SU Wins Top Honors for Being Green

By Stacy Howard
Photo Credit: Chris J. Taylor

 Seattle University won top honors in sustainability among academic and government institutions in the 2013 Washington Green Awards from Seattle Business magazine. In citing SU’s statewide leadership award in sustainability, the magazine’s November 2013 issue reported, “Seattle University’s recent efforts to improve sustainability and reduce waste are myriad and miraculous,” noting that the list of green achievements—such as LED lamps and onsite natural gas boilers—gets longer every year.    

SU has been maintained organically and without pesticides or herbicides since 1998. Nearly 60 percent of campus waste is recycled, reused or composted. Since 1955, SU has composted pre-consumer food waste.

In 2010, SU became the first higher education institution in the state to ban the sale and distribution of plastic bottled water.

"We are pleased to see so many companies introducing innovative technologies, policies and processes that make our economy more environmentally sustainable,” said Leslie Helm, editor of Seattle Business. "Our goal is to encourage those efforts by recognizing the best organizations and holding them up as models for others to follow.”

In addition to identifying a Washington Green 50 list of outstanding organizations, the magazine recognized winners in 12 categories drawn from across the state and from virtually every sector of the economy.

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