March: Water Month

Learn more about water here!

RECYCLEMANIA EVENTGarbology Episode III: Revenge of the Compost Waste Sorting

When: Thursday, March 8th      Time: 9AM-2PM
Where: LEML Plaza (Quad in front of the Library)
Description: Staff, faculty, and student volunteers are needed to help sort the university’s waste in the third-ever public waste-audit on campus. Participants sort SU's trash into recyclable or compostable materials to determine how much trash SU sends to the landfill could be diverted. Contact Eric Elliot with questions: elliotte@seattleu.edu.

Food Tank Summit-Growing Food Policy

When: March 17th      Time: 9AM-5PM
Where: Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University
Description: CEJS is proud to host Food Tank’s inaugural Seattle Food Summit: “Growing Food Policy” on March 17, 2018. 35+ standout speakers will share a stage at SU to participate in interactive panels on policy innovation and entrepreneurship in the food system.

The Summit will welcome speakers and panelists from the U.S. Congress; from major tech companies including Google and Microsoft; from the governments of Seattle, Portland, and King County; from NGOs including the Environmental Working Group and the American Farmland Trust; and from major foundations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Top food journalists from KUOW, The Seattle Times, The Stranger, and Seattle Weekly will work to foster creative and hopeful discussions. See here for more details.

FREE TICKETS: Food Tank offers free tickets to current Seattle University students, faculty, and staff and half price tickets to SU Alumni (while ticket supplies last): Fill out the application here and include “I’m a Seattle University student/faculty member/staff member/alumna/alumnus” in the “How did you hear about the Summit?” line.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Food Tank is seeking 100 volunteers for this event. Volunteers receive free access to the Summit (incuding breakfast and lunch). Volunteer shifts typically last 3-4 hours and run from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm on the day of the event. Interested volunteers should email vanesa@foodtank.com and cc michael@foodtank.comSee more details here.

Community Recycling Day

When: Wednesday, March 21, 7AM - 1PM
Where: Bellarmine Turnaround - 1111 E. Columbia Street (Between Bellarmine Hall and Sullivan Hall School of Law)
Description: Spring clean your dorm, home, or office and bring recyclables and other “junk” to SU’s Community Recycling Day for FREE recycling and donationItems accepted include: appliances, batteries, books, clothing, confidential papers (will be shredded), compact fluorescent light bulbs, electronics and accessories, machinery, office supplies, packaging material, plastic grocery bags, printer toner cartridges, Styrofoam blocks and peanuts (bagged or boxed), and (empty) tanks or spray cans. Please do not bring any chemicals, mattresses, or furniture. Staff and volunteers will help unload heavy items. Hard drives and other storage devices will be wiped through a secure data destruction program.

For a detailed list of what items to bring, visit HERE 
For more information, or if you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Eric Elliott, SU’s recycling coordinator, at elliotte@seattleu.edu or (206) 296-6459.


February: Recyclemania Month

Learn more about Recylemania here!

Seattle U Gives

When: Tuesday, February 1st-2nd      Time: 9:30AM-5:01PM
Seattle University
Description: Support CEJS with a donation on this day of giving! The event runs for 1891 minutes (our founding year). Here's how your donation can help:

  • $10 could offset 3 metric tonnes of carbon emissions
  • $25 could pay for a student to participate in a Sustainability conference
  • $50 could pay for supplies to support the aquaponics project at WA Middle School
  • $100 could pay for a year of safe drinking water for 200 people in Haiti
  • $500 could pay for one-year faculty mentorship for a student’s sustainability research project

Give here.

RECYCLEMANIA EVENT: Recycling Info Sessions and Green Team Certification

When: Tuesday, February 6th      Time: 6:00PM
 PIGT 109
Description: Learn what goes in which bin, and what happens to your waste after it leaves campus, and become Green Team Certified! Volunteers are needed! RSVP here. Questions? Contact Eric Elliot at elliotte@seattleu.edu.

