Seattle U is a National Leader in Sustainability Programs and Practices

2018 AASHE STARS Gold Seal

  • Seattle U was ranked #2 nationally among universities for its sustainability curriculum in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (ASHE) 2019 Sustainable Campus Index, and #4 nationally as an overall top performer among master’s institutions.
  • Seattle University achieved a Gold rating for sustainability from the AASHE 2019 Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS).

Sierra Magazine Cool Schools Top 20 2019

  • Seattle U earned a top 20 spot in Sierra magazine’s “Cool Schools 2019” ranking. Seattle U placed #13 out of 282 schools—the Top 5 percent of all schools ranked—in the U.S. and Canada. It is the only university in the Northwest to place in the top group.

The Princeton Review Guide to Green Schools Top 50 2019

  • The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges: 2019 Edition ranked Seattle University #21 in the nation in its latest publication examining the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges. Seattle U was the top-ranked college in Washington and the Northwest.


  • In 2015, Seattle U became a Fair Trade designated university.
  • The campus has been maintained organically and without pesticides or herbicides since 1998.
  • Nearly 69 percent of campus waste is recycled, reused or composted. Seattle University’s onsite Composting facility annually turns 178,000 pounds of pre-consumer food waste into compost, which is reused on campus to improve soil quality.
  • In 2010, Seattle University became the first higher education institution in the state to ban the sale and distribution of plastic bottled water.