How Seattle U Greens its Campus
- Food with Spirit is a student-led club that maintains community gardens around campus! You can reserve your own plot or just stop by the food for all plots and pick some produce when it's ripe! Learn more here and navigate your way around the many SU Food gardens using the edible map.
- Seattle University is a pesticide-free campus maintained by the fantastic Grounds crew! Learn more about their many sustainable practices here.
- Rain gardens capture and hold runoff in the specially engineered soil, slowly recharge the ground water, and protect storm drains from overflow during intense storm events. Seattle University has two! View a diagram of the Library Rain Garden which contributes to the building's LEED Gold certification for the Commons addition building.
- Since 1989 Seattle University has been designated a Wildlife Sanctuary by WA State Fish and Wildlife Department. This can be seen especially by the numerous gardens around campus which create habitats for wildlife! Check here for more information.
- Seattle University Grounds department conducts an annual Audubon Society Great Backyard Bird Count sending results to the national website collector. View their guide to bird watching on campus and a campus bird checklist!
- The Grounds Fields Team recently received Environmental Facility Certification from the Sport Turf Managers Association for sustainably maintaining the turf for Championship Field! Learn more.
Events Sponsored by SU Groups
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 Team, Food 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? Learn more about the event here and be sure to sign up HERE. (Space is limited!)
Get involved in the Community!
- Greeen Seattle Partnership: A collaboration between the City of Seattle, Forterra, community groups and non-profits, businesses, schools, and thousands of volunteers working together to restore and actively maintain the City’s forested parklands. Join in on one of their many events found here! SU will have a group going to their event Green Seattle Day on November 4th.
- Beacon Hill Food Forest: A food forest is a gardening technique or land management system, which mimics a woodland ecosystem by planting edible trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. By building a community around sharing food with the public the organization hopes to be inclusive to all in need of food. Get involved taking a class or joining a work party here!
- Forterra: Forterra protects, enhances, and acts as a steward for our region’s most precious resources – its communities and its landscapes. Take a look at their map of impact here and learn more about how you can get involved!
- Volunteer at Volunteer Park (Capitol Hill): Every second Saturday a group gets together to ensure the park stays beautiful. It's just over a mile walk and well worth it! Learn more here.
- Earth Corps builds a global community of leaders through local environmental service.