2016 Just Sustainability Conference


Thank you for making Just Sustainability 2016 a success!

From August 7-August 9, CEJS welcomed 160 participants at its 2nd biennial Just Sustainability Conference at Seattle University. Just Sustainability offered an opportunity for academics and practitioners to share ideas and discuss solutions to our shared sustainability challenges. Conference attendees included faculty, staff, and students; grassroots activists and non-profit organizations; and representatives from agencies and businesses such as Skanska, EcoNorthwest, ILFI, and the E.P.A.

The conference program included 7 workshops, 12 presentation sessions, and 3 sustainability tours. Our featured speakers Brian Cladoosby, Shariff Abdullah, Jessica Finn Coven, Congressman Adam Smith, Dr. Andy Hoffman, Mckenzie Funk, and the Interfaith Amigos each highlighted their perspective on how we can work together to ensure the well-being of all people while caring for our common home.

Presenters at the conference provided us with innovative, timely, and diverse research insights, They discussed research and projects as varied as the following:

  • Treaty Rights and Totem Poles: Successful Northwest Indigenous Leadership in
    Protection of Sacred Lands
  • Ti Jaden Lakay-Sustainable Gardening with Youth in Haiti
  • Christian Nonviolence as a Response to Climate Change
  • Corporate Sustainability in Practice from an Unusual Suspect: Casino Gaming
    Entertainment & Hospitality
  • Social and Environmental Justice Consequences of the Limited Scope of Environmental Impacts in Sport
  • Farmworkers, Sustainable Agriculture, and Democracy
  • Elders as Transcendent Leaders: From Success to Significance
  • Wildness as Cross Cultural Exploration
  • Catholic Healthcare: The Challenge of Laudato Si

We would like to thank our sponsors for their financial support: Skanska, EPA, PSE, and YES! Magazine 

Want to learn more about Just Sustainability 2016? Please see here.

IER Publication

Presenters at the 2016 Just Sustainability conference had the opportunity to submit their paper for submission to the journal Interdisciplinary Environmental Review (IER). The special issue of IER titled "Environmental Justice and Sustainability" was published in Fall 2017. The 9 selected articles cover a varied range of topics from Just Sustainability Arts to Global Conservation and Modern Slavery.

Photo Gallery

Wondering what was happening at Just Sustainability? Check out the photos from the 2016 conference here.

Thank you to all who contributed photos of the conference.


We recorded the plenary sessions and lunch speakers. Check out the videos here.

Virtual Poster Session

View the JS2016 Virtual Poster session here.

Resources, events, and more information

Please view the resources and upcoming events that were shared by some of the presenters. If you are a JS2016 presenter and have materials to share online, please send an email to cejs@seattleu.edu and we'll post it here.


Sunday, 08/07


DAVID LIN, Workshop "How to Calculate your Ecological Footprint":

JESSIE DYE, JEWELL PRAYING WOLF JAMES, and FRED XWE NANG LANE, Indigenous Activism workshop: "Treaty Rights and Totem Poles: Successful Northwest Indigenous Leadership in Protection of Sacred Lands":

  • Video of the evolution of "Our Painted Responsibilities," the participatory mobile mural that was created during the 2014 Totem Pole Journey and was displayed at SU's Campion Ballroom during the 2016 Just Sustainability conference.

  • Totem Pole Journey, Thursday August 25, 2016, St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, Seattle. Join us on August 25 as the faith community will be gathering with the Lummi Nation House of Tears Carvers to celebrate the victory against coal export at Xwe’chi’eXen (Cherry Point) and to continue to strengthen alliances defending tribal sacred lands and waters


Monday, 08/08


JOHN HAINZE, Session 1: Religion and Climate Ethics

BETHANY BARRATT, Session 3: Environmental Justice: Political Challenges

TROY ABEL, Session 3: Environmental Justice: Political Challenges


CAROL DANSEREAU, Session 8: Food and Sustainability

JIM IRBY, Sustainability Tour at Beacon Hill Food Forest:


Tuesday, 08/09



MARIA EUGENIA IBARRARAN, Session 13: Just Global Society

JOHN DE GRAAF, Session 13: Just Global Society: "Time, Well-being, and Sustainability":

  • Time Matters: National Conference at Seattle University, co-sponsored by CEJS. If you’re interested in vacation time, family and sick leave, shorter working hours, flexible work and relief from the rat race, join us for Take Back Your Time’s sixth conference, the National Work-Leisure Balance and Vacation Commitment Summit in Seattle. 

CATHERINE PUNSALAN, Session 14: Laudato Si'

JASON LAMBACHER, Session 15: Environmental Sustainability: Response Strategies and Conservation

There aren't words to say how wonderful, inspiring, and energizing the conference has been for me. I left with so many new ideas that I want to stay up all night and write them all down to not escape me.

JS2016 Presenter

Thank you for your good work organizing the conference. I enjoyed it tremendously!

JS2016 Presenter

It was a pleasure being able to present at the conference and I had a chance to meet and talk with a variety of people, including my fellow presenters. I wish I had been able to stay longer.

JS2016 Presenter

I so appreciate your vision and effort in hosting a conference that brought together voices for environmental justice, ethics, sustainability and interdisciplinary and interfaith action. The kind of space for dialogue that you make possible is deeply important to those of us working in sustainability in higher education.

JS2016 Presenter

The Just Sustainability conference is made possible by: