Green Washington Award
2010 - WSRA Recycling Institution of the Year for the compost program
2008 - Green Washington Award from Washington CEO Magazine for SU's sustainable landscape practices and pre-consumer food waste composting program
2007 - Sustainability Innovator Award from the Sustainable Endowments Institute for SU’s pre-consumer food waste composting program
2006 - Diamond Award for Commute Trip Reduction from Commuter Challenge
2004 - Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention and Sustainable Practices and the Department of EcologyPower Player Award from Seattle City Light for demonstrating outstanding leadership and commitment to energy efficiency
Outstanding School in recycling from the National Recycling Coalition
WasteWise Program Champion Award in the “University/College” category from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
BEST Award for Environmental Leadership from the Resource Venture and the City of Seattle
Recycler of the Year Institution of Higher Learning Award from the Washington State Recycling Association
2002 - WasteWise Program Champion Award in the “University/College” category from the U.S. EPA
2001 - WasteWise Partner of the Year Award in the “University/College” category from the U.S. EPA
Best Large Business Program Award from the Department of Ecology.
WasteWise Partner of the Year Award in the “University/College” category from the U.S. EPA
1999 - WasteWise Program Champion Award in the “University/College” category from the U.S. EPA
1998 - WasteWise Program Champion Award in the “University/College” category from the U.S. EPA
1996 - Green Lights Energy Conservation Award from the U.S. EPA in recognition of the University’s energy conserving lighting programs
1994 - Environmental Excellence Award from the Rotary Club of Seattle
Seattle Business magazine named Seattle University
one of Washington's 50 greenest organizations and institutions for
Sierra Club's Cool Schools ranked us 35 out of 118 schools in 2011.
Seattle U was 1 of 2 schools, out of 118 total, scoring 9 out of 10 points for sustainable food practices in Sierra Club’s annual ranking of the U.S.’s greenest colleges.
Newsweek’s Daily Beast placed SU in their Top 20 Colleges with the Best Food for the price, availability and variety of our food; percent of food budget spent on local and organic food, and number of restaurants per capita in the surrounding area.
The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges gave Seattle U 94 out of 99 points for our sustainability-related programs in 2011 and 2010. SU ranks highest of all 28 Jesuit universities nationwide and independent colleges in Washington state.