Sustainability 360 Series was created to highlight Northern Arizona University’s sustainability
research, experts, and programs. With a focus on wildfires, Native American
cultural sustainability, climate science, and drought / water
issues, the series emphasizes the university’s commitment to and expertise in
environmental science and sustainability.
Native American Cultural Sustainability
Northern Arizona University is committed to providing Native American communities with the resources and training necessary to maintain their traditions and economic vitality in the 21st century.
Native Americans Confronting Climate Change
This series explores how tribes and nations across the U.S. are preparing for the impacts of climate change on their communities. Northern Arizona University's Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) is a leading voice in research on climate impacts, as well as on practical steps that Native Americans can take to confront a changing climate.
Each year, wildfire season is trending longer, larger and more extreme. NAU’s wildfire series is designed to provide education on critical issues related to wildfires through expert commentary from the University’s leading fire and forest ecology experts.
Part I: When Wildfires Don't Make Headlines
The first part of the series explores how critical treatments and prevention methods helped contain fires in Arizona before they reached catastrophic levels.
Part II: The Economic Impact of Wildfires
The second part of the series highlights the cost of
wildfire prevention methods and compares them to the suppression costs of
historic fires, using the Wallow, Rodeo-Chediski and Shultz fires as prime
Part III: Creating Resilient Forests
third part of the series explores the proper adaptations that can help forests
become more resilient in the face of disturbances such as climate change and
Drought and Water Issues
As a result of the effects of climate change, drought has increasingly become a critical issue across the U.S., particularly in the West and Southwest. This part of the series examines how researchers are working to mitigate water issues in the West, the relationship between drought and wildfires and how forest restoration treatments may have a positive impact on groundwater sources.
As the changing climate continues to garner more widespread attention, strong climate science and research is vital. Climate science is a focus or part of the work for many scientists, as well as academic programs, at Northern Arizona University.