More NAU Green Practices

You read in the fall issue of Pine about many of NAU's green initiatives - but we didn't stop there. Here are a few more green feathers in our cap...

NAU decided to go plastic bagless in 2010 at dining facilities and campus markets. Incoming students will receive their own 100% recycled fabric bag to use on campus as a part of this campaign.

This semester the NAU Department of Residence Life will pilot its "No Impact Jack: Green Dorm Certification" program which includes "Eco-Resident Assistants" and LEED-inspired checklists for how students can green their dorm rooms.

NAU Transportation is making a clear move to sustainable transit with our Campus Fleet and Campus Transit. We host over 45 campus vehicles powered by renewable or high-efficiency fuel. Our 2 new postal vehicles will be hybrid-electric and are designed to showcase the campus' quest for carbon neutrality.

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."

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.

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

The Campus Sustainability Program website links to a simple calculator that can determine your personal Ecological Footprint.

There are 30 Big Belly Solar Trash compactors placed across campus to gobble up trash.

NAU's master plan includes a new parking garage that will minimize our parking footprint on campus as well as designs to host a massive photovoltaic solar installation on the upper deck.

Learn even more about NAU's green factor at

Engaging You in the Life of NAU.