Take Action for a More Sustainable and Just World

At Seattle University, Environmental Studies students collaboratively engage with faculty, staff and the community to study and promote human-natural systems that are environmentally sustainable and socially just.  In the Environmental Studies program, students will:

  • Learn the problem-solving, decision-making and communication skills needed to address today's pressing, contemporary environmental challenges

  • Engage with faculty from across disciplines to explore and understand the socio-economic, spiritual, ethical and biophysical complexities of human-environment systems

  • Integrate fieldwork and class work to investigate the social and ecological dimensions of sustainability

  • Specialize in a specific area of sustainability related to a professional field: Environmental Education and Communication; Politics, Policy and Justice; Urban Sustainability or Ecological Systems

  • Gain practical tools and real world experience through internships, fellowships and study abroad

Program Summary

Our cohesive program provides students the opportunity to conduct research with faculty renowned in their fields, work with practitioners and communities to address local and global environmental concerns, participate in experiential learning here in the United States and abroad and be part of our dynamic SU community through small classes, on-campus organizations and activities, and co-curricular events.

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As part of the EVST curriculum, each student chooses to specialize in an area of environmental studies and sustainability. The specializations build upon the core EVST curriculum and prepare you with the knowledge and skills needed to develop your specific field of interest.

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Professional Development

EVST students gain pre-professional experience while completing a required Environmental Internship.  They engage with the global classroom developing knowledge of diverse cultures through study abroad, fellowships and undergraduate research.  


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The SeattleU Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainibility's Spring 2019 Newsletter has been published! Read about SU's EnviroStars award, Student and Faculty Research, Community Engagement, and more! 

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Happening on Campus

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Seattle 2030 District

Seattle University has joined the Seattle 2030 District, an organization that seeks to dramatically reduce the environmental impacts of building construction and operations in Seattle. The district sets goals for existing buildings and new construction in the areas of energy use, water consumption and carbon emissions. Learn more at Seattle 2030 District. If you have an idea for a new environmental initiative you’d like to see on campus, contact Resource Conservation Manager Richard Moyer at moyerrichard@seattleu.edu

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Tanya Hayes


206 296-5485


Kimberly Gawlik

Senior Administrative Assistant

206 296-5440


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AASHE 2019 Sustainable Campus Index

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a framework for colleges and universities to measure their environmental, social, and economic sustainability performance. Seattle University was ranked #2 in the nation for its sustainability curriculum. Read more and view SU's STARS report.


Sierra Magazine Cool Schools Top Twenty Award 

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Seattle University is a Top Twenty School when it comes to being green, according to the 2019 "Cool Schools" rankings published in Sierra, the magazine of the Sierra Club.  Seattle University started participating in STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) in 2016 and achieved a gold rating right away. Seattle U is the only university in Washington to make the magazine's top 20. Read More


 Top 50 Green Colleges 

The Princeton Review: Top 50 Green Schools

The Princeton Review named Seattle University #12 on its 2019 list of Top 50 Green Colleges.  Green Colleges are schools that make the most exceptional commitments to sustainability from academics and career prep to campus clubs and initiatives.