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Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability

The Bullitt Center

In April of 2013, CEJS moved in to The Bullitt Center (BC), billed as the world’s “greenest commercial building.” The BC was built to meet the Living Building Challenge (LBC), the most rigorous sustainability-related performance standard in the world.    

Read more about this fascinating building at the above links. And, CEJS provides tours to the SU community. Contact cietersy@seattleu.edu to schedule a tour. 

Here, we’d like to share a few interesting tidbits about the building and what it’s like to office here. 

  • Great windows, light, and equity: building designers wanted natural light to reach all work stations. Not only does this save energy, but was framed as an equity issue – everyone (not just the highest paid) in the building has an office with great windows.  
  • Beautiful stairs: if you want tenants to cut down on elevator (and energy) use, build a grand staircase featuring the building’s best possible views; the BC has certainly succeeded in this regard. Plus, using the stairs is good for our health!
  • The BC won’t be the greenest commercial building in the world for long. At least that's the hope. The building’s performance is being monitored, the research disseminated, and future buildings will learn a great deal from this prototype.
  • Finally, the composting toilets don’t smell bad at all. Visit us and give them a try!

     (Photo credit: Ben Benschneider)

Bullitt Center Live Energy Dashboard

  • Check out the BC Building Dashboard to see real-time data about the buildings energy and water usage and production, as well as take virtual tours, and learn more about what it means to be a Living Building Challenge certified building. Check it out!

Upcoming Events

Acting to Reverse Climate Change

Tuesday, February 28, 12:30-1:30pm
Come listen to local climate activist Michael Foster present recent scientific findings that have prompted major pipeline protests, and suggest ways for people to get involved. Learn more.

Take the SU Recycles Pledge!

Help SU win RecycleMania by pledging to waste less and recycle more. Take the SU recycles Pledge

Community Recycles Day

Wednesday, March 29, 7:30am-1pm at the Seattle University flagpole
Bring in any items to recycle for free! Learn more.

SU EcoChallenge 

April 10-28, 2016
Celebrate Earth Month and participate in SU’s 4th annual EcoChallenge. The EcoChallenge is a fun 3-week event encouraging participants to raise awareness and make small lifestyle changes to care for the planet and our communities. 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.