How the West Coast Leads on Climate Change, Immigration, and Income Fairness: A Conversation with WA Gov. Jay Inslee and OR Gov. Kate Brown

WHEN: February 2, 2018
WHERE: Pigott Auditorium, SU Campus
Director of Environmental Studies program at SU, Tanya Hayes, PhD will be moderating this exciting conversation. There are a limited number of seats at this event: Register here with password: SUstudents@Crosscut. Kindly only RSVP if you plan to attend and make sure to cancel your RSVP if your plans change; we expect this to be a popular event and want to give as many students as possible the opportunity to attend. This is part of the upcoming Crosscut Festival on campus February 2nd and 3rd.For students interested in attending the Saturday events as well, there is a $15 student ticket to attend on Saturday, which students can register for on the Crosscut website. Students can contact Lindsay Ohab with questions about the festival: ohabl@seattleu.edu

WOHESC-Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference

WHEN: Tue-Thu, 6-8 February, 2018
  Portland State University
DESCRIPTION: CEJS is a proud partner of The Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC). Through facilitated conversation, workshops, presentations and networking opportunities, participants will play a role in advancing environmental performance at Washington and Oregon State institutions of higher education, support regional policy goals and initiatives, and drive the development of a generation of professionals for whom sustainability is a core tenant of their work and life philosophy. Are you an SU student, faculty, or staff member interested in attending WOHESC? Contact CEJS for a registration discount. Learn more.

2018 Great Backyard Bird Count

When: February 16th      Time: 11:30AM-1:30PM
 Deck of the Union Green
It's the Year of the Bird! Join the SU Facilities team this year for the 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count around SU Campus! 2018 celebrates the centennial of the passage of the Migratory Bird Treat Act of 1918 which completed an agreement to end the hunting of nongame birds in the U.S. and Canada. This act influ­enced international prohibition to pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill, or sell most spe­cies of North American native birds. In 1936 the U.S. passed a similar act with Mexico. Today these agreements ensure that wild birds warrant full protection under the law across North America. SU will have stations around campus for SU community to count and the numbers; the numbers will then be sent to the Audubon Society! Find out more here. Interested in participating? Contact Shannon Britton at brittons@seattleu.edu.  


When: February 22nd      Time: 11:30AM-1:30PM
Cherry Street Market
Description: Come check out what our school's lunch time waste looks like and weighs by simply passing through C-Street! If you are interested in volunteering sign up here! Contact Eric Elliot at elliotte@seattleu.edu with any questions.


January: Climate Resilience Month 

Learn more about the monthly theme here!

2018 Climate Resilience Summit

After experiencing ash raining down on our City, have you wondered how we are combating climate change? Hear from community and business leaders and government agencies on how they’re building climate resilience and how we can best support communities on the front lines of climate disruption.

Register TODAY for the 2018 Climate Resilience Summit, organized by Sustainable Seattle, on January 6, 2018, at Seattle University!

CEJS is a proud sponsor of the event. SU faculty, staff, and students: REGISTER HERE by using your SU email and the following codes for a discounted conference fee:

  • SU Faculty/Staff Early Bird (until 12/01) at $35 (register under "Academia"): ERLYSUFS
  • SU Faculty/Staff Regular at $40 (register under "Academia"): RGLSUFS
  • SU Student Early Bird (until 12/01) at $20 (register under "Student"): ERLYSUSTUD
  • SU Student Regular at $25 (register under "Student"): RGLSUSTUD
  • OR volunteer at the event and receive free admission! To sign up for volunteering, email nancy@sustainableseattle.org.
    Learn more about the summit here. Any questions? Contact Nancy Huizar at nancy@sustainableseattle.org.

Work Party at The taqwsheblu Vi Hilbert Garden!

When: Friday, January 12th from 10AM to 1PM
Where: The taqwsheblu Vi Hilbert Ethnobotanical Garden on the SU Campus (near 924 East Cherry Street)
Description: The Central Puget Sound Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society is forming a partnership with Seattle University. The partnership is focused on learning from and caring for the Vi Hilbert Ethnobotanical Garden on the SU campus. Seattle University staff, faculty and students are invited to join in learning from and caring for this amazing campus resource. If you’re on campus and don’t have 3 hours free, just come by the Garden and pull a few weeds and say hello! Tools and gloves will be available. If you would like to take part, contact Sharon Baker (sabaker41@gmail.com or 206 464 1068). Sharon will send detailed instructions, including tools, parking and public transportation.

