Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability


  • Phillip L. Thompson, PhD

    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.
    Michael Schut

    Michael Schut

    MS, Environmental Studies, University of Oregon
    BS, Biology, Wheaton College
    Program Coordinator, Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability
    Phone: 206.220.8461
    Building/Room: Bullitt Center, 1501 East Madison Street, Suite 200
     Michael Schut serves as Program Coordinator for the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability. Prior to that he served with the national Episcopal Church as Economic and Environmental Affairs Officer. Mike also served on staff for the Seattle-based Earth Ministry for 11 years. He has edited/partially authored three books: Simpler Living, Compassionate Life: A Christian Perspective; Food and Faith: Justice, Joy, and Daily Bread; and Money and Faith: The Search for Enough. His writing and speaking/retreat leadership seeks to connect faith, simplicity, sustainability, and eco-justice. Mike's degrees include a BS in Biology from Wheaton College and a MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon.
  • Susan North
    Seattle Audubon Society
    Conservation Manager
    Phone: 206-523-8243
    Building/Room: 8050 35th Avenue NE Seattle, WA 98115
    Originally from San Diego, California, Susan earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from California State University, Chico, and a Master of Science in Zoology and Tropical Ecology from James Cook University in Queensland, Australia. She has experience facilitating conservation programs and orchestrating ecological investigations from start to finish, including grant development, project design and management, and reporting results to diverse audiences. Most recently, as an endangered species biologist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Susan developed successful conservation partnerships with a variety of stakeholders, including universities, non-profit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and business interests. Her interests have led her to a variety of unique experiences, including surveying in the Australian tropical savannah; mist-netting, banding, and collecting audio of diverse species in the Ecuadorian Amazon; developing listing and recovery planning documents for USFWS in southern California; and, managing local and regional conservation programs for the Seattle Audubon Society.