Sustainability
What You Can Do

Faculty and Staff

  • Classroom

    • Use Canvas to assign, grade, and return student assignments and post syllabi
    • Accept only 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.

    EcoChallenge

    Seattle University’s EcoChallenge is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to raise their awareness and adopt new habits to sustain a healthy and just planet. In 4 weeks during spring quarter you will challenge yourself to learn, do, advocate for and share what you’ve learned in a 4 person team. Learn more.

    Energy

    • Contact the Facilities Resource Center if you experience an energy issue, for example a room is too hot or cold:  296-6996, facilities@seattleu.edu
    • Do not use a space heater. 
    • If you are physically able, open doors manually.
    • Burn calories- take the stairs.
    • Turn off your computer, monitor, speakers, printer, copier and lights at night. 
    • Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms.

    Food

    Green Team

    A green team is an effective way to reduce a department’s environmental impact. A team approach ensures all offices are participating in the program and allows for the work to be distributed among several people. One member of the team is a department head to show executive buy-in and so decisions can be made quickly. Contact SU’s Sustainability Manager for help with getting your green team going and facilitating the first few meetings.

    Lifestyle

    • 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.

    Lunch Time Discussion Course

    Faculty, staff and students can participate in a free, weekly discussion course during the lunch hour. A different topic is explored fall and winter quarter, such as: voluntary simplicity, health, and food. Past participants say the diverse perspectives gave them a different way of looking at the issues.  The courses last from 4 to 7 weeks and weekly readings take about 40 minutes. The Office for Sustainability buys the course book.  Look in the weekly Campus News email to find out when courses are offered. For a list of discussion topics, visit nwei.org.  


    Meetings and Events
    • Use the Green Event Planning Guide and Checklist. Sections provide information on food choices and catering, waste reduction, communication, transportation, and post-event considerations specific to Seattle University. 

    Resources on Campus Sustainability 

    • Join the Seattle U Sustainability 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.   
     Transportation

    Learn more about these commuting incentives at Transportation & Parking Services.

    • The university pays for a cab ride home in case of an emergency for employees who do not take their car to work.
    • Registered bikers get secure bike storage, shower and locker room in the Student Center, and a complementary parking card for five days of parking each month should they need to park on campus.
    • Registered walkers receive a complementary parking card for five days of parking each month should they need to park on campus.
    • 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.There are Zipcars parked in back of the Rianna apartments on 12th Ave. Rates average $10/hour and include gas, insurance, cleaning, maintenance, and 180 miles/day. Leave your car at home and use the Zipcar for business related trips with your supervisor's approval.
      $10 a month ORCA Transit Pass covers travel between four counties.
    • Car and vanpool preferred parking.

     Waste Reduction
    • Set your computer to print double-sided as the default. Easy how-to instructions .
    • Bring your own mug to any campus cafe and get a 20-cent discount on hot drinks and soda.
    • Use inter-office envelopes or reuse envelopes for campus mail.
    • Educate yourself on what materials are recyclable and compostable.
    • Stock the break room with reusable cups, plates, and silverware.
    • Buy office paper with at least 30% recycled-content.
    • Buy OfficeMax remanufactured toner cartridges.
    • Bring computers, electronics, broken equipment and much more from home to Seattle University's annual Recycling Event during Earth Week in April.

    Water

    • Drink filtered tap water instead of water from a 5-gallon jug.  Contact your building manager to explore your options (e.g. fridge water dispenser, countertop dispenser, bottle-less water cooler).
    • Buy the Seattle University Think Outside the Bottle water bottle and support the clean water for Haiti project. 
    • Contact the Facilities Resource Center if you see a water problem like a faucet is leaking or a toilet is constantly flushing:  296-6996, facilities@seattleu.edu.