Sustainability Factoids

Goal 3 of NAU's Strategic Plan is to "Elevate the environmental, economic, social and cultural vitality of our communities through through collaborative stewardship of place." The following factoids (sustainoids?) demonstrate how the university is leaving no green stone unturned, from educational programming to your personal ecological niche:

- Not Your Grandfather's Cascade: Campus food service provider Sodexo has partnered with Ecolab to field test a new environmentally superior set of dishwashing products, the Apex® program.

- Rated "R" (Recyclable): NAU has joined with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), Coconino County, the city of Flagstaff and Willow Bend Environmental Education Center to create the Partners in Recycling Education (PRE) program. The initiative will "increase recycling education and awareness through a range of advertising, promotion and community outreach events."

- A Cut Above: If you have a yen for surf and turf at NAU, it's likely your beef was processed at a plant that uses an innovative wastewater recycling system, and your seafood has the sustainability blessing of the Marine Stewardship Council or the Aquaculture Certification Council.

- Course Corrections: The university offers a Master of Arts in Sustainable Communities, and sponsors the Sustainable Energy Solutions Group, which provides "society with broadly educated energy experts and new technologies."

- More Trays for Sledding: Trayless dining at NAU eateries -- check out the energy savings.

- Green-Collar Worker: Know someone who's interested in a sustainability-related internship? The NAU Office of Sustainability is seeking interested students to work on the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS®).

- Want Fries With That?: NAU Transportation Services "is planning to purchase a processor to produce biodiesel from used cooking oil generated in the university's dining halls to fuel diesel shuttle buses."

- Like Mushrooms After Summer Rain: Student groups related to sustainability proliferate at NAU. A sampling: Slow Food NAU, Students for Sustainable Living and Urban Gardening (SSLUG), Net Impact NAU, Student Environmental Caucus.

- Sou'wester: NAU's Landsward Institute, formerly the Ecological Monitoring & Assessment Program, is the home for the Arizona Wind Working Group, which "works collaboratively to encourage the development of commercial and small-scale wind energy in the State of Arizona."

- No Heels Allowed: The Campus Sustainability Program website links to a simple calculator that can determine your personal Ecological Footprint.

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