Martin Luther King Jr. Mass and Keynote Address

When: Monday, January 15th Time: Mass at 11:00 AM, Keynote Address at 12:15 - Keynote Address
Where: St. Ignatius Chapel on SU Campus
Description: Join us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King's death with a mass at 11AM and the keynote address following at 12:15AM in the Chapel of Saint Ignatius. The keynote speaker is James F. Williams, Managing Partner of the Seattle office of the law firm Perkins Coie. Mr. Williams is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He is a member of Immaculate Conception Paris. Look here for more information and be sure to RSVP on FB here!

Winter Sustainability Gathering

When: Thursday, January 25th Time: 12:30PM-1:20PM
Where: Boeing Room at SU Library
Description: INterested in what SU groups are doing for sustainability around campus? Join us for the winter quarter gathering. These informal quarterly gatherings are meant to be a space to: share what you/your group is planning for this quarter (including any preparations for April, Earth Month); share resources; discuss how we can collaborate and support each other’s initiatives; and learn what SU students and departments are doing to improve SU’s sustainability efforts. Questions? Contact Yolanda Cieters at cietersy@seattleu.edu for more information.

Meet CEJS at the 2018 Winter Involvement Fair

When: Wednesday, January 31st      Time: 11AM-2PM
Where: Student Center Hearth, LeRoux Room, and Student Center 130
Description: Find our booth at the Winter Involvement Fair and learn more about what the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability does and learn how you can get involved with sustainability on campus! RSVP on ConnectSU here


December: Fair Trade Month

Learn more about fair trade here

Fair Trade Finals

WHEN: Week of December 4th
WHERE: Various locations on SU Campus
DESCRIPTION: In need of a coffee or chocolate refill during Finals week? Stop by the Fair Trade booth at C-street, Sidebar, and The Bottom Line. Check out the fair trade initiatives that Bon Appétit supports, and try out some free samples!

  • Dec 4th Monday
    Hawk’s Nest Bistro – free samples of Guayaki Yerba Mate
  • Dec 5th Tuesday
    Sidebar – free samples of Stumptown Coffee
  • Dec 6th Wednesday
    The Bottom Line – free samples of Caffe Vita coffee
    Hawk’s Nest Bistro – Mix Your Own snack mix giveaway (it’s free!)
  • Dec 7th Thursday
    Byte – Numi and Choice Tea special drink
  • Dec 8th Friday
    Cherry Street market – Theo Brand Chocolates



Learn more about the monthly theme here!

Paper Towel Compost Petition!

Please consider signing the Paper Towel Compost petition initiated and powered by Seattle University’s Green Team! Composting paper towels is a no-brainer.  So why don’t we do it at Seattle University?  If you’re part of the SU community, please sign and share to compost paper towels in public bathrooms on campus. Compost the change you want to see in the world! Sign the petition here!

Plant a tree on Green Seattle Day and enjoy a FREE lunch! (All ages welcome)

WHEN: Saturday, November 4 Time: 9:00 AM-Noon
WHERE: Meeting location on campus: Lemieux Library at 8:20AM
              Meeting location off campus: Jefferson Community Center at 9:00AM (at the shuttle for Lewis Park)
DESCRIPTION: On November 4, “Green Seattle Day,” hundreds of volunteers will be planting thousands of native trees and shrubs in 22 parks throughout Seattle. Join SU’s Green TeamFood with Spirit, and CEJS to participate in Green Seattle's biggest event of the year. The event runs from 9:00AM-12:00PM. All ages are welcome! No experience necessary. Tools, gloves, plants, coffee, snacks, and instruction are provided. And at 12:00PM, free lunch will be served.

The SU groups will volunteer at Lewis Park. Interested in participating? Sign up HERE. (Space is limited!) 

    • On campus: Join us in front of the Lemieux Library at 8:20am. We’ll be taking the light rail to the Beacon Hill station. The main “hub” location for the event is the Jefferson Community Center on Beacon Hill. A shuttle will take us from the Jefferson Center to Lewis Park
    • Living close to Beacon Hill? Join us at the Jefferson Community Center at 9:00a.m. at the “shuttle stop” for Lewis Park.
    • Living close to Lewis Park? Meet us directly at Lewis Park at 9:15 a.m.

After the planting activities, a shuttle will return to the Jefferson Community Center for a warm and hearty FREE LUNCH by DayoSense Catering at 12:00pm.

    Long sleeves and pants, and sturdy, closed toe shoes or boots are suggested for protection. Gloves are provided.
    If you have any questions about the event, contact Jessie Dirks (Seattle U’s Green Team) at dirksj@seattleu.edu.

