NAU Earth Month Calendar- 2018

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 and Flagstaff has to offer! We hope to see you there! For information on green events happening year-round, check out the Green NAU calendar. 



NAU Open-Air Markets 

Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25 // NAU Pedway

--NAU Dining Services 


NAU Careers with Impact

Friday, April 6, 5:00pm-6:30pm // NAU International Pavilion 

At Careers with Impact students and community members will mix and talk with professionals who work in every sector (private, public, and non-profit) writers to researchers, teachers to entrepreneurs, managers and scientists to activists. What do they all have in common? They are all serving the community, making an impact on our environmental, economic, and social sustainability. Whether they have a job in the corporate world, education, government or non-profits, they are all working to make the world a better place. These people are excited about what they do and care about what you want to do next!

Stay for conversation and free food as you chat with professionals from these local organizations and many others who work in sustainability all over the world! Everyone is welcome, all majors, students, faculty, staff and community members! All you need is an interest in making an impact! This is not a Career Fair, simply a time to network! Sign up by emailing We will remind you about the event as it gets closer.

--NAU Environmental Caucus and NAU Career Development 


Sustainable Building Awards Ceremony and Innovations Expo 

Saturday, April 7, 1:00pm-5:00pm // NAU Ashurst Hall 

The Sustainable Building Awards Ceremony is an annual event recognizing community projects that have been certified through the Coconino County Sustainable Building Program. This year’s Awards Ceremony will include an Innovations Expo: an opportunity to learn about new innovations in sustainable building materials, products and services! The event will include vendor booths, student poster presentations, educational sessions and refreshments. It is free and open to the public. 

--Coconino County Sustainable Building Program, Green NAU & Green Jacks 


Flagstaff Recycled Art Exhibition Opening  

Saturday, April 7, 6:00pm-8:00pm // Artist Coalition of Flagstaff @ the Flagstaff Mall

The Art Exhibition features art created with recycled materials. Local artists from all over Coconino County, Sedona, Yavapai County, and the Native American Reservations, along with students of all ages, come together to promote recycling through this creative, fun, and inspiring event. 

--Artist Coalition of Flagstaff   



Thursday, April 12, 6:00-9:00pm // NAU DuBois Ballroom 

The Points of Intervention tour is stopping in Flagstaff! Join us for a panel discussion with the change-makers of the Post Landfill Action Network. The 3 Goals of the POI Tour: 

  • Highlight the people, companies, and movements that are challenging the Linear Consumption Economy, and intervening at points along a wasteful and unjust system to build a better model.
  • Empower young people to realize their individual skills and passions as essential parts of a collective solution.
  • Spread the message that “Nobody Can Do Everything, But Everybody Can Do Something”. Together, we can fix a broken system.

--NAU Environmental Caucus, NAU Sustainable Citizen Program & the McKenzie Foundation 


NAU Earth Jam! 

Friday, April 13, 3:00pm-7:00pm // NAU Central Quad

Earth Jam is an engaging festival where students, student groups and student performers will celebrate sustainability on campus through solidarity. 

 --NAU Green Jacks 


Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Saturday, April 14, 6:00pm-10:30pm (doors open at 6pm) // Coconino Center for the Arts

The Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project is excited to host our 9th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, featuring wildlife and environmental films, information tables by local conservation organizations, drinks, music, a raffle and silent auction. This year's event will include several short films selected from the Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour program. The featured film will be 'The Right to be Wild.' It is being shown at our event with special permission by the filmmaker, Katja Torneman. A questions & answer session will follow the film screening with the filmmaker and several other wolf advocates featured in the film. Stay tuned for more details at!

--Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project  


Climate Refugees and Arizona’s Future

Thursday, April 17, 6:30pm-8:00pm // Flagstaff Public Library 

NAU biology professor Dr. Stefan Sommer will speak on “Climate Refugees and Arizona’s future”. Dr. Sommer has lectured widely on such topics as bio-diversity and climate change. This lecture expands upon his earlier research. Join us during Earth Month! 

