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January: Environmental Justice Month!

  • Seattle University strives to promote environmental justice and engage its community to make conscious, responsible, and ethical decisions. Read how here.
  • Environmental justice is the empowerment of people to advocate for the health of natural and built environments and for the equitable distribution of environmental benefits and burdens throughout all communities. The “environment” is not some distant place we seek to protect, but incorporates the places where we live, work, play, pray and learn. As the global environmental and political climate continues to change, it is vital that new policies and laws ensure the protection of everyone, particularly those who are most likely to be negatively impacted by such changes.
  • Events
    • On January 11th, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will be hosting a conversation on strategies and goals for addressing individual and family homelessness in their city. Learn more here.
    • On January 30th, Ched Myers will be visiting SU to discuss the new, critical idea of “watershed discipleship.” Learn more about the event here.
  • Pope Francis expressed in his encyclical Laudato Si’ (issued in May 2015) the uncomfortable truths regarding the lack of environmental justice in the world, and challenged humankind to take responsibility for the planet and particularly to be mindful of those who are suffering most from the ecological crisis now before us. Read more.


About CEJS

CEJS serves as a clearinghouse for Seattle University’s environmental programs and sustainability initiatives. If you have any questions about CEJS, campus sustainability, CEJS events, or have an interest in partnering: please contact us at

Sustainability Stewardship

CEJS tracks SU’s progress towards its Climate Action Plan goals and promotes the increase of sustainable practices at SU. Read more:                   



CEJS works to expand sustainability in Academic Affairs by supporting interdisciplinary scholarship, teaching, and learning in environmental justice and sustainability. Read more:


Community Engagement

CEJS seeks to develop co-curricular programs for students and faculty. Read more:                                                                                              

Upcoming Events

Thursday, Jan. 19, 5:30-6:30 PM

REI CEO Jerry Stritzke - Business and Northwest Values w/REI CEO Jerry Stritzke

Albers welcomes REI President and CEO Jerry Stritzke to the Executive Speaker Series. He will speak on “Business as an embodiment of Northwest values.” Learn more

Monday, Jan. 30, 7-8:30 PM

Watershed Discipleship

Ched Myers will discuss a new anthology that examines the critical idea of '"watershed discipleship." This compilation of essays uses a theological and ecological approach to understand our relationship with the earth and one another. Learn more.

CEJS Highlights

Seattle University is chosen to be a part of the "Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum" program!

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) recently announced the 13 “Centers for Sustainability across the Curriculum,” and SU was honored to be on the list! Seattle University will collaborate with AASHE, as well as the 12 other institutions, to offer workshops and other professional development opportunities on sustainability in the curriculum. The goal of the Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum program is to accelerate the infusion of sustainability content into curriculum by increasing the availability and accessibility of faculty development opportunities related to sustainability. Read more.