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
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.”
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.