Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability


  • Check out our Eco-Challenge events!

    CEJS Social

    Dam Removal on the Elwha River | Climate Justice Around the World

    Wednesday, April 1, 5:00-6:30 PM--Student Center 160 

    • Join us for good food, drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and conversation! SU faculty members Cynthia Moe-Lobeda and Wes Lauer will present their CEJS-sponsored research. Student fellows’ research will be featured as well. Check out our flyer here
    • LOCATION : The Student Center is off of East James Way (see "STCN" on map). Room 160 (LeRoux) is on the first floor.
    • PARKING : We will provide parking in the Murphy Garage (see "P4" on map). Tell the parking booth attendant you are on campus for the "CEJS Gathering." Once parked, take the skyway across East James Way directly to the Student Center.

    Eco-Challenge Week 1: Tues., April 7-Sun., April 12

    Seattle University Grounds and Landscaping Tour 

    Wednesday, April 8, 12:30-1:30 PM 
    Reflection Pool in front of the St. Ignatius Chapel

    • Join Seattle U’s garden experts for a tour of the grounds highlighting our sustainable practices!   

    City Cycling 101 w/ OAR

    Thursday, April 9th, 7:30 PM 

    Eisiminger Fitness Center  

    • Riding a bike is a fun, efficient, and environmentally friendly way to travel around the city. Learn the basics of city cycling on a stationary bike to help you get on your way to becoming a wheatherd urban cyclist. Attendees will learn hands-on the basic signals, riding etiquette, and rules and tips for the road.

    Seattle Tilth's Food and Faith Initiative

    Friday, April 10, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM    

    St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 111 Northeast 80th St., Seattle, WA 98115  

    • Share a meal with members of other faith groups around King County. Join us as we talk about our experiences in the garden and how these experiences relate to our own faith traditions.  We will be hosting a garden tour of St. Andrew’s Episcopal garden and a garden workshop.  Please RSVP -- reserve tickets here 

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    Eco-Challenge Week 2: Mon., April 13-Sun., April 19

    Climate Change and China: Ways Toward Lives Worth Living 

    Monday, April 13, 7:00 PM 
    Pigott 201

    • Dr. Graham Parkes is one of today's leading comparative philosophers and environmental philosophers. His many works include Composing the Soul: Reaches of Nietzsche's Psychology (Chicago, 1996), the edited volumes Nietzsche and Asian Thought and Heidegger and Asian Thought, and translations of Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Berthier's Reading Zen in the Rocks, and Reinhard May's Heidegger's Hidden Sources: East-Asian Influences on His Works. He is currently finishing a comparative philosophical study on climate change. For more information, contact Dr. Jason M. Wirth, Sponsored by the Pigott-McCone Chair.    


    Step Into Nature: Nurturing Imagination and Spirit in Everyday Life Workshop and Reading 

    Wednesday, April 15th, 2:30-4:30 
    Wyckoff Auditorium

    • Patrice Vecchione shows readers how nature can support and enhance their own creative output, invigorate their curiosity, and restore their sense of connection to the earth. Plus, throughout the text Vecchione includes "Cabinets of Curiosities," exercises and suggestions for practical and unexpected ways that readers can stimulate their imaginations, deepen their relationships with nature, and experience the harmony between creativity, spirit, and the natural world. 

    • Vecchione will also be hosting a book signing and reading on April 14th at 7:00pm at The Elliot Bay Book Company.

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    Outdoor Movie Night - Princess Monoke

    Thursday, April 16th, 7:00 PM

    • On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony.

    • Come enjoy this epic Japanese fantasy anime classic and explore its message of industrialism's degradation of the environment.

    Whidbey Island Earth Sanctuary Tour w/ OAR

    Saturday, April 18th, 8:30 AM-5 PM
    Whidbey Island Earth Sanctuary - Transportation Provided by OAR

    • This trip provides an easy, 90-minute guided tour of Earth Sanctuary nature reserve on Whidbey Island. Walk through the surrounding forests and wetland ecosystems and be introduced to calming meditation practices you can do outside. Register here with OAR to reserve your spot!


    Eco-Challenge Week 3: Mon., April 20-Sun., April 26


    Interfaith Earth Day

    Tuesday, April 21, 11:45 AM-1:30 PM 
    Student Center 160

    • Join us for this year's Interfaith Earth Day, hosted by Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry and Earth Ministry. The theme, Indigenous Rights, Indignant Wrongs, will address the devastating impacts of fossil fuel megaprojects on Native American culture and spirituality, reminding us all of our shared responsibility to protect Mother Earth.

    • Lummi Nation elder and master carver Jewell James will tell the tale of the 2014 Totem Pole Journey that honored, united, and empowered communities in the destructive path of coal and oil exports. Mennonite activists Meg and Peter Lumsdaine will speak about their recent efforts to address mining injustice with Native communities in Mexico.

    • This Earth Day celebration will include a stunning array of visual representation of indigenous communities' connection to creation, including a performance by the Danza Quetzalcoatl de Olympia Dance Troupe and a display of the collaborative mural that was painted by communities along the Totem Pole Journey.

    • Find out more about the event here.

    Seattle University Earth Day Event with David Korten 
    "From Serving Money to Serving Life: A Sacred Story for Our Time"

    Wednesday, April 22, Pigott Auditorium, 7-8:30 PM

    • The living  Earth is under assault by an economy that values money more than life. This Seattle University Earth Day event will examine why we fail as a society to address this crime against creation and how our religious and educational institutions are being called to respond. 

    • David Korten, best-selling author and former Harvard business professor, joins us on Earth Day. In his latest book Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth, Korten notes that human societies are shaped far more than we commonly recognize by the sacred stores around which we organize. One of the most foundational of biblical stories tells us that we must choose between service to life and service to money. But, we now organize as a global society bya a Sacred Money and Markets story that leads us to serve money, rather than life. Our future depends on a deep economic transformation. A future grounded in a Sacred Life and Living Earth story that celebrates the deep and self-evident truth that we are living beings born of and nurtured by a living Earth.

    Earth Day Plant Giveaway 

    Friday, April 24, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM
    Broadway Community Garden (Broadway and Columbia)

    • Stop by and grab free veggie starts for your garden! Visit our pop-up stations where you can learn about biochar, potting soil sustainable alternatives, and vermiculture.

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    Eco-Challenge Week 4: Mon., April 27-Sun., May 3

    Lunchtime Garden Talk with Janice 

    Tuesday, April 28, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

    • You love tomatoes! So do we! Just because you live in the Pacific Northwest, doesn’t mean you should be discouraged. Janice will teach you the secrets to growing heat-loving veggies! 

    Intro to Mindfulness: Guided Meditation w/ OAR 

    Thursday, April 30th 2:05-3:00 PM
    Union Green (Rainsite - Bannan Atrium)

    • Learn to make stress melt away using mindfulness meditation while appreciating the beauty of the outdoors. Participants will be introduced to the method with an outdoor, guided meditation. Following the 10-15 minute guided meditation, the facilitator will offer tips and tricks to help participants begin to familiarize themselves with the feeling of meditation and help them understand how to mediate on their own.

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