Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.48
Liaison Dayna Cook
Submission Date Sept. 28, 2020

STARS v2.2

Northern Arizona University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Matthew Muchna
Sustainability 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?:

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:

2017, 2018, 2019 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 4,200 subscribers. The newsletters have a variety of diverse announcements regarding events, news, volunteer opportunities, jobs, and new initiatives.

2019, 2020; The Office of Sustainability now sends out its weekly "Green Flash" newsletter to over 4,200 community members, students, staff, faculty, alumni written by student workers that lists sustainability announcements including events, news, jobs and resources for the week. The focus is on connecting the campus community to local and on-campus sustainability events and sharing key initiatives with ways to get involved.

Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:

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.

Updating the 365 Big belly signage to showcase recycling, O2Go reusable to-go containers, glass recycling, and updated flagstaff recycling laws.

Dining: O2Go program signage to walk student through how to purchase a reusable to-go container and where to drop them off for cleaning. https://www2.nau.edu/green-p/index.php/2018/01/28/o2go-nau-reusable-containers/

Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

NAU Arboretum tour consists of three distinct tree walks: http://www7.nau.edu/arboretum/index.html

We are working on creating a "green map" with ITS to showcase our Green Fund projects and sustainability features across campus, such as wind turbines, solar arrays, passive heating, glass recycling, etc.

Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:

A brief description of the guide for green living and/or 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/

Semesterly presentations are given to resident assistants about sustainability resources on campus and ways to incorporate sustainability into programming for events.

A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:

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 brochure for all our green buildings.

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