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Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability


Phillip L. Thompson, PhD

PhD, Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa MS, Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa BA, Biology, University of Iowa
Director, Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability
Phone: 206.296.5521
Building/Room: Engineering 524

Professor Phillip Thompson serves as Director of the Seattle University Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability and served as Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Chair from 2006-2013. He received the 2015 Seattle University Alumni Association's  Distinguished Faculty Award and the 2011-2012 Father James McGoldrick Fellowship, Seattle University's highest faculty honor. He was also awarded the 2009-2010 Thomas J. Bannan endowed chair of engineering. Dr. Thompson joined Seattle University after receiving his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa in 1997. He also earned an M.S. in Environmental Engineering and a B.A. in Biology from the University of Iowa and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Washington.

Yolanda Cieters

Sustainability Manager
Phone: 206-220-8400
Building/Room: Bullitt Center, 1501 East Madison Street, Seattle 98122

Yolanda graduated from the University of Brussels, Belgium, with a Masters in Contemporary History, specializing in Latin American and Immigration studies. She also holds post-masters degrees in Teaching and International Humanitarian Aid. She is the author of Chileans in Exile: Their Immigration, Reception and Integration (2004), published by the University of Brussels Press, and worked for the Regional Integration Center of Brussels, where she was responsible for providing social orientation programs to asylum seekers. After relocating to Seattle, she worked as a Program Officer at the World Affairs Council and Pacific Village Institute promoting international exchange and developing cross-cultural and global issues curriculum for high school students and educators. Yolanda also worked several years in documentary production. She co-produced short documentaries for KCTS Connects; assisted in the production of feature-length documentaries on topics such as Fair Trade, Motherhood, and The Ecological Footprint; and she edited over forty short films highlighting the life and traditions of Native peoples for Longhouse Media.

Janeane Harwell

Grant Officer
Phone: 206-220-8461
Building/Room: University Services Building

Janeane Harwell, Ph.D., has three years of experience writing grants for sustainability projects. She recently moved to Washington from Albuquerque, New Mexico. While in New Mexico, Janeane wrote USDA, NFWS, and DOE award winning grants for Sacred Power, a Native American owned renewable energy manufacturer and integrator. The award winning grants enable Sacred Power and the U.S. federal government to install off-grid solar systems and wind turbines on remote sites of the Rosebud Sioux and Navajo homes. Janeane developed her understanding of sustainability, environmental politics and policy at the doctoral program in the Department of Political Science at Colorado State University. Her dissertation research focused on the impacts of national security policy on shared protected areas . The research enabled her to travel and research border areas in Argentina and Chile, and at the U.S./Mexico border. She completed her Masters in Public Policy at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. Prior to the graduate education, Janeane was a Warner Brothers Feature Animation artist team member on The Iron Giant and The Quest for Camelot.

Richard Conlin

Seattle University Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability
Richard Conlin is a consultant on sustainability, food policy, and local government. He has just completed a Food Policy Plan for the City of Riverside, California, and currently manages the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund for the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Richard is also a faculty affiliate at Seattle University, Antioch University Seattle and the Evans School of Public Affairs of the University of Washington. He served four terms on the Seattle City Council; his colleagues elected him to two terms as Council President. Richard has run an energy conservation business, led the City Light Study Group, directed Seattle YMCA Earth Service Corps, co-founded Sustainable Seattle, and directed the Energy Policy Project for PIRGIM. He is currently co-chair of the Regional Food Policy Council.

Nicole DeNamur

Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability
Affiliate Faculty

Nicole DeNamur is a Seattle-based attorney whose practice focuses on insurance coverage and construction litigation.   She is a LEED® Green Associate™ with a passion for the intersection of sustainable building design, construction, and the law.  Nicole regularly presents on her holistic and proactive approach to risk management and the legal issues associated with sustainable buildings.  She is an Affiliate Instructor at the University of Washington’s Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies, where she developed the content for the interdisciplinary course, Risk and Reward in Sustainable Development.  Nicole also developed the content for, and teaches, Policy and Planning, part of the Master’s Program in Design for Human Health at Boston Architectural College.

John Hainze

M.A. Religion, Ethics concentration, Yale University
Ph.D., Entomology, University of Wisconsin – Madison
M.Sc., Entomology, University of Wisconsin – Madison
B.Sc., Biology, Lewis and Clark College
Seattle University Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability

John Hainze has pursued interests in environmental ethics and the relationship of religion and science through an M.A. in Religion from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Wisconsin. John served as Teaching Fellow at Yale in courses on Religion and Ecology, and Law, Religion, and the Environment. He worked on developing online courses for the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale. He served as Adjunct Faculty in Entomology at the University of Wisconsin and in Biology at Carroll University. John is also a film producer, and completed a series of educational videos on Christianity and Cosmology, Evolution, and the Environment. Previously, he worked as a scientist and manager at SC Johnson and Son. John is now president of BioOpus LLC, through which he pursues entomological consulting, writing, and film projects.  

