October 2016

Sustainability at Seattle University

  • Climate Action Plan: As a signatory to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, Seattle University adopted a Climate Action Plan in 2009 stating the university's intentions to more comprehensively address climate change and advance sustainability.
  • Sustainability practices on campus: The SU Campus reduces waste, incentivizes transit and biking to work, practices water conservation efforts, increases energy efficiency in buildings, and utilizes organic methods in its landscaping. 
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions reduction: As of July 2015, SU’s greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by 31 percent since 2009. 
  • STARS GOLD Rating: SU obtained a GOLD rating by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS).

October is Campus Sustainability Month: what is happening on campus?

  • Sustainability Literacy: A sustainability literacy survey will be completed by the SU class of 2020.
  • Transportation: A campus-wide transportation survey will be promoted to assess the commuting practices of students, faculty, and staff
  • Food Day, October 24: A plant-based protein cooking class will be offered by Bon Appétit, HAWC, and CEJS. Read more.
  • Curriculum Development: CEJS will host a Brown Bag Lunch presentation with Kevin Wilhelm, author of Making Sustainability Stick, who will discuss how faculty can integrate sustainability into their courses and across disciplines. Read more.
  • Research: A call for 2017-2018 CEJS Fellowship applications has been announced: Read more here.

Check out our events page for more!

AASHE Campus Sustainability Hub

  • The AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) has created an online library of thousands of valuable resources for campus sustainability practitioners, enabling educators to learn about all aspects of sustainability in higher education and to find inspiration in how to incorporate sustainability into their own lectures.
  • Users can find what they need through filter, sort and search functions and enhanced browsing. Resources are organized by sustainability topic (e.g., curriculum, public engagement, energy, investment) and content type (e.g., academic program, case study, conference presentation, photograph).

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