Our Initiatives

Student Action Research Teams


Detailed description and contact information of the Student Action Teams

Green Jacks (Students Environmental Caucus) – Engaging students in environmental advocacy and connecting student environmental groups across campus.
Contact: Kevin Ordean

Transportation Action Team – Educating and advocating for sustainable transportation alternatives at NAU.
ContactCori Cusker or Derek Hansen

NAU Green Fund - The NAU Green Fund promotes student participation in and provides funding for projects that reduce NAU's negative impact on the environment and make NAU more sustainable.
Contact: Caryn Massey

Waste Minimization Action Team by Facility Services- Pursuant to President Haeger’s goal for Northern Arizona University to reach carbon neutrality by 2020 and the University’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, they develop infrastructure and processes that efficiently and effectively minimize all facets of waste generated on or by the NAU campus.
WMT Aversion Team - Create and implement an aversion plan for all materials coming onto campus that will be required to be disposed of through landfill, recycling, compositing, etc.
WMT Diversion Team - Create and implement programs that divert all waste stream materials from the Landfill.    
WMT Reuse Team - Create and implement programs that promote reuse of campus materials. 
Contact: Avi Henn or Nick Koressel

Sustainable Landscape Maintenance Project - Eliminating the use of toxic herbicides, pesticides and other hazardous materials on the NAU campus, facilitating land-based practices that demonstrate sustainable methods.
Contact:  Paul Gazda

Training Programs

Energy Mentors Program by Facility Services - Become an NAU Energy Mentor! Learn about what the University is doing to reach its carbon neutrality goals and how to engage fellow faculty and staff to help them reduce energy waste. 
Contact: Avi Henn or Nick Koressel
Eco-Reps Program by Residence Life - The role of the Eco-Rep is to provide peer to peer education on how to live more sustainably in NAU residential communities. Eco-Reps serve as a resource and role model to promote environmentally conscious behavior within their residential community/area.
Contact: Cori Cusker

Academic Action Teams

Ponderosa Group (Curriculum Action Team) – An interdisciplinary faculty team exploring the promise and possibilities of deepening sustainability at NAU, in Flagstaff, and the Colorado Plateau region.
Contact: Rod ParnellBlase ScarnatiRom Coles, or Janine Schipper

Accomplishments:

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Environmental and Sustainability Programs
B.S/B.A.Interdisciplinary Studies - Environmental Sciences
Graduate Programs focused in Environmental Studies and Sustainability