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)

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.

 

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