NAU is committed to being a leader in discovering and implementing new ideas that will sustain our way of life for future generations through research, degree programs, and university facility operations.
NAU students, faculty, and staff tap into their passions and curiosity to find innovative solutions to sustainability issues that range from reducing waste to increasing use of renewable energy.
Dust and drought Paleoclimatologists study dust and drought
Associate professor Nick McKay and his team of paleoclimatologists in NAU’s School of Earth and Sustainability have been studying dust for several years in this high-elevation region, which is particularly vulnerable to climate change.
The art of upcycling
Alumna Sara LaRosa is encouraging her colleagues in Printing Services—as well as students, faculty, and staff from across the NAU campus—to adopt upcycling and other environmentally friendly practices.
Assigning value to spring ecosystems in northern Arizona
Through study and evaluation NAU Professors, Julie Mueller and Abe Springer along with Assistant Professor Ryan Fitch hope to generate nationwide interest in critical Arizona water resources and increase their protection by raising awareness.
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP)
ITEP provides education programs in the management of tribal environmental resources. In 2019 ITEP received a $3.2 million grant from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to help tribal communities predict how climate change can affect their environments, resources, and health.
The Green Fund, NAU’s main source of sustainability funding, operates through a $15 per student per semester Green Fee. You, in turn, can submit project proposals for consideration.
Sustainability is incorporated into the mission of Facility Services. Facility Services oversees the Office of Sustainability, the construction of LEED buildings, and renewable energy production on campus.
NAU’s Campus Dining has a three-step approach to maximizing its sustainability efforts: minimize food waste before and after food is prepared, find responsible food sources, and reduce its environmental footprint by reusing plastic containers.
University Transit Services provides transportation alternatives, including campus shuttles and a city bus that links NAU and nearby Flagstaff neighborhoods. The popular Yellow Bike Program offers short-term rentals of refurbished bikes for students, faculty, and staff.