Environmental Green Games

WHEN: Sunday, November 12th Time: Shifts from Noon-6PM
WHERE: Connolly Gym
DESCRIPTION: Join SU's Green Team at the next home game for basketball! Women play at 1:00pm and the Men's Game is at 4:00pm. SU's Green Team will be present with a booth and some information alongside Bon App. Starting now, everything sold in the concession stands will either be compostable or recyclableIf you are interested in volunteering with the Green Team please contact Eric Eliot at elliotte@seattleu.edu. If not, we hope to see you there!


October: Food Justice Month 

Learn more about the monthly theme here!

Environmental Lunchtime Talks 

WHEN: Tuesday, October 3 Time: 12:30 PM-1:20 PM
 ENG 307
DESCRIPTION: Have you wanted to hear how other students or faculty spent their time this summer?  Do you have something you would like to share? These sessions are intended to provide an informal setting in which you will strengthen connections with like-minded students and hear about upcoming opportunities. The idea is for each of us (students and faculty) to bring a few photos to share with the group. Anyone with an interest in environmental issues is invited. If you can attend all three lunches, please simply show up on Tuesday with your photos (USB or Google Drive work well). Or, if you already know that there is a particular day that works best, please respond to Lyn Gualtieri at gualtieri@seattleu.eduLearn more.


WHEN: Wednesday, October 4. Time: Between 9:00AM-3:00PM
  Library Plaza
DESCRIPTION: After a successful 1st edition in February 2017, here is Garbology II, hosted by the Recycling Shop and SU’s Green Team: waste will be collected from all over campus and brought to the library plaza. Volunteers will be tabling for waste reduction and sorting recyclables/compostables from our waste stream. Please email Eric Elliott, SU's Recycling Coordinator, at elliotte@seattleu.edu with times that you would be able to volunteer. And if you can’t volunteer, stop by the Library Plaza to find out how you can contribute to SU’s goal of 80% waste diversion in 2018!

Environmental Lunchtime Talks 

WHEN: Tuesday, October 10 Time: 12:30 PM-1:20 PM
 ENG 307
DESCRIPTION: Have you wanted to hear how other students or faculty spent their time this summer?  Do you have something you would like to share? These sessions are intended to provide an informal setting in which you will strengthen connections with like-minded students and hear about upcoming opportunities. The idea is for each of us (students and faculty) to bring a few photos to share with the group. Anyone with an interest in environmental issues is invited. If you can attend all three lunches, please simply show up on Tuesday with your photos (USB or Google Drive work well). Or, if you already know that there is a particular day that works best, please respond to Lyn Gualtieri at gualtieri@seattleu.edu. .

Weekend Environmental Stewardship 

WHEN: Saturday, October 14 Time 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (vans depart SU at 9:30, return at 2:30)
WHERE: Riverview Park (12th Ave SW and SW Myrtle St)
DESCRIPTION: We’ve volunteered to provide a team of students and faculty who will work with the Nature Consortium, a local not-for-profit organization, on an environmental cleanup project.  This is a great opportunity to get off campus and help the community. Please sign up with Dr. Lauer (lauerj@seattleu.edu) by Friday, September 29.

FOOD DAY Cooking Class: Sustainable Cooking on a Tight Budget (SU STUDENTS ONLY)

When: Tuesday, October 24 Time: 7:00PM-8:30PM
Where: Xavier Basement
Description: Did you know that one in four college students struggles with food insecurity? SU students: Join Bon Appétit, CEJS, HAWC, Just Serve, and Food with Spirit for our second-annual Food Day Cooking Class! Executive Chef Christine Keff will be demonstrating some of her favorite low-cost recipes and sharing her tips for cooking and eating well on the tightest of budgets. We’ll also be raffling off a budget cookbook, connecting students to food access resources and volunteer opportunities, and learning how to make the most of food that’s growing right here on campus. This class is free and a light meal will be served. Click here for more information and reserve your spot here! Only 40 spots are available for this fun class. For more information, contact Yolanda Cieters at cietersy@seattleu.edu.

Worship Service and Tree Planting

When: October 25, 2017 Time: 3-4:30PM
Where: St. Ignatius Chapel and Union Green at Seattle University
Description: All are welcome at Seattle University to acknowledge the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. We gather for worship in the Chapel of Saint Ignatius, followed by a tree planting on the Union Green (outside of Saint Ignatius). For more information, contact the School of Theology and Ministry at stm@seattleu.edu.