 --Northern Arizona Climate Change Alliance 


AZNPS Talk: Carrie Cannon, Hualapai Ethnobotany

Tuesday, April 17, 7:00pm-8:00pm // Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church 

Carrie Cannon: Plants, Inspiring the People: Reflections on Hualapai Ethnobotany of the Grand Canyon.

Where lies the cure to diabetes? “Ask the prickly pear, or the mesquite bean pod…maybe they will tell you.” This is the answer you may hear from elder instructors of the Hualapai Ethnobotany Youth Project. The ethnobotanical story of the Hualapai Tribe begins with the plant knowledge the people have inherited from their great grandparents who lived entirely off the land. Hualapai grandchildren live in a completely different modern world. Information presented will share the project examining the crucial role that plant resource acquisition has played in Hualapai culture; knowledge that has been fine tuned and perfected over millennia.

Carrie Cannon is a member of the Kiowa tribe of Oklahoma and is also of Oglala Lakota descent. She has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology, and an M.S. in Resource Management. She began working for the Hualapai Tribe of Peach Springs, Arizona in 2005 where she began the creation of an intergenerational ethnobotany program for the Hualapai community. She is currently employed as an Ethnobotanist for the Hualapai Department of Cultural Resources. She administers a number of projects promoting the intergenerational teaching of Hualapai ethnobotanical knowledge working towards preservation and revitalization to ensure tribal ethnobotanical knowledge persists as a living practice and tradition.

 --Arizona Native Plant Society 


NAU State of Sustainability

Thursday, April 19, 1:00pm-2:15pm // NAU 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 


NAU Sustainable Leadership Awards

Thursday, April 19, 5:00pm-7:30pm // NAU Native American Cultural Center

This annual event recognizes sustainable leaders on the NAU campus.

--NAU Environmental Caucus 


NAU Student Water Symposium

Thursday April 19-Friday, April 20 // Various times and locations 

The Student Water Symposium is an annual student organized event to coincide with Earth Week. The symposium provides both undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines with the opportunity to share ideas and collaborate on water resource issues. Students gain feedback on presentation techniques and content from professional evaluators from across the community and campus. All of NAU and the Flagstaff community are invited to attend both student presentations, evening keynote and film screening events. This symposium acts as a venue to connect the campus and greater Flagstaff community. If you have any questions go to “” for additional information.   

  • April 19: Student Presentations 8am-5pm @ HLC Havasupai C
  • April 19: Keynote 6:30pm-8pm @ Cline Library Assembly Hall
  • April 20: Student presentations 8am-5pm @ HLC Havasupai AB
  • April 20: Film screening 6:30pm-8:00pm @ Cline Library Assembly Hall
  • April 20: Student Awards 8:00pm-8:30pm @ Cline Library Assembly Hall

--NAU Student Water Symposium 


NAU Climate Change Teach-In

Friday, April 20, 8:30am-5pm // NAU University Union, Kaibab Room 

The event will feature an all-day schedule of interdisciplinary talks and round tables on climate change with an emphasis on being scholarly and informative, practical and action-oriented, and educational and discussion-based. Our goal is to encourage dialogue on the topic of climate change among NAU faculty, staff, and community members from disparate disciplines. Email Ted.Martinez @ for more information

--NAU Honors College 


Sustainability 101

Friday, April 20, noon-1:30 // NAU Franke College of Business, Gardner Auditorium

At this interactive seminar, you’ll be presented with real world examples that help to explain the tenets of sustainability: environmental stewardship, economic health, and social justice. You’ll learn how these tenets are all interconnected and some tangible actions you can take to make more sustainable choices in your personal and professional life. Plus, earn Pathways credit and free pizza!

Learn more about the full Sustainable Citizen Program and opportunities to become more involved in Green NAU. It is not required that you are enrolled in the SCP program to attend, but it is highly recommended. Email with questions.

