Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.60
Liaison Dayna Cook
Submission Date May 1, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Northern Arizona University
IN-3: Innovation 3

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Ellen Vaughan
Office of Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Biomass Feasibility Study

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

CoCoSus (Innovation 1) helped to coordinate a $65,000+ biomass feasibility.
This is innovative because:
1) A huge collaborative internal effort acquired funding through multi-departmental collaboration. Funding was provided by: Ecological Restoration Institute, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Finance and Administration, Office of Research, Office of the Provost, Green Fund. Letters of support came from James Allen, Executive Director of the School of Forestry, Karin Wadsack, Project Manager at the Institute for Sustainable Energy Solutions (ISES), Jennus Burton, Vice President of Finance and Administration, Dr. William Grabe, Vice President for Research, David Bousquet, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Laura Huenneke, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Diane Vosick, Director of Policy and Partnerships for the Ecological Restoration Institute.
2) One of the reasons NAU is interested in utilizing biomass is to assist in the regional Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) which 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. http://www.4fri.org/
3) The largest project being assessed is a 10MW biomass plant that would make NAU carbon neutral.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

In 2013, funding for the project was collected; TSS an engineering firm was hired; TSS moved forward on multiple components of the study.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
Research Yes
Campus Engagement ---
Public Engagement ---
Air & Climate Yes
Buildings Yes
Dining Services ---
Energy Yes
Grounds ---
Purchasing ---
Transportation ---
Waste ---
Water ---
Coordination, Planning & Governance ---
Diversity & Affordability ---
Health, Wellbeing & Work ---
Investment ---

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:

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