Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability

Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS)

How can Nicaraguan coffee farmers protect streams through on-farm wastewater treatment? How is the electric car boom affecting the nation’s power grid? What are the implications of “climate justice” for the rich and the poor?

Seattle University students and faculty are researching these questions and more at our Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS). Our mission is to support interdisciplinary scholarship, teaching, and learning in environmental justice and sustainability.


CEJS has supported 24 faculty and student fellows since 2013. The interdisciplinary projects are from a variety of disciplinary perspectives including: business, theology, chemistry, philosophy, nursing, engineering and education  Read more.

Our biennial conference connects researchers, businesses, and communities that are tackling environmental justice and sustainability issues. Read more.


We sponsor lectures and workshops, and serve as a clearinghouse for environmental justice and sustainability research, courses and faculty experts.

Community Engagement

Located just a seven-minute walk from the heart of campus, CEJS is located in the Bullitt Center, the greenest commercial office building in the world. Come tour the composting toilets, gray water treatment wetland, and the building’s irresistible staircase. Read more.

Our partnership with Bailey Gatzert Elementary School provides books and tutoring for the after-school reading program. Read more.


CEJS Fellow Alex Buescher and his teammates won first place in the ASCE Parsons Brinckerhoff Student Design Competitionone of the largest meetings of water resource specialists in the nation. Their project “The Auburn Narrows Process Based Restoration Project” focuses on river restoration planning on the Green River. CONGRATULATIONS!

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