Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability


  • Check out our EcoChallenge events!

    EcoChallenge Week 2: Mon. April 13-Sun. April 19


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

    Wednesday, April 15th: 2:30-3:30 PM; Student Workshop, Wyckoff Auditorium
    Wednesday, April 15th: 4:30-5:30 PM; Reading, 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.

    The Interoceanic Mega-Canal Project in Nicaragua: Experts alarmed about cultural and biological impacts -- Opportunities for collaborative research

    Wednesday, April 15th, 3:30-5:00 PM

    Stuart T. Rolfe Room in Admissions and Alumni Building (ADAL)

    • Considered the largest infrastructure project in the history of Latin America, an interoceanic canal project through Nicaragua sets this impoverished nation in conflict between quick economic development versus potentially significant environmental and cultural impact. 
    • Will the canal irreparably damage Lake Cocibolca, the largest freshwater tropical lake of the Americas? What impact will it have on the rich terrestrial and marine biodiversity of the region? What about the rights of the indigenous and minority populations through whose land the canal would pass? 
    • In this workshop we will underline opportunities for collaborations in environmental research and conservation.
    • Speaker Dr. Jorge Huete is the Founding President of the Nicaraguan Academy of Sciences and the Senior Vice President of the University of Central America.

    Outdoor Movie Night - Princess Mononoke

    Thursday, April 16th, 7:00-9:15 PM

    Nature Nook (Fitness Center Lawn)

    • 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-5:00 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!


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    EcoChallenge Week 3: Mon. April 20-Sun. April 26

    Boycott in Skagit Valley: Panel on Farmworkers' Rights

    Monday, April 20, 7:00-9:00 PM

    Wyckoff Auditorium

    • Currently, most of us are disconnected from how our food is grown. We often forget that it is the labor of farm workers and their families that makes it possible to produce food cheaply and conveniently.

    • With the growth of corporate and political power in the agricultural industry there is an ongoing and well-institutionalized oppression and exploitation of farmworkers. Through market competition for cheap food, farm workers' limits of legal status, low wages, restrictions on organizing, and poor living and working conditions, the struggle for justice continues in Washington’s agricultural regions.

    • In response to conditions at the Sakuma Brothers Berry farm, Familias Unidas is organizing a boycott of Sakuma berries and their main purchasers, including Driscoll’s, Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream, and Yoplait Yogurt. To raise awareness and show support of the farmworkers’ struggle, we are inviting members of the Familias Unidas union, as well as Community to Community organizers, to present a panel discussion of their work and experiences.
    • For more information, click here to view the flier.

    Interfaith Earth Day 2015: Indigenous Rights, Indignant Wrongs

    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, 7:00-8:30 PM

    Pigott Auditorium

    • The living  Earth is under assault by an economy that values money more than life. This 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, in his latest book Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth, 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 by 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.

    Aquaponics Design with speaker Dan Albert

    Tuesday, April 21, 12:30-1:20 PM

    Wyckoff Auditorium 

    •  Dan Albert, owner of FarmBox Greens, will discuss aquaponics design and urban farming. FarmBox Greens uses a vertical farm system equipped with LED lights and a re-circulating nutrient solution to grow micro greens.
    • Click here to view the flier.

    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.

    SHELL NO: Seattle Draws the Line Rally*

    Sunday, April 26, 2:00 PM

    Myrtle Edwards Park, 3130 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA

    • In January, it became public that the Port of Seattle agreed to house Shell's Arctic drilling fleet this spring. But Seattleites are showing Shell it made a mistake in choosing Seattle as its home base. Community members will rally together to take a stand against dirty fossil fuel projects in the Pacific Northwest and everywhere. The drilling equipment is on its way to Seattle right now. It will sit in the Seattle Harbor as the community gathers to say, "Shell No!"

    • Speakers will include Sundance Chief Rueben George, Annie Leonard of Greenpeace USA, and a star lineup of local climate justice speakers including Jill Mangaliman of Got Green, and Sarra Tekola of Divest UW.

    • For more information, click here

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    *The opinions expressed at community events do not necessarily reflect those of Seattle University

    EcoChallenge Week 4: Mon. April 27-Sun. May 3


    Climate Changing Us? An Evening of Reflection and Ritual

    Tuesday, April 27, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM
    Chapel of St. Ignatius

    • The planet is suffering. Our emotions in response to this suffering are sometimes too much to bear alone. So join us for an evening of poetry, song, and ritual to express and share our care for creation in this time of grief. 

    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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    CEJS Social: Wednesday, May 26

    Snow Leopard Identification | Teaching Environmental Justice 

    Wednesday, May 26, 5:00-6:30 PM--Student Center 160

    • Join us for good food, drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and conversation! SU faculty members Agnieszka Miguel and Trileigh Tucker will present their CEJS-sponsored research. Student fellows’ research will be featured as well. 
    • 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.