our mission. If you would like to be a guest speaker at one of our upcoming meetings, please send us an email.

Mission and Values To activate the Mission and Values tab, press your spacebar.

We are a grassroots, volunteer group—our informal structure allows flexibility in producing effective and creative results. Our Steering Committee guides our work, approving recommendations that are brought before the Caucus at monthly meetings. The Action Teams advance the institutional commitment to sustainability and help promote education, research, and projects that positively impact the environment.

Steering Committe To activate the Steering Committe tab, press your spacebar.

Our Steering Committee serves two-year rotating terms as our official operational body. Members come from diverse backgrounds and represent various university departments. The Steering Committee meets one week before the monthly Caucus meeting to plan upcoming meetings and discuss ways to incorporate sustainable initiatives at NAU.


If you’re interested in applying to be a member of the Steering Committee, please send us an application for consideration.

E-mail the Steering Committee      Send Application

Events To activate the Events tab, press your spacebar.

The Caucus is open to the community and meets monthly to:

  • share ideas on initiatives that promote a more sustainable future
  • discuss nominations for NAU Sustainability Leadership Awards
  • plan upcoming community events to promote sustainability

If you have an event we should include on our calendar, please let us know.

Contact Us

Connect to Green NAU To activate the Connect to Green NAU tab, press your spacebar.

The Environmental Caucus works in concert with Green NAU, and we invite you to explore their mission and interests as well. Together, we can all make a difference!

Visit Green NAU

Accomplishments and Archives To activate the Accomplishments and Archives tab, press your spacebar.

Learn what we’ve been up to since our inception in 2008.

Support the Environmental Caucus To activate the Support the Environmental Caucus tab, press your spacebar.

As a strictly volunteer association, the Environmental Caucus is one of the few, if not the only, group on campus where students, faculty, and staff interact as peers and work actively to brainstorm, share information, and put ideas into action. Financial donations are appreciated and will help us further our work and support green causes across campus.


Join Us

We meet on the third Thursday of each month at 1pm from August—May in the large pod at the Applied Research and Development building (#56). Everyone is invited to listen to, share, and connect with initiatives to help NAU move toward a more sustainable future.