President’s Committee for Sustainability


The President’s Committee for Sustainability (PCS) was convened in March 2011 after Seattle University signed on to the American College & University President's Climate Commitment (2007). ACUPCC signatories were asked to establish an institutional structure to oversee the development and implementation of the school's climate commitment (See the ACUPCC Implementation Guide here.). The PCS was created to oversee:

  • The implementation of Climate Action Plan)
  • The integration of sustainability initiatives across campus

The President's Committee members include faculty, staff and students from all areas of campus. The PCS contact person is Yolanda Cieters, Sustainability Manager (


Progress toward SU's Climate Action Plan Goals:

Seattle University has committed to the following four goals in the Climate Action Plan:

  • ACADEMICS: Expand sustainability in the curriculum
  • CO-CURRICULAR PROGRAMS and ENGAGEMENT: Expand sustainability in co-curricular programs and educate SU's campus community about climate change and sustainability outside the classroom
  • OPERATIONS: Increase sustainable practices in university operations and eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from operations and transportation
  • MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS: Share our sustainability knowledge and expertise with others

Since the adoption of the Climate Action Plan (2010), considerable progress has been made. SU's 2020-2025 Strategic Directions envision the University as a leader in environmental sustainability that is socially just. In 2020, the PCS translated that Strategic Vision into four Sustainability Strategic Priorities. In May 2021, SU obtained its third GOLD STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) rating with an improved score of 79.39. Consult SU's 2021 STARS report for detailed information on SU's campus-wide sustainability programs and initiatives. Also, check out the Campus Sustainability Infographic and find out more for each CAP goal below: 



  • The Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability was created to support interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching on environmental justice and sustainability and make Seattle University a recognized leader in these areas. CEJS serves as a clearinghouse for SU’s environmental programs and sustainability initiatives. The Center offers 6-10 student internships each year and provided fellowships to 28 Faculty and 16 Students between 2013-2017. Since 2020, CEJS offers two student fellowships each academic year.
  • Sustainability literacy survey for Freshmen (started in 2013) and post-survey for seniors (started in 2017)
  • Seven study programs related to sustainability
  • Three-yearly survey and inventory of sustainability research at SU
  • Three-yearly inventory of sustainability courses at SU


Co-curricular Programs and Engagement




Marketing & Communications



Contact the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS) at