|Submission Date||Oct. 8, 2012|
Northern Arizona University
ER-18: Sustainability Research Incentives
Faculty: Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability
School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability
Does the institution have a program to encourage student sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage student research in sustainability:
Both the Hooper Sustainability Award and the Greenfund offer funding opportunities for students to do sustainability research.
Applicants are encouraged to propose projects in the following areas:
• NAU campus sustainability
• local community-based sustainability projects
• environmentally sustainable business practices
• natural resources and ecosystem science/management
• environmental health in tribal and rural communities
This funding can be applied towards any number of projects, ranging from reducing our carbon footprint, to using more renewable energy, to increasing recycling efforts on campus. As long as the project aims to improve the environment, the Green Fund can support it. (http://green.nau.edu/greenfund.html)
The website URL where information about the student research program is available:
Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage faculty research in sustainability:
The Arizona Board of Regents gave formal approval to for the third set of five-year TRIF business plans. Northern Arizona University was approved for two initiatives that encourage faculty research in sustainability for Fiscal Years 2012-2016:
•Environmental and Economic Solutions for Arizona's Rural Landscapes -- $5.7 million over five years to encourage viable and vital rural communities. Focus will be to minimize catastrophic wildfire risks, rebuild a forest products economy, promote collaborative conservation planning and analysis using landscape-scale spatial data, and convene rural and tribal community stakeholders to explore economic alternatives, such as renewable energy development.
•Climate and Energy Solutions -- $4 million over five years to establish a new Sustainable Energy Solutions Institute, continue the nationallysignificant climate research capacity of the Merriam Powell Center, invest in productive and innovative faculty, and develop ground-breaking curricular programs.
The website URL where information about the faculty research program is available:
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