Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability

Environmental Justice


We define environmental justice (EJ) as 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. Environmental justice advocates link social and environmental concerns, thereby seeking “to challenge the abuse of power which results in poor people having to suffer the effects of environmental damage caused by the greed of others,” as stated by the South African Environmental Justice Networking Forum. 

Work we support.

Seattle University's  Cynthia Moe-Lobeda’s book on environmental justice,  Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation was released in March. Trileigh Tucker of the Environmental Studies department is working on a CEJS-sponsored research project to develop an EJ teaching resource based on an analysis and inventory of current practices in college EJ education.  

CEJS Highlights

Just Sustainability Conference  

Join us at the SU 2016 Conference “Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons” on Aug 7-9.

NCAI President Brian Cladoosby, City of Seattle’s Jessica Finn Coven (OSE Director), and Congressman Adam Smith will open the 3-day conference.

Check out the program, register, and read more here.