Student groups

Sustainability-related student groups provide leadership experience and learning opportunities across campus.

Environmental Caucus Action Teams

Energy Action Team 
Contact: Ellen Vaughan to join listserve

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

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: David Miller

Waste Minimization Action Team by Green NAU Energy Initiative 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.
Contact: Avi Henn or Nick Koressel
  • 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. 
Sustainable Environmental Practices Action Team - 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

Campus Groups

  • Green Jacks
  • Eco-Reps
  • Net Impact NAU
  • Sustainable Energy Club
  • Hospitality and Business Sustainability Club (HBS)
  • Connecting Higher Education Indigenously (CHEI)
  • Botany Club
  • Engineers Without Borders
  • Forestry Club 
  • Hiking Club (NAUHC)
  • Program in Community, Culture and Environment (CCE)
  • Student Association for Fire Ecology (SAFE)
  • The Wildlife Society
  • Ambassadors for the College of Engineering, Forestry & Natural Sciences (ACEFNS)
  • Anthropology Club
  • Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP)
  • Astronomy Astrobiology Club
  • Please visit TrueBlue Connects webpage for more NAU student organizations.

    Community Re-engagement for Arizona Families, Transitions, and Sustainability

    Northern Arizona University’s Campus and Community-Based Action Research Teams (ARTs) are changing the way our students participate in the classroom and with the community. The ARTs create dynamic intergenerational active learning communities, bringing first year seminar students, returning undergraduates, masters students in the Sustainable Communities program and community partners into a collaborative relationship. We seek to foster sustainable communities through activism, hands-on work and educational activities that bring a greater understanding and awareness across a wide spectrum of issues. Since the ARTs began working with the First Year Seminar program in the fall of 2011, we have grown to include over 12 Action Research Teams involving over 350 undergraduate and 20 graduate students participating both on and off campus in the areas of social, environmental, and economic justice every semester. This includes water rights, food justice, alternative business models, voting, gay rights, engaged democratic learning, health and much more. The ARTs are growing and expanding each and every semester, and we would love to see this continue. You do not have to be a freshman to be a part of the ARTs, but if you are, we offer FYSeminar courses such as Living the Good Life, Food for Thought, The Great Immigration Debate, Western and Alternative Medicine, and In the Business of Change. These options grow each semester as well, and we often have openings for peer teaching assistant jobs for upper-classmen. Get engaged, take action and join the ARTs today!
    The Action Research Teams (ARTs) include: 
    • Public Achievement 
    • The Weatherization and Community Building Action Team (WACBAT) is a student led group that focuses on student and community engagement to bring about culture change, policy change, and community building around environmental issues and social justice. We brainstorm solutions and projects that address these local and environmental issues, then we put our plans into action to get good things done.
      Get in touch with us, if you are interested in becoming a part of the WACBAT team! Contact WACBAT’s facilitators Danika, Danielle and Seth by sending an email to
    • Action Group for Water Advocacy (AGWA) is aimed to raise awareness in advocacy pertaining to water usage locally on campus and globally off campus by education and empowering students to become involved in the topic and conversation. Our current goal is to work, in conjunction with the Action Research Teams on campus, to involve students with on the ground advocacy, involvement and education.
      Contact: Sara Leibold
    • Immigration
    • Sustainable Living and Urban Gardening (SSLUG)
    • Flagstaff Foodlink: Community Gardens
    • Flagstaff Foodlink: School Gardens
    • Health Education About Lifestyles and Therapies Holístico (H.E.A.L.T.H.)
    • Art Through all Mediums (ATAM)
    • Queer and Ally (Q&A)
    • New Economy Northern Arizona (NENAU)
    • Students Nurturing Alternatives in Landscaping (SNAIL)
    • VeloComposting 
    Residence Life has developed on-campus communities where like-minded students live and study together.
    For a listing of hundreds of other NAU clubs and organizations, visit True Blue Connects