What SU is Doing


  • Seattle University's awards and rankings demonstrate our commitment to sustainability. 

    Commute Trip Reduction Award WA CEO magazine

    • Diamond Award, Commuter Challenge

    Compost Program 

    • Recycling Institution of the Year, Washington State Recycling Association
    • Outstanding Achievement, Washington Organics Recycling Coalition
    • Sustainability Innovator Award, Sustainable Endowments Institute

    Energy Conservation 

    • Green Lights Award, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    • Outstanding Achievement, City of Seattle
    • Power Player Award, Seattle City Light

    Environmental Leadership 

    • BEST Award for Environmental Leadership, Resource Venture
    • Best Large Business Program Award, Washington State Dept. of Ecology
    • Environmental Excellence Award, Rotary Club of Seattle
    • Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention and Sustainable PracticesRecycler of the Year Award
    • Green Washington Award, Seattle Business Magazine

    Organic Landscape Practices  

    Recycling Program 

    • Outstanding School, National Recycling Coalition
    • Recycler of the Year Award, Washington State Recycling Association
    • WasteWise Partner of the Year Award, U.S. EPA
    • WasteWise Program Champion Award, U.S. EPA


    The Sierra Club's Cool Schools includes Seattle University in its annual guide for prospective students who want to compare colleges based on their commitment to environmentalism.  

    Newsweek's Daily Beast placed Seattle U in their Top 25 Colleges with the Best Food. Criteria included the percent of our food budget spent on local and organic food.

    The Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges  gives Seattle University a Green Rating of 95 on a scale from 60 to 99. 

    Seattle Business magazine named us one of Washington’s 50 greenest organizations. The Washington Green 50 lauds businesses for leading the way toward sustainability.