Climate Action Plan
The current Climate Crisis is a global emergency and it is important to respond as such.
We are proud of the City of Flagstaff Climate Emergency Declaration and their leadership within our community. Located in Arizona, we face increased climate vulnerabilities such as water scarcity, extreme heat waves, wildfires, and public health issues. As an institutional leader, NAU is responding to this global issue with a focus on adaptability, innovation, and stewardship.
We are focused on community engagement to ensure that we create a plan that reflects our current needs from our greater campus community. We are in the creation phase of our climate action planning process and we want to ensure we are reflecting the needs of our campus. Take the survey below to provide your insight!
What is a Climate Action Plan (CAP)?
A Climate Action Plan serves as a strategic document that helps guide a community towards a common stewardship goal. A majority of university Climate Action Plans focus on lessening consumption, carbon footprint, and creating a more sustainable institution. NAU is a leader in higher education for sustainability and a founding signee of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and the Second Nature Carbon Pledge in 2007.
Why do we need a CAP?
Similar to a campus Master Plan, a Climate Action Plan can inform discretionary decision-making regarding the strategic direction of the university. As sustainability-related and environmental science degree programs continue to grow in relevance and demand across the nation, and at NAU in particular, it is a strategic development to institute a Climate Action Plan to reach university and community goals (i.e. carbon neutrality, stewardship, student job skills, etc.) It is essential for the campus community to have a guiding road-map for a sustainable future to help further the Living Laboratory ideal, which is a concept to define how research, campus needs and student learning can come together to foster an active learning community.
It is a campus wide effort that extends into the greater Flagstaff and Northern Arizona community.
CAP Update – Virtual Campus Forum
If you were unable to make it to the CAP Virtual Campus Forum on February 3rd, 2021, here is a recording of the forum.
We want to hear from you! Please submit any questions, ideas, input, or solutions for Climate Action at NAU by filling out the form below.
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Previous Climate Action Plans Accordion Closed
2010 Climate Action Plan
- NAU’s first Climate Action Plan
- Goal: “Carbon Neutrality by 2020”
- Short-term campus changes; creation of campus action teams (i.e. Waste Minimization, etc.)
- Completed externally by NORESCO with Phase 1 efficiencies implemented
- Maintained energy and water consumption levels alongside an increase of campus growth
- Created foundation for Office of Sustainability (Environmental Caucus, Green Fund, etc)
2015 Sustainable Action Plan
- Goal: Revise and Update the 2010 Plan
- Completed internally by NAU committees and service groups
- Focused on Actionable Items in 7 specific areas:
- Recycling and Waste Minimization
- Energy and Climate
- Academics and Research
Feedback 2019 Accordion Closed
From our Kickoff meeting with the Environmental Caucus in April 2019, we have been gathering and compiling feedback from the campus community. Review what we heard below!
CAP Survey Results
In Oct. 2019, we sent out our survey to a random sample of 2,000 NAU community members – 1,800 Student, 100 Staff, and 100 Faculty. We received N=240 responses and have linked to the results below.
City / NAU Collective Actions Accordion Closed
State of Climate Action – Oct. 1, 2020 Accordion Closed
Climate Justice Panel – Oct. 21, 2020 Accordion Closed
Opening remarks by Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator Summer Peltzer and Sustainability Manager Matt Muchna. We had a inspiring conversation about climate justice and its impacts within both the Flagstaff and NAU community as a whole. This event took on issues that have been created by climate change, that affect people among different populations within Arizona. The panelists include Mayor Coral Evans, Co-manager for ITEP Nikki Cooley, and Director of Research Experiences for Undergraduates Ted Martinez.
Other Reports Accordion Closed