Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.39
Liaison Dayna Cook
Submission Date Oct. 8, 2012
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Northern Arizona University
PAE-4: Sustainability Plan

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Bryan McLaren
NAU Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a sustainability plan that meets the criteria for this credit?:

A brief description of how multiple stakeholder groups were involved in developing the plan:

The environmental caucus - consisting of more than 400 faculty, staff, and students from every college on the campus - formed a subcommittee to formulate and write the NAU Climate Action Plan. This plan serves, in conjunction with the goals of the University strategic plan, to not only address our 2020 climate neutrality goal but also our braoder goals of sustainability on campus. Among these broader goals are integration of sustainability in the curriculum, access and affordability for our students, and the promotion of initiatives that promote scholarship that increases engagement with local communities and addresses key global challenges.

A brief description of the plan’s measurable goals :

Each of the goals within the Clinate Action Plan have associated actions listed to ensure that the goals are implemented. Completion of these actions signifies a success in many cases and where applicable, a quantifiable measure is included as well. In addition, the goals of the NAU strategic plan are measured through similar action items. For instance -
Be a model of environmentally responsible and sustainable operations and education
• Partner with individuals, institutions, and communities to advance renewable
resources and sustainable practices
• Enhance sustainable business practices in areas such as building construction
and renovation, renewable energy, institutional purchasing, utility use, regionally
grown food, fossil fuel use, carbon emissions, recycling and reduction of food and
other waste, landscaping, grounds maintenance, and transportation
• Use the “campus as ecosystem” concept across the curriculum to educate faculty
and students about the scientific, cultural, socioeconomic, and ethical dimensions
of sustainability
• Implement issue-oriented education focusing on topics such as global climate change,
resource depletion, water issues, and species loss
• Improve the collection and analysis of environmentally related data (energy, emissions,
transportation, hazardous waste, recycling, certified suppliers, etc.) and use the data
strategically in making environmental and economic decisions

A brief description of how progress in meeting the plan’s goals is measured:

Annual audits of the climate action plan are done by the environmental caucus to guage where we stand in our implementation. In addition, the Planning and Insitutional Research office tracks progress across campus related to the Strategic plan.

The website URL where more information about the sustainability plan is available:
The year the plan was developed or last updated:

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