- Take a sustainability-focused class.
- Ask your professor to accept electronic versions of papers, tests, and assignments; allow single-spacing, reduced margins, and double-sided printing for hard copy assignments; print handouts or exams on double-sided, recycled content paper.
- Turn off the lights if the classroom has enough daylight for your needs. Turn off lights when you leave the room if it has manual switches.
- Raise the blinds to let sunlight in when it’s cold outside and close the blinds to keep the sun out on hot days.
- Sustainable Student Action strives to educate the community on environmental issues and to work on projects that lead to a more sustainable future.
The Northwest Earth Institute has discussion courses for you and your friends, family and/or coworkers to expand your knowledge and discuss important topics. There are over 10 courses with topics such as: voluntary simplicity, health, and food. The courses last from 4 to 7 weeks and weekly readings take about 40 minutes. For more information, visit nwei.org.
- If you are physically able, open doors manually.
- Burn calories- take the stairs.
- Turn off your computer, monitor, speakers, printer, and lights at night.
- Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms.
- Contact the Facilities Resource Center if you experience an energy issue, for example a room is too hot or cold: 296-6996, email@example.com
- Grow vegetables for yourself or donate your harvest to a soup kitchen at one of the campus community gardens.
Eat the fruits, vegetables and herbs growing throughout the campus gardens. Download the edible map.
- EnergyCenter Tool gives personalized energy saving recommendations, helpful shopping advisors, and intuitive energy tracking features. It is designed to help you make a habit out of saving energy through simple goals, gradual changes, and small personal commitments.
- Localize Sustainability is a web site where King County residents can calculate and improve their sustainability profile to save money, improve health, and lighten their environmental footprint.
- A Carbon Footprint Calculator estimates how many tons of greenhouse gases your lifestyle choices create each year. Try the calculators of Carbon Footprint.com and The Nature Conservancy.
Meetings and Events
- Use the Green Meeting and Event Checklist. Sections provide information on food choices and catering, waste reduction, communication, transportation, and post-event considerations specific to Seattle University.
Residence Hall Room
- Donate your unwanted clothes, food, school supplies and more at your residence hall’s Move Out collection station open Finals Week of Spring Quarter.
- Plug electronics into a power strip so you can flip 1 switch to turn everything off and eliminate standby power consumption.
Resources on Campus Sustainability
- Join the Center for Environmental Justice & Sustainability's Facebook page to be notified of what's happening at SU.
- Sign up to receive the AASHE Bulletin, a weekly compilation of news, opportunities, resources, job postings and events related to sustainability in higher education.
- Learn best practices from other schools via AASHE's Resources. Topics include: academics, research, co-curricular education, student organizing, operations and planning. Create an account using your Seattle University email address to access the members-only resources.
- Search 800 case studies highlighting efforts to green the campus and the curriculum from colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. Go to Campus Ecology's sustainability database.
- $100 a quarter Transit Pass covers travel between four counties.
- Bike Commuting- Register your bike, plan a safe bike route to campus, find a map of campus bike racks, sign up for the secure, covered bike lot; rent a locker in the Student Center and use the shower. Learn more.
- Carpool parking permit.
- Zipcar is a car-sharing company which rents cars by the hour. A car is reserved at a moment's notice or in advance through an online reservation. Hourly rates include gas and insurance. Leave your car at home and use the Zipcar for occasional trips. A variety of cars are parked near campus.
- Car2Go is a car-sharing company that provides a fleet of free-floating, Smart ForTwo cars distributed all over Seattle. Members use the car for as long as they like without committing to a specific return time or location. They can finish the trip in any authorized parking space within the car2go Home Area. By-the-minute rates include fuel, insurance, parking and maintenance.
- Set your computer to print double-sided as the default. Download How to set printer default to double-sided.
- Bring your own mug to any campus cafe and get a 20-cent discount on hot drinks and soda.
- Educate yourself on what materials are recyclable and compostable.
- Drink free tap water from the campus fountains and cafes.
- Buy the Seattle University Think Outside the Bottle water bottle and support the clean water for Haiti project.