Green NAU wants YOU to join the Sustainable Ambassadors Program
The program prepares students to take on sustainability challenges as individuals, community members, and professionals. Students who successfully complete the program will be more knowledgeable about climate change, sustainability, and how to tackle these issues in their future professions and lives. Join other students, have fun, learn skills, and make a difference!
Who? Accordion Closed
Any student in any major! Knowing how to act on sustainability will be one of the most important skills to have when you graduate. This is for students with no previous sustainability education or students with background knowledge of sustainability who want a refresher. No matter what you study, Sustainable Ambassadors is for you.
Why? Accordion Closed
Our world faces growing challenges with climate change, pollution, and resource depletion. These problems will affect you, your community, and the entire globe.
The program is designed to offer a fun, practical, and meaningful experience for students who wish to explore sustainability issues.
- Participate in a flexible program on the Canvas platform that you can complete at your own pace
- Learn how you can make a difference and put your knowledge into action
- Develop an important skill set for the future
- Take part in NAU’s flourishing sustainability community
- Gain access to solutions-focused seminars from some of NAU’s top talent
- Build your resume and demonstrate your capability to tackle sustainable issues
- Earn a badge for your resume and LinkedIn account!
What exactly do I have to do?
For volunteer opportunities, check out Flagstaff’s Community Programs.
The Sustainable Ambassador Program would not exist without the passion and dedication of its two lead faculty advisors, Tom Finger and Stefan Sommer.
Tom Finger was instrumental in the development of the Sustainable Ambassador Program and now co-teaches the Sustainable Ambassador Program seminars and workshops. Thomas Finger teaches classes in American and environmental history. His research focuses on the environmental histories of food, water, and energy systems. He is particularly interested in how human economic relationships are embedded in natural systems, and how the materiality of resource flows contributes to economic inequality. In his teaching and research, Dr. Finger looks beyond national borders to ask how larger communities of humans, plants, and animals live within production chains.
Stefan Sommer joined the Sustainable Ambassador Program early on and now co-teaches the Sustainable Ambassador Program seminars and workshops. Stefan has broad interests in understanding how the world works and how to effectively communicate that understanding to people of different cultures. His recent focus has been on communicating effectively about biological diversity to people of different subcultures within the United States.
Rod Parnell joins the Sustainable Ambassadors team for the 2023-2024 academic year. Rod is a Professor Emeritus of Earth and Sustainability at Northern Arizona University. His research focuses on the application of biogeochemistry and geomorphology to sustainable river management in the Western US, and on the transformation of environmental curricula to improve sustainability education.
If you have any questions about the program, send us an email at SustainableAmbassadors@nau.edu