ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Profile for Northern Arizona University

Submitted on October 31, 2007; last updated on April 24, 2015

Institution Information

Basic Carnegie Classification RU/H: Research Universities (high research activity)
Control Public
Location Flagstaff, AZ
Community Setting Large town
USDOE Climate Zone 5
Current President or Chancellor's Name Dr. Rita Cheng
Current President or Chancellor's Title President
Main Website
Sustainability Website

Implementation Structure

Implementation Liaison's Name John P Morris
Implementation Liaison's Title Associate Vice President
Implementation Liaison's Department Facility Services
Format of Structure Task Force
Number of Individuals in Structure 11-20
Stakeholder Groups Represented Community Leaders, Faculty, Students, Executive, Community Members, Staff
Description Northern Arizona University began some years ago on the road to sustainability. Numerous representative campus and community groups have served on campus sustainability and green building committees. President John Haeger set a goal that Northern Arizona University would be carbon neutral by the year 2020. Recognizing that this ambitious goal would require radically different thinking and direction a task force of the highly motivated, technically sophisticated, and politically astute members were appointed from the campus and community to drive this effort.

Tangible Actions

1. Establish a policy that all new campus construction will be built to at least the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard or equivalent.

Yes: Northern Arizona University has set a goal that all future state funded buildings will be a minimum of LEED Silver. Northern Arizona University has already been building to a LEED standard since 2003 with the Franke College of Business rated at LEED Gold, the School of Engineering rated at LEED Gold, the Applied Research and Development Laboratory building rated at LEED Platinum (one of the first higher education buildings at this rating level in the nation) achieving 60 points within the LEED rating system, and the Hotel and Restaurant Management building expansion rated at LEED Silver. Several other buildings are currently completing the LEED certification approval process including the Extended Campus building expansion at LEED Gold, Health and Learning Center at LEED Silver, Resident Life Warehouse at LEED Silver, Native American Cultural Center at LEED Silver, Liberal Arts building renovation at LEED Silver, and the South Recreation Fields at LEED Silver.

2. Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist.

Yes: Our current technical standards require energy efficient and ENERGY STAR products in renovation and new construction. For several years now Northern Arizona University's formal sustainability plan encouraged the purchase of ENERGY STAR products. However, NAU is now in he process of adding to it's procurement and purchasing standards that ENERGY STAR certified products be purchased for which such ratings exist.

3. Establish a policy of offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions generated by air travel paid for by our institution.

No: The Climate Change Commitment and Campus Sustainability Task Force has identified greenhouse gas emission offsets from air travel as a high priority. Work is underway to develop and implement a internal database of air travel and offset requirements.

4. Encourage use of and provide access to public transportation for all faculty, staff, students and visitors at our institution.

Yes: In 2005 a formal campus transportation masterplan was adopted. That masterplan designs the campus to discourage car travel and promote mass transit on the regional public transportation system. The masterplan eliminates vehicular travel on the campus by closing internal parking lots, closing roads, building additional pedway and bike lanes, parking structures on the periphery of the campus, and most importantly constructing a single dedicated transit spine through the center of campus for exclusive use of hybrid shuttle buses that serve not only the campus community but also provide direct access for the regional bus system. Progress to date includes the addition of dedicated pedways and bikeways, closing of several roads, removal of numerous internal parking lots, completion of the second large parking structure on the edge of campus, parking policy changes that promote car pooling and use of mass transit, design of the dedicated campus transit spine, and a formal agreement with the local transit authority to start the planning process to construct the transit spine, add additional capacity to the system, and provide low cost passes to the system for students, faculty and staff.

5. Within one year of signing this document, begin purchasing or producing at least 15% of our institution's electricity consumption from renewable sources.

Yes: NAU is participating in a regional planning group that includes local cities, counties, corporations, and non-profits named the 'Northern Arizona Renewable Energy Group' (NAREG). The purpose of the group is to encourage the development of renewable energy in the state. Members of the group have committed to an initial commitment to purchase 5% of the entities electrical consumption from renewable sources and incrementally increase the percentage of renewable sourced electricity over the next five years. Northern Arizona University has installed a 163 Kwh photovoltaic farm which is the first of a series of renewable energy installations on the campus to include wind and biomass. In addition, Northern Arizona University is working as an investor and consultant with both private and public entities developing large scale renewable energy projects.

6. Establish a policy or a committee that supports climate and sustainability shareholder proposals at companies where our institution's endowment is invested.

No: No information provided.

7. Participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, and adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste.

Yes: Although NAU does not participate in RecycleMania, the university does have a waste minimization task force looking at ways to reduce waste coming onto campus, reduce on campus waste through campus processes and programs, and reduce landfill waste through recycling, reuse and composting.