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Take action for social and ecological justice

The future depends on urban and rural landscapes that are environmentally sustainable and socially just.  As an Environmental Studies student at Seattle University, you will:

  • Learn the problem-solving, decision-making and communication skills needed to address the pressing problems of climate change, urbanization, waste, water, energy and food systems

  • Specialize in a specific environmental field

  • Engage with faculty from across disciplines to assess the social and ecological dimensions of sustainability

  • Gain real world pre-professional experience

Program Summary

Social and ecological sustainability requires an holistic approach to problem solving.  Environmental Studies coursework in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to critically assess and address complex environmental challenges.

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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.  

SU Environmental Studies graduates are well positioned for jobs in environmental policy, planning, advocacy, communication, education and natural resource management. 

Student Spotlight

Faculty Highlights

 Farmers leading livestock through mountain region

Dr. Tanya Hayes (IPS and EVST) and Dr. Felipe Murtinho (INST and IPS) recently published a paper that examines equity concerns in conservation payments to indigenous communities in Ecuador.  The paper, Communal governance, equity and payment for ecosystem services was published in Land Use Policy 79(2018); 123-136.

 Dr. Marie Rose Wong, sponsored by Town Hall Seattle, Historic Seattle, and the Wing Luke Museum, speaks about her latest book,  Building Tradition - Pan-Asian Seattle and Life in the Residential Hotels

Read more about how Chinatown's elders are being priced out of their traditional neighborhoods.

($15 – $20)
Saturday, October 27, 2018, 10:00AM
Doors at 9:00AM
Wing Luke Museum (International District)
719 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104

Historic Seattle and the Wing Lake Museum join with Town Hall Seattle to present Dr. Marie Rose Wong, associate professor at Seattle University with focuses in Asian American studies and Urban Studies. Wong peers through the lens of single-room occupancy hotels to capture the 157-year origin story of Seattle’s pan-Asian International District. Join Dr. Wong to learn about her work that layers together interviews, maps, photographs, and insights from over a decade of primary research to provide an urgent history for Asian American activists and urban planners.


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Campus Sustainability: Gold Rating Awarded

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. In May, Seattle University achieved a gold rating from this rigorous bench-marking program with a score of 75.64, an increase of six points since the 1st STARS submission in 2016. Read more here and view SU's STARS report.

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Sierra Magazine Cool Schools Top Ten Award 


Seattle University is a Top Ten School when it comes to being green, according to the 2018 "Cool Schools" rankings published in Sierra, the magazine of the Sierra Club.  SeattleU is the only university in Washington to make the magazine's top 20.  Read More



Happening on Campus


October 9  4 PM    Bannon 401

Wildlands Studies field projects provide students with the opportunity to join backcountry study teams as working field associates, studying environmental impact assessment, environmental policy, geologic, climatic and topographic factors that support various habitats, and the relationships between environments and culture.  Most participants are undergraduates who join us on site from all over North America and Canada.  Each program grants 5-15 units of upper division semester credit from Western Washington University-Huxley School of the Environment that easily transfers to Seattle University.  Project teams consist of 8-16 participants working with a course instructor who provides onsite instruction and directs all field study activities.   

This season students can choose among fifteen wildlife, wildland and cultural ecology field studies searching for solutions to environmental and cultural challenges.  Field studies take place in:  Australia, Banff (Canada), Belize, Big Sur (California), California Channel Islands, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Iceland, Nepal, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, and Yellowstone.  Information on all of our programs is available on our website

Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS)

This month CEJS focuses on Campus Sustainability. How Sustainable is Seattle University? Did you know SU is #8 in the Sierra Club’s Cool Schools ranking and Seattle University’s Board voted to divest from fossil fuels? What is happening on campus this Fall to promote sustainability and environmental justice?  Any Ideas for new events or projects on campus? Contact Yolanda Cieters at with your thoughts and find more information about SUstainability here.