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 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: 




Co-curricular Programs and Engagement




Marketing & Communications



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