• Take a sustainability-focused class.
  • Ask your professor to accept electronic versions of papers, tests, and assignments; allow single-spacing, reduced margins, and double-sided printing for hard copy assignments; print handouts or exams on double-sided, recycled content paper.
  • Turn off the lights if the classroom has enough daylight for your needs. Turn off lights when you leave the room if it has manual switches.
  • Raise the blinds to let sunlight in when it’s cold outside and close the blinds to keep the sun out on hot days.


  • Sustainable Student Action strives to educate the community on environmental issues and to work on projects that lead to a more sustainable future. 

Discussion Course

The Northwest Earth Institute has discussion courses for you and your friends, family and/or coworkers to expand your knowledge and discuss important topics. There are over 10 courses with topics such as: voluntary simplicity, health, and food. The courses last from 4 to 7 weeks and weekly readings take about 40 minutes. For more information, visit  


Seattle University’s EcoChallenge is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to raise their awareness and adopt new habits to sustain a healthy and just planet. In 4 weeks during spring quarter you will challenge yourself to learn, do, advocate for and share what you’ve learned in a 3 person team. Learn more


  • If you are physically able, open doors manually.
  • Burn calories- take the stairs.
  • Turn off your computer, monitor, speakers, printer, and lights at night. 
  • Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms.
  • Contact the Facilities Resource Center if you experience an energy issue, for example a room is too hot or cold:  296-6996,


  • Grow vegetables for yourself or donate your harvest to a soup kitchen at one of the campus community gardens
    Eat the fruits, vegetables and herbs growing throughout the campus gardens. Download the edible map.  


  • EnergyCenter Tool gives personalized energy saving recommendations, helpful shopping advisors, and intuitive energy tracking features. It is designed to help you make a habit out of saving energy through simple goals, gradual changes, and small personal commitments. 
  • Localize Sustainability is a web site where King County residents can calculate and improve their sustainability profile to save money, improve health, and lighten their environmental footprint.
  • A Carbon Footprint Calculator estimates how many tons of greenhouse gases your lifestyle choices create each year. Try the calculators of Carbon and The Nature Conservancy.

Meetings and Events

  • Use the Green Meeting and Event Checklist.  Sections provide information on food choices and catering, waste reduction, communication, transportation, and post-event considerations specific to Seattle University.

Residence Hall Room

  • Donate your unwanted clothes, food, school supplies and more at your residence hall’s Move Out collection station open Finals Week of Spring Quarter.
  • Plug electronics into a power strip so you can flip 1 switch to turn everything off and eliminate standby power consumption.

Resources on Campus Sustainability

  • Join the Center for Environmental Justice & Sustainability's Facebook page to be notified of what's happening at SU.
  • Sign up to receive the AASHE Bulletin, a weekly compilation of news, opportunities, resources, job postings and events related to sustainability in higher education.
  • Learn best practices from other schools via AASHE's Resources. Topics include: academics, research, co-curricular education, student organizing, operations and planning. Create an account using your Seattle University email address to access the members-only resources.
  • Search 800 case studies highlighting efforts to green the campus and the curriculum from colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. Go to Campus Ecology's sustainability database.


  • $100 a quarter Transit Pass covers travel between four counties.
  • Bike Commuting- Register your bike, plan a safe bike route to campus, find a map of campus bike racks, sign up for the secure, covered bike lot; rent a locker in the Student Center and use the shower.  Learn more.
  • Carpool parking permit.
  • Zipcar is a car-sharing company which rents cars by the hour. A car is reserved at a moment's notice or in advance through an online reservation. Hourly rates include gas and insurance. Leave your car at home and use the Zipcar for occasional trips. A variety of cars are parked near campus. 
  • Car2Go is a car-sharing company that provides a fleet of free-floating, Smart ForTwo cars distributed all over Seattle. Members use the car for as long as they like without committing to a specific return time or location. They can finish the trip in any authorized parking space within the car2go Home Area. By-the-minute rates include fuel, insurance, parking and maintenance. 

Waste Reduction

  • Set your computer to print double-sided as the default. Download How to set printer default to double-sided.
  • Bring your own mug to any campus cafe and get a 20-cent discount on hot drinks and soda.
  • Educate yourself on what materials are recyclable and compostable.      


  • Drink free tap water from the campus fountains and cafes. 
  • Buy the Seattle University Think Outside the Bottle water bottle and support the clean water for Haiti project.  

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