Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.48
Liaison Abraham (Avi) Henn
Submission Date Sept. 28, 2020

STARS v2.2

Northern Arizona University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Matthew Muchna
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in curriculum and/or research?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to academics and the plan(s) in which they are published:

http://nau.edu/Green-NAU/SAP-Academics---Research/

Academics
Objective 1: Embed environmental sustainability issues across the curriculum.
Objective 2: Prepare students to compete in and be agents of change for a more sustainable society and economy. Maintain and develop disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs in sustainability.
Objective 3: Partner with the community to provide opportunities for students in the green economy.


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address student, employee, or community engagement for sustainability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to engagement and the plan(s) in which they are published:

In the Sustainability Action Plan, actions require the maintenance of:
1) Residence Life maintains one EcoRep in each Residence Hall every year.

2) The Green Fund has very detailed objectives and timeframes. Each semester they accept many Green Fund proposals. http://nau.edu/Green-NAU/NAU-Green-Fund/

3) SAP academics: "continue to promote campus-wide learning opportunities by incorporating sustainability themes into the lecture series and other community engagement activities."


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in operations?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to operations and the plan(s) in which they are published:

http://nau.edu/Green-NAU/SAP-Energy---Climate/

Objective 1: Complete administrative actions to develop the necessary foundation for achieving climate neutrality goal
Objective 2: Implement diverse and comprehensive energy conservation programs
Objective 3: Implement energy efficiency policies and upgrades
Objective 4: Utilize renewable energy


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address diversity, equity, and inclusion; sustainable investment/finance; or wellbeing?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to administration and the plan(s) in which they are published:

NAU has a Strategic plan this past year that includes a portion for Campus Planning and Operations with Sustainability goals listed under goal #5- Stewardship.

https://in.nau.edu/strategic-planning/goals-and-strategies/


Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

The institution’s highest guiding document (upload):
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Website URL where the institution’s highest guiding document is publicly available:
Which of the following best describes the inclusion of sustainability in the highest guiding document?:
Minor theme

The institution's sustainability plan (upload):
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Website URL where the institution's sustainability plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body?:
Yes

The formal statement in support of sustainability:

The updated strategic plan is being finalized via administration.

I will list the goals and strategies from our 2016 Strategic Plan.

The sixth strategy in NAU's 2016 Strategic Plan is:

6. Sustainability and Effectiveness: Exemplify a sustainable, innovative, and effective university community

Strategies:
a. Model environmentally responsible and sustainable operations and education
b. Continue to improve institutional effectiveness and organizational performance
c. Maximize faculty, and staff commitment through workforce practices and services that contribute to the long-term viability of the university
d. Develop fundraising opportunities in support of expanded capacity to meet the strategic goals


The institution’s definition of sustainability:

Stewardship of environmental, economic, and social resources.


Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter ---
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) ---
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter ---
Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability ---
SDG Accord ---
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment Yes
The Talloires Declaration (TD) ---
UN Global Compact ---
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) ---

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:

Signatory of the The American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), under the Carbon Commitment. The plan is to include the resilience threshold planning needed to make the leap to the Climate Commitment after our updated planning effort 2019-2020.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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To find the link to our past Climate Action Plans and current planning effort, you can visit nau.edu/cap

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