Northern Arizona University students, staff and faculty get involved locally, regionally, and beyond. Listed below are some of the current ways that the University has engaged with the broader community. Please give email@example.com your feedback and suggestions for new information to include.
ITEP was created to act as a catalyst among tribal governments, research and technical resources at Northern Arizona University, various federal, state and local governments, and the private sector, in support of environmental protection of Native American natural resources. ITEP was established at NAU in 1992, in cooperation with USEPA. ITEP accomplishes its mission through several programs.
Seven Community-Based Action Research Teams (ARTs) bring first year students together with graduate students, faculty, and community partners to work on issues of sustainability and democratic community organizing.
A civic agency/grassroots democracy initiative in which NAU students coach teams consisting of first through sixth graders at Kinsey and Killip Elementary Schools and high school students at Kinlani Border Town Dormitory.
A collaborative network in which students exercise leadership to weatherize local homes and cultivate community relationships and capacities for environmental stewardship.
A student group focused on maintaining a garden demonstration site and advocating for food justice on campus and in the community.
A collaborative team working to assess Flagstaff food security needs and facilitate policy changes related to the food system, hunger, and food insecurity.
This Action Research team adds fuel to the exploding school gardens movement in the Flagstaff Unified School District and across the country Students on this team work in groups of three or four at three different public elementary schools in the district.
A collaborative student team initiating the creation of a public space/café where students, faculty, and staff regularly meet for discussion, speakers, and organizing.
A student and community team working to understand the roots of water issues in Flagstaff and developing ways to resolve these issues in an inclusive, collaborative way.
A broad-based group working to enhance understanding, respect, improved relationships, and collaborations between new immigrants and American citizens.
A new program at Northern Arizona University using bicycles to collect and transport organic matter to create compost for use in gardens on campus.
The Sustainable Economic Development Initiative (SEDI) works to support various organizations and government groups to foster social equity, economic prosperity, and ecological health in Coconino County. SEDI, with collaborative partners including NAU, to helps to sustain economic development in our area.
NAU works with SEDI in a few ways. NAU administrators and staff serve on the Board of Directors or as alternates. NAU students work with SEDI through internships and research projects, NAU departments work on a variety of projects. For example, the Program in Community Culture and the Environment works on renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as energy policy issues. The Master of Arts in Sustainable Communities program works with SEDI to promote local food and agricultural economies by improving access to locally grown foods, NAU Sustainable Energy Solutions aims to shape energy decision-making in both public and private sectors. Technology Transfer programs with NAU Ventures help maintain intellectual property rights with research done with NAU.
The Coconino County Sustainable Building Program (CCSBP) was adopted in 2003 and works to educate, support, encourage and help develop sustainable building practices and processes for the citizens of Coconino County and the City of Flagstaff. The program offers consultation, awards, resources and educational opportunities for free to the community. The CCSBP is regionally and community centered while focusing on conservation, energy efficiency, renewable, affordability, applicability and innovation. There are many educational opportunities available for sustainable practices such as rainwater harvesting, solar technology, weatherization, composting, Xeriscaping, insulation and much more.
Each semester the CCSBP provides two internship possibilities with the County. These internships provide valuable resume building experiences as well as volunteer and educational opportunities for NAU students while they take part in local sustainability projects. Interns can be responsible for newsletters, weekly announcements, sustainable building project management, lecture series organization, award ceremonies and the coordination of the annual Sustainable Home and Building Tour. Other opportunities include networking and partnering with additional sustainability-focused groups in northern Arizona.
Please contact Amanda Acheson, Coconino County Sustainable Building Program Manager at 928-679-8853 for internship opportunities or more information. You can also email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit the Sustainable Building website.
Friends of Flagstaff’s Future—a local non-profit organization founded in 1995—strives to create a healthy and sustainable Flagstaff through advocacy as well as education and community building. The organization envisions Flagstaff as a socially just community that embraces an environmentally sustainable lifestyle, protects open spaces and their ecological diversity, supports locally-owned businesses committed to enhancing our natural environment, encourages the democratic process, and offers opportunities for all to live happy and productive lives.
NAU has a Friends of Flagstaff's Future student chapter (F3 NAU SC) where students can work from the university to improve the Flagstaff community. You can learn more about which initiatives this student chapter works with on Green NAU's F3 student chapter page.
For more information, please contact Tamara Ramirez at email@example.com or 928-523-0499.
On September 22, 2010 the city of Flagstaff participated for the first time in annual World Car-Free Day. World Car-Free Day and the World Car-Free Netowork promote alternatives to car dependence and automobile-based planning. A car-light community facilitates healthier lifestyles, builds tighter-knit and safer community, improves air quality, mitigates climate change, increases affordability, and promotes national security by lowering dependence on oil.
For more information on Car-Free Day in Flagstaff, please go to carfreeflag.com. For more information on the World Car-Free Network, please go to worldcarfree.net. Friends of Flagstaff's Future has issued a press release on the events of World Car-Free Day.
The City of Flagstaff defines sustainability as living and managing activities in a matter that balances social, economic, and environmental considerations to meet our needs and those of future generations. A sustainable Flagstaff is a place where social well-being of current and future citizens is supported by a vibrant economy and a self-renewing, healthy environment.
NAU helps with the Flagstaff Sustainability Program through three interns that work with the program.
Flagstaff Sustainability Program can be called at 928-779-7685 ext. 3208 for more information. Also, information on their city-wide projects and initiatives can be found on the Flagstaff Sustainability Program website. For information on the Flagstaff Residential Energy Retrofit Program, please look at the February 2011 Update.
Slow Food is an advocacy group that promotes local food and educates about the world food system. Local projects include volunteering at the Flagstaff Family Food Center, organizing a food film festival, identifying local apple varietals, and collaborating with the Sustainable Cafe group to create a space on campus that supports local and equitable food and provides a forum for students, staff and community members to discuss important issues related to sustainability.
The Flagstaff Green Map provides residents and visitors with a fun and innovative community guide that highlights the environmental, social and cultural resources of the city. The concept was initiated in 2006 as a NAU student project and NAU student interns continue to be an integral part of the creation and evolution of the project.
Visit Flagstaff's Green Map.