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
IN-4: Innovation 4

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:
Better World Film Series

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

In 2013, NAU Office of Sustainability started the Better World Film Series.
The series brings big name documentary films to campus at no cost to students or the public. The series showed our society’s greatest challenges and celebrate the triumph of the human spirit as we strive to create a more sustainable world.

2013 Films:
Bag It
Last Call at the Oasis
End of the Line
In Organic We Trust
Revenge of the Electric Car
The Big Fix
A Chemical Reaction
Your Environmental Road Trip
Chasing Ice

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

The attendance at the films averaged over 55 attendees including students and public. As the series progressed the attendance was highest at the final two films, Chasing Ice and Four Stories About Water, 120 and 80 attendees, respectively.

The experience provided education for many people that would not otherwise have been exposed to environmental material. The films provide a way for professors to promote student engagement, and offer curriculum or extra credit. The series encourages discussion about important contemporary subjects between, faculty, experts, students, and the public. The series offers a way for student clubs, organizations, or interest groups to get involved across campus through cooperation with the films.

Because of the popularity of the series, it will continue as an annual program administrated by the Office of Sustainability.

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 Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate No
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Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:

The website URL where information about the innovation is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

Many of the movies covered topics listed in the sub-categories that we did not list specifically.

Many of the movies covered topics listed in the sub-categories that we did not list specifically.

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