Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.42
Liaison Matthew Muchna
Submission Date March 3, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Northern Arizona University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Ellen Vaughan
Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?:
Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website (optional):

The Green NAU website was developed in 2009 to house information, multimedia, and links related to sustainability at NAU.

NAU also has a "Sustainability 360: Learning, Living, and Leading Green" website that disseminates information on NAU's sustainability research and our top sustainability researchers.
http://nau.edu/Sustainability-360/


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The main outlet for sustainability related information is the Green NAU biweekly newsletters. The Environmental Caucus facilitates this creative and strategic communication across campus to advance the institutional commitment to sustainability and to promote education, research, and collaboration on the environment. The scope and responsibilities of the Caucus are defined by participants, with an overarching goal to add value to existing programs and to bring benefits to NAU’s many environmental programs and activities. The EC list-serve has over 2,600 subscribers. The newsletters have a variety of diverse announcements regarding events, news, volunteer opportunities, jobs, and new initiatives.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
Does the institution have social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, interactive blogs) that focus specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the social media platforms that focus on sustainability:

Green NAU Blog: http://www2.nau.edu/green-p/

Green NAU Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GreenNAU

Green NAU You Tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/GreenNAU

Green NAU Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/greennau/?hl=en

Green NAU Twitter: https://twitter.com/greennau


The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat?:
Yes

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:

The Lumberjack student newspaper covers campus sustainability stories regularly.


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
Does the institution produce a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

The NAU Green Fund financially funds campus sustainability projects. These projects may be in the form of student research projects which are publicized on the NAU Green Fund website, showed to the public at the annual Sustainability Awards
http://nau.edu/Green-NAU/NAU-Green-Fund/

University Marketing is home to several different teams that contribute to promotion of the university’s sustainability programs and initiatives. The Marketing content team writes the articles and copy on sustainability found on the university’s websites and in advertising materials. The design team brings written and visual elements together to create stunning advertising work that is published in prominent places and publications. The publishing team is specifically tasked with national and local media outreach efforts promoting NAU’s sustainability projects.


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

In the University's 1st LEED Platinum building - the Applied Research and Development Building - there are large signs on the columns throughout the length of the lobby indicating important sustainability features.

In the University's 2nd LEED Platinum building - the International Pavilion - There is signage throughout the building describing its sustainable features. There is also a Lucid dashboard that shows and explains building energy use.

In the LEED Gold Franke College of Business, there is an educational kiosk as well as screens and some educational signage.

The LEED Gold Engineering building has brochures available for people to do self-guided tours of the building highlighting the sustainability features of the facility.

There are signs across campus educating people about the water bottle refill stations.

There are LEED plaques at the entryway to each of our 14 LEED buildings.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
Does the institution have signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

Dining Services works hard to ensure that their sustainability efforts are widely publicized in order to create some passive education opportunities in the dining facilities. Local and organic foods are labeled in the dining halls so that students know what foods are sustainable and healthy. This includes organic greens at the salad bar, some organic offerings and local offerings at the vegetarian station, and an organic/fair trade coffee bar.
Large banners explaining the utilization of local farms are at the dining facilities.

Table tents are also an effective means of sustainability communication for the Dining Services Department. Weekly table tents are put on the tables in the dining halls often with information on recycled napkins, the tray-less dining program, or waste reduction in the dining facilities.

There is digital signage around the dining hall also promoting sustainable components.

Dining Services has a sustainability webpage to help convey information as well.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
No

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

NAU Arboretum tour consists of three distinct tree walks


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
Does the institution produce a guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:

Partnering with Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (NAIPTA), the University works to create and distribute an alternative public transportation map for community members: www.mountainlink.az.gov

Parking Services offers shuttle information and a real-time map of shuttles current locations: http://nau.edu/Parking-Shuttle-Services/Shuttle-Information/

Campus Recreation Services provides information on NAU's Yellow Bike Program: http://nau.edu/Green-NAU/Yellow-Bike-Program/

All of these services and more are explained during orientation and in orientation guides.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
Yes

A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

Parking Services provides a campus map highlighting bike and pedestrian paths.

During bike to work week NAU provides further information for bike commuters.


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

The NAU Green Guide is available through the Residence Life website. It contains tips on reducing, reusing, recycling, toxin awareness, and more.

Residence Life also runs the "No Impact Jack" program that further guides residence hall users through sustainable living tips: https://nau.edu/Residence-Life/Life-on-Campus/Sustainability/sustainable-living-certificate/


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
Yes

A brief description of these materials or publications:

We have a "Sustainability at NAU" quick two pager that states our most recent accomplishments and ways to get involved.

We have a "Creating a Culture of Sustainability" brochure that talks about degrees and research labs.

We have brochures for specific new LEED buildings and a (aging) brochure for all our green building.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
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