Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.42
Liaison Matthew Muchna
Submission Date March 3, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Northern Arizona University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Ellen Vaughan
Office of Sustainability
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

Second Nature

Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

Arizona Forward

Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

2016 AASHE:
Submission Title: Utilizing Community Based Social Marketing to Transform Sustainable Behavior
Submission Type: Panel Discussion
360 Degrees of Recognition: How and Why It Matters
Poster Presentation

Cori Cusker
Coordinator for Sustainability
Housing and Residence Life
Northern Arizona University
PO Box 6100
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
Phone: 928-523-5063

Rocky Mountain APPA:
Presentation Title: Bringing Green Funds home to Facility Services

Ellen Vaughan
Manager, Office of Sustainability
Facility Services
Northern Arizona University
(o) 928-523-1791
(c) 315-472-7959

Dining Presentations 2015-2016
AASHE: Two 30 min case study presentations by Dining’s Student Sustainability Coordinator and Sustainability Specialist
• Creating a Health Culture at NAU: How Partnership Between Campus Dining and Health Promotion
• Waste Reduction Strategies and Building Community Through Food Donations

Catherine Sullivan <Catherine.Sullivan@nau.edu> Sodexo Sustainability Coordinator

poster at WindPower 2016 about the Collegiate Wind Competition
Karin Wadsack, Project Director SESES

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

2016 Arizona Forward, two awards:
Commercial & Institutional
Name of Entry: Northern Arizona University International Pavilion
Recognition to: Northern Arizona University


Award Of Merit
Name of Entry: Arizona State University College Avenue Commons
Recognition to: Arizona State University
Name of Entry: Northern Arizona University, Student & Academic Services Building
Recognition to: Northern Arizona University Student & Academic Services Building

2015: Solar Thermal Hot Air Technology which won Arizona Forward’s award for Energy and Technology Innovation. We also took home the Award of Merit for the Governor’s Award for Arizona’s Future for installing the technology on campus.


Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

The Northern Arizona Regional Council is made up of 12 appointed Arizona Forward members who work in and around Coconino County and is chaired by Joanne Keene, Chief of Staff, President's Office, NAU. 2016-ongoing

City of Flagstaff's Sustainability Commission:
Ellen Vaughan, Manager, NAU's Office of Sust. 2014-2015
John Kistler, Sr. Laboratory Manager (Dept. of Physics and Astronomy) at NAU. 2015 - 2016
Dara Marks-Marino, NAU's Career Coordinator, Climate Science and Solutions. 2016 - ongoing
Brian Petersen, assistant professor in Geography, Planning & Recreation. 2016 - ongoing

Rod Parnell, PhD
Pres. Council of Environmental Deans and Directors, National Council for Science and the Environment. 2016- ongoing

Board of Directors for Sustainable Economic Development Institute: http://www.sedinaz.org/
Ron Hubert, Adjunct Professor in the Sustainable Communities Program at Northern Arizona University’s School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability.

Board of Directors for Friends of Flagstaff Future: http://www.friendsofflagstaff.org/board-staff-interns/
Emily Melhorn, a masters candidate at NAU in the Sustainable Communities program and also receiving a Community Planning certificate. 2015 - ongoing

Board of Directors for Willow Bend Center: http://willowbendcenter.org/board-of-directors/
Nikki Cooley, Senior Program Coordinator, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, NAU

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

School Garden Action Learning Team "ALT" began taking shape during the fall of 2010. The premise behind the School Gardens ALT is to integrate undergraduate students from NAU into a local community school teaching and learning with the students about gardening and environmental education. School Gardens is a multi-layers initiative for empowering local youth and NAU undergraduates, to facilitate civic engagement, develop a working relationship with community members/partners, teachers, youth, and peers through education and the magic of gardening. Everyone involved within the School Garden ALT will be working to create and strengthen school gardens, integrate gardening and environmental education into the curriculum, imagine and help create a whole food system at each school (rainwater catchment, composting of kitchen and schoolyard waste, vermiculture, permaculture, etc). Create community connections, entrepreneurial food-related projects, and seasonal garden celebrations between schools.

Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

Program review for the College of Charlestons

Rod Parnell, PhD
Pres. Council of Environmental Deans and Directors, National Council for Science and the Environment
Coordinator of Academic Sustainability
Professor, School of Earth Sciences & Environmental Sustainability
Frier Hall 207
Box 4099, Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-4099
(928) 523-3329

Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

The AZ "Tri-schools" sust. departments work well to collaborate with each other. Through meetings and regular email communication.

I have meet with ASU to discuss the potential of having a collaborative student emissions reduction engagement program.

We have recently shared with them NAU's Energy Mentor Guide which is also now a resource on AASHE's Hub.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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