COVID-19 Sustainability Guide
In the midst of the confusion and change that we face during this pandemic, it may often prove be difficult to care for both our planet and ourselves. Here are some resources, compiled by the Office of Sustainability staff, that may help in this difficult time.
See the NAU COVID page for the latest university updates
Food Accordion Closed
- Louie’s Cupboard is continuing normal distributions! They are also taking as many food donations as they can, so if you are able, please consider donating. The Office of the Dean of Students is also staying open during its standard hours to allow students to walk in and get food from the Cupboard outside of the typical bi-weekly distributions.
- Check out 49 Plant-Based Vegan Recipes Using Canned and Packaged Foods to eat sustainably using the supplies you have in your home.
- Another pandemic recipe book, organized by what you may currently have stocked up.
- Try a recipe from this stress-baking article to ease your mind or challenge yourself to try something new!
Physical Health Accordion Closed
- We can still get outdoors during this time! Fresh air and physical activity is a great mood-booster and stress-reliever, but it is important to take precautions during this sensitive time.
- Remember social distancing, and wash your hands thoroughly before and after any outdoor activity. Follow CDC Guidelines carefully.
- Consider avoiding areas and times of day that are particularly busy. Lake Mary and Sedona have been particularly busy during the last few weeks, so plan a trip there or to other similarly popular places carefully.
- Stay close to home – the further you travel, the more likely you are to spread illness to other areas. Often, towns associated with outdoor recreation are small, rural areas that do not have the proper infrastructure to handle an outbreak. Explore your area, and find a new favorite outdoor activity or location close by!
- Stay safe! With medical facilities already overwhelmed with the virus, this is not a good time to get hurt. Don’t add to the burden on our healthcare system, and don’t expose yourself to the virus by ending up in the hospital.
- PLEASE respect all closures and be a good steward, now more than ever. If parks, trailheads, or the like are closed, find somewhere else to go. If they are open, realize that maintenance has either been limited or stopped entirely – pack out your trash and try to use the restroom elsewhere!
- Flagstaff outdoor recreation ideas:
- Flagstaff Urban Trail System
- Entrance to the Grand Canyon is free! If you choose to go, exercise great caution, as it is likely to be busy. Find somewhere to enjoy the canyon away from the crowds at the main overlooks.
- Bike along Lake Mary Road – its easy to remain socially distanced, and allows you to get a good workout in!
- Download apps like AllTrails or Trailforks to find trails to hike or bike in your area! Again, please respect any and all closures.
- If you cannot access outdoor recreation where you are, or you are currently in a state that is enforcing a shelter-in-place regulation, try some of these at-home exercise ideas:
- Check out this list of free online workout classes
- Try one of these fitness apps to guide you through workouts
- Yoga: find a YouTube video, web article, or anything like that to practice along with
- Campus Recreation is continuing to do many of their previously scheduled programs, along with some new additions, in the form of Virtual Classes!
- Find virtual concerts or festivals!
- follow your favorite artists on social media – many are live streaming shows directly from those sites!
- Check out Twitch or similar live streaming sites for live concert
- Support local artists by streaming their music!
Mental Health Accordion Closed
- If you can, schedule daily time outside! Find a trail to hike, go for a run, or walk with your family. Even just walking around your neighborhood will allow you to stretch your muscles, breathe in some fresh air, and re-focus.
- Schedule daily time away from screens/news/social media. Especially now, these can be very draining and detrimental to mental health. Find time to get away from this and focus on a new hobby, read a book, or create something!
- Can’t go outside? Listen to nature sounds from around the globe on Nature Soundmap.
- Try these apps that are designed to ease anxiety and help build a sense of well-being:
- Look at the NAU Student Resource Guide
- Contact NAU Counseling Services
- Other Resources
Economic Well-being Accordion Closed
- Many grocery stores and super markets in town are in desperate need of extra employees right now to help with stocking shelves, cleaning, and the like. They are hiring temporary workers for higher wages – for example, Walmart is currently hiring stockers for $15 an hour. If you are recently out of a job due to the pandemic, these stores may be worth looking into.
- Student Mutual Aid Network – This is a Facebook group for college students who are navigating campus closures due to COVID19.
- NAU LEAF Grant for Emergency Assistance
- Other emergency relief/assistance grants:
- Student Emergency Grant
- Fortitude Now Grant
- Indigenous Student Services
- Nursing Student Emergency
- EMSA Student Emergency
- Louie’s Cupboard
- Blavin Scholar Program
- Veteran Student Emergency Fund
- NAU Cares Fund
- Mrs. M Fund
DIY Projects Accordion Closed
At-Home Sustainability Accordion Closed
- COVID and Waste
- The virus can stay alive on certain items for extended periods of time, so be mindful with trash and recycling
- Read about how to reduce waste and shop sustainably during this pandemic
- Check out the Azulita Project Instagram page for information about waste reduction and DIY projects
- Water/Energy Conservation