2016 Just Sustainability Conference

Practitioners and academics finding solutions to our shared sustainability challenges.


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2016 Conference Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons

Be a part of the second biennial conference “Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons” at Seattle University on August 7-9, 2016. Confronting the sustainability challenges before us calls for collaboration, exchange of ideas, and exploration of solutions by academics and practitioners across every discipline. “Just Sustainability” will provide that platform!

  • Six workshops will build expertise and provide tools for your organization and communities. Workshop themes range from  “Indigenous Activism,” “Corporate Sustainability” to “Diversity in the Environmental Movement” and “Calculating Your Ecological Footprint.”
  • Our eight featured speakers NCAI President Brian CladoosbyShariff Abdullah, Congressman Adam Smith, City of Seattle's Jessica Finn CovenCynthia FiggeDr. Andrew HoffmanMcKenzie Funkand the Interfaith Amigos will highlight how we can work together to ensure the well-being of all people while caring for our common home.
  • Three sustainability tours will take you around some of the most innovative examples of greening efforts by Seattle community members and businesses. Tours include the greenest commercial building in the world (Bullitt Center), a walk through the Beacon Hill Food Forest, and a visit to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency air sampling station.
  • More than forty academics and practitioners will give presentations that highlight their environmental justice and sustainability projects.


 View the JS2016 Program

Featured Speakers

Brian Cladoosby

Brian Cladoosby is an accomplished and influential political leader in the Pacific Northwest. Currently president of the National Congress of American Indians and the Association of Washington Tribes, his award-winning expertise concerns sustainable economic development for native communities. Read more








Shariff Abdullah

Director of Commonway Institute, Shariff Abdullah, J.D., has traveled across the world inspiring peaceful societal change. Shariff consults with people and organizations to rectify unequal structures and institutions. He both inspires and embodies spiritual and societal sustainability. Read more








 Jessica Finn Coven

Jessica Finn Coven is Director of the City of Seattle's Office of Sustainability & Environment. The Office collaborates with a wide range of stakeholders to develop innovative environmental solutions that foster equitable, vibrant communities and shared prosperity. Jessica previously served as the Washington State Director of Climate Solutions where her work focused on developing legislative and policy strategies to reduce global warming pollution and grow an equitable clean-energy economy in Washington State. Read more







Congressman Adam Smith

Adam Smith (Democrat) has served as a member of the United States House of Representatives since 1997, representing Washington's 9th congressional district. Smith served in the Washington State Senate from 1991 to 1997. He was just twenty-five years old at the time of his election in 1990, defeating a 13-year incumbent Republican, Eleanor Lee, to become the youngest State Senator in the country. Smith won his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996 by defeating another incumbent Republican, Randy Tate. Read more







Cynthia Figge

Cynthia Figge is a leader in the corporate sustainability movement—she has helped major companies including BNSF, Boeing, Coca-Cola, and REI to implement sustainability strategies. Read more









Dr. Andy Hoffman

Andy Hoffman, Ph. D., is a professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources & Environment and the Ross School of Business. He has published over 100 articles and eleven books, focusing on institutional change and sustainable corporate strategies. Read more









 McKenzie Funk

McKenzie Funk is a prize-winning environmental journalist for multiple magazines such as National Geographic, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times. From the melting Arctic to Guantanamo Bay, global issues are the foundation for Funk’s writing. Read more









The Interfaith Amigos


Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon, and Imam Jamal Rahman (known as the Interfaith Amigos) combine their diverse backgrounds to deliver supportive interfaith wisdom through humor and dialogue. Read more






Register here!

Note that registration will close on Thursday, August 4, at midnight. If you would still like to register for the conference, please contact Yolanda Cieters at cietersy@seattleu.edu

Registration includes a reception on Sunday 08/07 and Monday 08/08, and a continental breakfast and lunch on Monday 08/08 and Tuesday 08/09.

Registration options are:

  • Early Bird Registration (until 06/07/2016): $275
  • Regular Registration (06/08/2016-07/28/2016): $350
  • Late Registration (07/29/2016-08/04/2016): $450
  • Student Registration 3 days: $75
  • Student Registration 1 day: $25
  • Seattle University Faculty and Staff Registration: $150
  • Sunday August 7 only Registration: $65
  • Monday August 8 only or Tuesday August 9 only Registration: $150 

If you are in financial need, please contact us.

If you require any special accommodation in order to participate fully in this event (registration for people with disabilities, disabled parking, food allergies,...), please email our office at cietersy@seattleu.edu or call 206-220.8400.


We encourage you to make your reservations early. Seattle is a great place to visit in summer!

Lodging on Seattle University Campus:

Registration for on-campus lodging is closed. 

Lodging in the SU neighborhood:

See below for housing accommodations close by SU campus:

Conference Sustainability Tours on Monday, 08/08

On Monday afternoon 08/08, three sustainability tours are scheduled:

We are sorry but pre-registration for the Sustainability Tours on Monday 08/08 is now closed. We will accept registrations on site at the Just Sustainability conference (at the Student Center Hearth area) as we still have a few spots open for the tours.

Seattle Mariners Versus Detroit Tigers Baseball game

Join us for a fun night at Safeco Field at the end of the Conference on Tuesday, 08/09, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets at reduced fee are limited. 

We are sorry but pre-registration for the baseball game on Tuesday 08/09 is now closed. We will accept registrations on site at the Just Sustainability conference (at the Student Center Hearth area) as we still have a few spots open. Only check will be accepted as payment method.

Publication of selected papers in the journal Interdisciplinary Environmental Review

Presenters at the conference will have the opportunity to publish their paper in a special issue of the journal Interdisciplinary Environmental Review. Authors can submit their entire paper to cejs@seattleu.edu. Full papers are due on September 26, 2016. We will notify authors in October 2016 if the paper has been selected for publication. Final versions of accepted papers will be due on November 1st, 2016.

Author guidelines can be found here.

Twelve papers from the 2014 Just Sustainability conference were published in this special issue of the journal Interdisciplinary Environmental Review.

The Just Sustainability conference is made possible by:


United States Environmental Protection Agency

Puget Sound Energy

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