Danica Hendrickson

M.Ed., Mind, Brain, and Education program, Harvard Graduate School of Education
B.S., General Science, Seattle University
Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability
Affiliate Faculty

Danica Hendrickson is an educator with a passion for science, sustainability, and justice. She has taught middle school science and math for almost a decade, co-authored interdisciplinary curricular units for Facing the Future, and facilitated professional development events for teachers focused on global sustainability and energy. Danica served as Facing the Future’s Co-I for the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA), a USDA-NIFA-funded aviation biofuels project. As a member of the NARA Education team, her primary focus was the development and dissemination of educational resources that foster energy and bioenergy literacy in K-12 students. She led the research and development of Fueling Our Future: Exploring Sustainable Energy Use, co-developed an energy literacy assessment tool for middle school students, and participated in national conversations about energy and bioenergy literacy. Danica has a B.S. in General Science from Seattle University and a M.Ed. from the Mind, Brain, and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she focused on misconceptions and metacognition in science education. Danica’s interests lie in designing research-based educational resources and events that foster critical thinking, science literacy, and sustainable action.

Mitchell Thomashow

Sustainability Catalyst Fellow at Philanthropy Northwest
Seattle University Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability

Mitchell Thomashow ( is currently a Sustainability Catalyst Fellow at Philanthropy Northwest, based in Seattle, Washington. He’s writing a monograph profiling exemplary sustainability projects in the Pacific Northwest. Thomashow also works independently, consulting with colleges and universities on climate, sustainability, environmental studies, and organizational process. He is an Associate Faculty member of Royal Roads University (Victoria, British Columbia) where he teaches “Developing Environmental Understandings.”

Previously Thomashow was the President of Unity College in Maine (2006-2011) and the Chair of the Environmental Studies program at Antioch University New England. (1966-2006). His books include Ecological Identity: Becoming a Reflective Environmentalist (The MIT Press, 1995), Bringing the Biosphere Home, (The MIT Press, 2001) and The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus (MIT Press, 2014). Currently he is working on Environmental Learning in the Anthropocene, a series of essays that reflects on dynamic environmental education challenges and opportunities. They can be read at


Jean-Paul Wallis

Civil Engineering

Jean-Paul is a junior civil engineering student at Seattle University, and has been an intern with CEJS since the spring of 2016. Jean-Paul worked with the SU Grounds and Landscaping department for over a year and a half, he is a student representative for the President’s Committee for Sustainability, and he is involved with multiple sustainability-focused clubs and groups. In his free time, you can find him tending vegetable garden beds on campus, biking through the city, and rock climbing in the cascades. In the future, he hopes to “retrofit and redesign human infrastructure to be fully sustainable. I want our lifestyles to work in harmony with the natural processes of ecosystems, not take advantage of them. I want to work to redevelop cityscapes to be focused on social justice and care for the air, soil, and water.” Go JP!

Angela Moran

Marine and Conservation Biology

Angela Moran is a senior marine and conservation biology major and has been interning at CEJS since the winter of 2014. She is also a student research assistant in the SU biology department working to quantify genomic size variation among marine shrimp, as well as perform ecological surveys of various contaminated and uncontaminated aquatic sites in the Seattle area. Angela is an outdoor enthusiast who would almost always rather be trail running, tidepool hopping, or backpacking. Moving forward, Angela hopes to fuse her passion for the outdoors with her desire to instill positive change in the world by helping communities grow and thrive equitably and sustainably. 

Elexa Moore

Digital Design

Elexa Moore is a senior, Digital Design student from Tacoma, WA. The digital design program has allowed her to gain experience creating a variety of materials for print and the web. Service learning projects with non-profits, focused on environmental justice and social welfare, have allowed her to engage with the greater Seattle community while using her design skills. She is excited to work with CEJS as the graphic design intern for the 16-17 academic year.

Jillian Gayler

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Jillian Gayler is a junior Civil and Environmental Engineering major whose passion for sustainability and the environment stems from her love of being outdoors, whether she's mountain biking, rock climbing, backpacking, or reading a good book in the park. She is co-president of Engineers for a Sustainable World and a member of the SU Core Honors program, and she strives to use her education and experiences to enable urban growth while protecting natural spaces . 

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.