--NAU Sustainable Citizen Program 


City of Flagstaff Earth Day Community Clean-up!

Saturday, April 21, 8:30am-10:30am // Bushmaster Park   

Community volunteers will meet at Bushmaster Park at the east side skating rink to conduct a community/neighborhood clean up at 9:00 a.m.(please arrive around 8:30 a.m. to sign in) and return to Bushmaster Park by 10:30 a.m. Sign up for the community clean up or contact Maggie Twomey at  We will be assigning groups of volunteers to different neighborhood areas and are looking for Clean-Up Leaders to lead these groups. Please indicate your willingness to be a Clean-Up Leader when you sign up.  Whole Foods Market will be providing volunteers with coffee and breakfast fare. Please bring a refillable water bottle and travel coffee mug.

--City of Flagstaff 


City of Flagstaff Earth Day Celebration!

Saturday, April 21, 11:00am-2:00pm // Bushmaster Park 

After the neighborhood clean-up event (see above) we will return to the park for live entertainment, food trucks, exhibitors, and activities for the whole family.

--City of Flagstaff  


NAU Weigh The Waste   

Monday, April 23, dinner // NAU DuB

 --NAU Dining Services  


NAU SLOW Foods Menu 

Monday, April 23-Friday, April 27 // NAU Hot Spot

--NAU Dining Services 


NAU Better World Seminar Series

Tuesday, April 24, 6:00pm-8:00pm // NAU International Pavilion, Large Auditorium  

--NAU Green Jacks  


NAU Energy Mentor Coffee Social

April 25th, 8:00-9:00am // Location: Starbucks @ the NAU Union

A fun opportunity for Energy Mentors to socialize while having their Starbucks coffee paid for! We will be hosting a conversation on campus sustainability.  

--NAU Office of Sustainability, Energy Mentors 


NAU Boiler Room Tour

Thursday, April 26, 11:00am-12:00pm // 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


Save The Waves Film Festival

Thursday, April 26, 7:00pm-10:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm) // The Orpheum Theater

Proudly presented internationally by Corona x Parley, Save The Waves Film Festival is an international film tour and fundraiser for Save The Waves' environmental programs and campaigns. Movies alone can't change the world - but the people who watch them can.

Save The Waves documentary films and the Film Festival educate and inspire audiences to protect the coastline. Presented locally by Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival & Azulita Project, this event is brought to Flagstaff, a city with no coastline because what we do in these watersheds will affect the oceans and directly impact us. As well as the film festival, we will have an ocean art show in Dark Sky Brewing Company, a free lecture by a local marine biologist, and a suite of special events focusing on marine conservation, policy and education.

 --Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, Azulita Project 


Arbor Day Arboretum Walk

Friday, April 27, Noon-1:00pm // NAU North Quad 

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

--NAU Greenhouses  


Drop-Off Day, Dump the Drugs & Shred-a-thon! 

Saturday, April 28 // Location TBD

Put your waste in the right place! Drop off expired or unwanted medications, sensitive documents, car seats, CFL light bulbs, batteries, latex paint, and electronic waste such as computers and televisions. We will be collecting up to two banker boxes of sensitive documents per person. No drugs, electronic waste or paper from commercial sites will be accepted. If you have questions, please contact Maggie Twomey at 928-213-2144.

 --City of Flagstaff 


Society for Ecological Restoration – NAU Chapter – First Meeting!

Saturday, April 28, 10:00am-1:00pm // NAU SNAIL Garden (west of Facility Services, bldg. 77 near greenhouses)

Come out to our kick-off meeting and gain hands-on experience doing ecological restoration! We will be installing and maintaining native plants for pollinators at NAU school gardens. This will be the first of many workshops available to Society for Ecological Restoration - NAU members; come find out how to join our chapter and build your resume while saving the planet! Please wear pants, hat, close-toe shoes, and sunglasses (or other eye protection). Bring a water bottle and a snack. We will provide gloves and tools. This is going to be so much fun!

--Society for Ecological Restoration