November 2019 Green Seattle Month

Green Seattle Month

This month's sustainability theme is "Green Seattle." Read on to learn how SU maintains its lush urban landscaping; find out about events at SU in November; and explore how you can get involved with conservation and sustainable gardening organizations in the community. 

How Seattle U Greens its Campus

  • Seattle University is a pesticide-free campus and 100% organically maintained by the fantastic Grounds crew! Learn more about our Grounds sustainable practices here
  • Did you know that SU is an edible campus? You can eat the organically-grown fruit, vegetables and herbs from the campus gardens. Check out the edible campus map by and learn more at The Edible Campus. The edible gardens are maintained by the Edible campus student intern, Food with Spirit student club, and the Grounds crew. Want to be involved? Contact the edible campus intern Melanie Henderson-Sjoberg at
  • Seattle University has two community gardens: The Broadway Community Garden (located at Broadway and E. Columbia) and the Chardin Community Garden (located between Chardin Hall and SU Park). If you're interested in acquiring a plot, please email Shannon Britton. The Food For All plots are located within the two community gardens and everyone in the community (SU and non-SU members) is welcome to pick from these plots. Look for the Food For All signs!
  • Food with Spirit is a student-led club that maintains the edible gardens and the Food for All plots on campus! Their Food for All Stewards work in teams of 2-5 to plan, plant, and harvest crops in these plots which can be consumed by community members or donated to local community kitchens. Learn more about Food with Spirit here.
  • Seattle University has received the Tree Campus USA designation. SU's Grounds team guided this effort while students produced an inventory of significant trees on campus that can be used as an educational tool for faculty and students.
  • Take a self-guided tour of Seattle University's campus trees using the Campus Tree Map. For a detailed description of the many trees on campus, check out the Campus Tree Biography.
  • 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.
  • Seattle University is also a leader in regard to the irrigation practices for athletic fields. Championship Field is watered only as needed. The field is divided into 8 different zones, and in each zone, there are sensors that calculate the evapotranspiration rate, gallons per minute flow rate, percentage of volumetric water content, and inches per hour rate (precipitation rate). The readings from these sensors are automatically sent to Seattle University irrigation, who then can determine how much each zone of the field needs to be watered and when it needs to be watered
  • In 2013, Championship Field, the home field for the Men’s and Women’s Soccer team, was named the “Soccer Field of the Year” by the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA). Then in 2017, Championship Field received the Environmental Facility Certification from the STMA for the advanced turf management strategies and irrigation practices.
  • Since 1989 Seattle University has been designated a Wildlife Sanctuary by the WA State Fish and Wildlife Department. This can be seen in  the numerous gardens around campus which create habitats for wildlife! Check here for more information.
  • Since 1989 Seattle University has been designated a Wildlife Sanctuary by the WA State Fish and Wildlife Department. This can be seen in  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!

Events and Volunteer Opportunities

Get involved in the Community!

  1. Tilth Alliance: A nonprofit organic gardening and urban ecology organization with classes, learning gardens and farms, children's programs, and community outreach.
  2. Green 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 3rd.
  3. 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!
  4. ForterraForterra 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!
  5. 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 from SU and well worth it! Learn more here.
  6. Earth Corps builds a global community of leaders through local environmental service.  

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