Engineers for a Sustainable World-Annual Gala

WHEN: Friday, October 27 Time 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
Seattle University (Campion Ballroom - Cherry St. Entrance)
DESCRIPTION: Please join us for our annual ESW fundaiser! Food, drinks, music, art and FUN! Proceeds will benefit our projects in Nicaragua, Haiti, Peru and Thailand. Learn more about our work. Please RSVP by 10/15.


September: Campus Sustainability Month


Laudato Si': A Mass celebrating the Season of Creation (Lunch and Resource Fair to follow)

When: 9/30/17
  St. James Cathedral
Description: All are welcome to the Laudato Si' Mass to celebrate the Season of Creation at St. James Cathedral. After the Mass, there will be a luncheon and resource fair. This day is sponsored by St. James Cathedral, the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center, Earth Ministry, Seattle University’s CEJS and Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture. 

Part of Welcome Week: Chasing Coral screening and panel discussion

When: 9/29/17
  Piggot Auditorium
Description: Coming to SeattleU: FREE screening of "Chasing Coral," winner of the 2017 Audience Award for documentary at Sundance. Chasing Coral is a highly acclaimed film illustrating the existential threat facing coral reefs around the world. The visually stunning documentary also provides a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges the film crew faced in attempting to capture mysteries of the underwater world. The screening will be followed by a multidisciplinary panel discussion including Seattle University faculty and a guest speaker from the Seattle Aquarium. And... We are GIVING AWAY FREE TICKETS TO THE SEATTLE AQUARIUM after the film screening! This event is being cosponsored by Student Development as part of Welcome Week, CEJS, and the Film Studies program. Learn more and watch the trailer. 

Part of Welcome Week: Campus Garden Work Party

When: 9/28/17
  Peace Pole Garden
Description: For all new students on campus; come and join the amazing student club Food With Spirit during Welcome Week to help them in the gardens to plant for fall crops, removing summer plants, and spreading compost. Learn more.

Environmental Lunchtime Talks 

When: 9/26/17
  Engr 307
Description: Have you wanted to hear how other students or faculty spent their time this summer?  Do you have something you would like to share? These sessions are intended to provide an informal setting in which you will strengthen connections with like-minded students and hear about upcoming opportunities. The idea is for each of us (students and faculty) to bring a few photos to share with the group. Anyone with an interest in environmental issues is invited. If you can attend all three lunches, please simply show up on Tuesday with your photos (USB or Google Drive work well). Or, if you already know that there is a particular day that works best, please respond to Lyn Gualtieri at gualtieri@seattleu.edu. Learn more.

Part of Welcome Week: Meet CEJS at SU's Involvement Fair 

When: 9/26/17
  SU Quad
Description: Are you interested in interning with CEJS, learning about sustainability at SU, or participating in environmental justice and sustainability events? Visit the largest club event of the year, the Fall Involvement Fair (sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement-CSI) and stop by at the CEJS booth with your questions! Learn more.

Part of Welcome Week: Sustainability Tours

When: 9/23/17
  Meet at the Student Center
Description: For all new students; did you know that SU composts all its pre-consumer waste on campus to reuse on SU gardens? And did you know that the Bullitt Center is the greenest, most energy-efficient building in the world and is located just a few blocks away from SU campus? This is your chance to visit both facilities. Learn more.

Environmental Awareness-themed Athletic events: Attend the game and meet SU's Green Team

When: 9/22/17
  Championship Field
Description: GO REDHAWKS! Come and support our athletes at this season's first green athletics events! Meet Seattle University's new Green Team and find out how Athletics is working toward greening its games. Learn more, contact Eric Elliott (SU's Reycling Coordinator) for more information at elliotte@seattleu.edu and see here for Athletics events details. 

Jeff Renner on Climate Change, Laudato Si', and the Northwest

When: 9/14/17
  Piggot Auditorium
Description: For nearly four decades, Jeff Renner served as Chief Meteorologist at KING TV. Jeff will discuss the changes he has seen in our climate, the latest science and the compelling call of Pope Francis in Laudato Si’ to Care for Our Common Home. This event is sponsored by Seattle University's Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, Earth Ministry, and the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center.

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