Sustainability at Cline Library
Making an effort towards carbon neutrality
Northern Arizona University and Cline Library share a firm commitment to sustainability. In 2007, then University President John Haeger signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Change Commitment, and pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2020. The library supports this pledge through the utilization of sustainable building practices in multiple realms such as environmentally preferable purchasing, utility use, renovation activities, recycling and waste reduction, transportation, and maintenance. The library has enjoyed a long partnership with the Green NAU Energy Initiative (GNEI) to perform outreach to students, staff, faculty, and library visitors in order to promote sustainable practices.
Cline Library, through the continued use of sustainable operations and maintenance practices, demonstrates a commitment to excellence in energy efficiency, water efficiency, and environmental mindfulness. The library [in tandem with NAU’s Facility Services] is currently in pursuit of LEED Certification through the Existing Buildings rating system, and is expected to be the first previously existing academic library to become certified for sustainable operations. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design and is a green certified building program that recognizes excellence in building strategies and practice.