By Katrina Miller
To celebrate the 48thanniversary of Earth Month, Green NAU is hosting a variety of events throughout April to celebrate sustainability at NAU, educate the community about environmental issues and provide ways the community can help keep NAU and Flagstaff green.
With so much still to learn about environmental sustainability and protection, Green NAU invites the community to get involved in all of the Earth Month festivities.
The NAU Environmental Caucus and NAU Career Development invites students and community members to NAU Careers with Impact. Participants from all field will network with environmental, economic and social sustainability professionals and get information about how they can make an impact in their career. The event will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. April 6 at NAU’s International Pavilion. For more information or to sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the Artist Coalition of Flagstaff from 6-8 p.m. April 7 at the Flagstaff Mall for the opening of the “Flagstaff Recycled” art exhibition. The exhibition features art created from recycled materials by local artists, including students, from all Coconino County, Sedona, Yavapai County and nearby Native American reservations.
The Points of Intervention tour will stop in Flagstaff on April 12 as this year’s Earth Month keynote speaker. The presentation aims to highlight people, companies and movements that are challenging the linear consumption economy, empowering young people to realize their individual skills and passions are essential to the collective solution and spreading the message “Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something.” Join the NAU Environmental Caucus, NAU Sustainable Citizen Program and the McKenzie Foundation from 6-9 p.m. April 12 in the DuBois Ballroom for the keynote speech and a panel discussion with the changemakers of the Post Landfill Action Network.
Participate in the annual Student Water Symposium on April 19-20. The symposium provides undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines the opportunity to share ideas and collaborate on water resource issues. The NAU and Flagstaff communities are invited to attend the student presentations, evening keynote address and the film screenings. For a complete schedule of symposium events and additional information, visit the NAU Student Water Symposium website.
Put on your thinking caps and attend an interactive Sustainability 101 seminar from the NAU Sustainable Citizen Program. Participants will be presented with real-world examples explaining the tenets of sustainability: environmental stewardship, economic health and social justice. Learn how these tenets are interconnected and what actions can be taken to promote more sustainable choices. The seminar will run from noon to 1 p.m. April 20 in Gardner Auditorium at the W. A. Franke College of Business. Stop by to learn more, eat pizza and earn Pathways credits.
What does one do on Earth Day during Earth Month? Help the Earth, of course! The City of Flagstaff is hosting an Earth Day community clean-up of neighborhoods near Bushmaster Park. At 8:30 a.m., volunteers will meet at Bushmaster Park by the east side skating rink before being assigned to teams and different neighborhoods. Volunteers should bring a refillable water bottle or travel coffee mug—Whole Foods Market will provide coffee and breakfast. The clean-up will last from 8:30-10:30 a.m. April 21. To sign up, complete the online form or contact Maggie Twomey.
For a full list of events and more information on how to get involved, visit the NAU Earth Month website.