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

Call for Proposals: WAHESC Conference

CEJS is a proud sponser of this year's Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WAHESC), held on February 16-17, 2017, at Gonzaga University in Spokane.

WAHESC is a regionally-focused opportunity for those teaching, working, or studying within higher education to come together and learn about sustainability in academics, operations, and research.

The template for submitting a proposal is here. Proposal deadline is October 14th, and selection decisions will be made by November 4th

Upcoming Events

OCTOBER 11, 2016:

Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum

Kevin Wilhelm, author of Making Sustainability Stick, will discuss how faculty can integrate sustainability into their courses and across disciplines.  

OCTOBER 29, 2016:

Halloween Costume Party

A night of music, dancing, and fun-raising to support Nicamigos. Read more.