Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.60
Liaison Dayna Cook
Submission Date May 1, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Northern Arizona University
EN-9: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Ellen Vaughan
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “supportive”?:

A brief description of the institution’s supportive sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:

The institution supports and partners closely with:

Friends of Flagstaff's Future (F3) works to "make Flagstaff a more sustainable and socially just community." NAU partners with F3 for events such as Flagstaff Car Free Day.

KNAU, Arizona Public Radio
Broadcasts from campus and includes NAU-sponsored program, "Earthnotes"

Big Brothers Big Sisters "We help children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children and strengthen communities" NAU supports BBBS by giving them student furniture, appliances and more during our annual residence hall Move-Out Day.

The Civic Service Institute provides a wide range of volunteer opportunities for students, seniors, and other community members to volunteer and get involved on-campus and in the community. http://nau.edu/SBS/CSI/Welcome/

Students on the Foodlink team work to catalyze a profound change in the way we produce, consume, and value local and regional foods in the Flagstaff region.
The team is working to assemble a broad and diverse Community Food Task Force that will assess Flagstaff food security needs and facilitate policy changes to influence how the local food system:
Impacts the health of Flagstaff residents
Addresses hunger and food insecurity
Supports a food system that is economically viable, socially just and environmentally sustainable

Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “collaborative”?:

A brief description of the institution's collaborative sustainability partnership(s):

Community Culture and the Environment works with Sunny Side Neighborhood Association and dozens of other organization to build economic developmnet around the low-income East Side neighborhood. NAU is implementing a $30,000 grant from CHASE for this effort.

Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “transformative”?:

A brief description of the institution's transformative sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:

The Coconino County Sustainable Economic Development Initiative (SEDI) is a leading economic development organization in the region that enables, facilitates, and partners with businesses, educational institutions, and government to increase social equity, ecological heath, and promote a resilient economy.
Northern Arizona University works with SEDI in a number of ways:
NAU has provided SEDI with $20,000 operations in 2013
University administrators and staff serve on the Board of Directors or as alternates
Students work with SEDI through internships and research projects
Departments work on a variety of projects, such as the Program in Community, Culture and the Environment, which works on renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as energy policy issues
The Sustainable Communities MA program works with SEDI to promote local food and agricultural economies by improving access to locally grown foods
NAU collaborates with them on their community weatherization programs

The Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) is a collaborative effort to restore forest ecosystems on portions of four national forests - Coconino, Kaibab, Apache-Sitgreaves, and Tonto - along the Mogollon Rim in northern Arizona. Diane Vosick, director of policy and partnerships for NAU's Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI) is 4FRI's co-chair. The ERI helps 4FRI through leading it's Communications Working Group and its Landscape Assessment and Monitoring Working Group.

New Economy NAU (NENAU), an NAU Action Research Team held the regional cooperative economic summit to build sustainable economic prosperity throughout the region in 2013.

A brief description of the institution’s sustainability partnerships with distant (i.e. non-local) communities:

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) was created in 1992 to act as a catalyst among tribal governments, research and technical resources at Northern Arizona University (NAU), in support of environmental protection of Native American natural resources.

The Global Artist in Residence program brings international musicians to the Northern Arizona University campus twice a year for one-to-two-week residencies with activities across campus and in the local community. A collaboration of the NAU School of Music, NAU College of Arts and Letters, NAU Center for International Education, and Center for Indigenous Music and Culture.

The website URL where information about sustainability partnerships is available:
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