The Socially Responsible Investments Task Force was created to consider issues of social responsibility in the investment policies and practices of Seattle University. It is charged with making recommendations to the Investment Committee on socially responsible investment issues related to the investments in the university’s endowment. The Task Force, which is part of the Board of Trustee’s Investment Committee, will have a term of one year and consist of 11 members representing the Board of Trustees, alumni, students, faculty and staff. The university has already made targeted investments in micro-entrepreneurship activities.
Seattle University is the first educational institution in the state to sign the Washington Business Climate Declaration. The declaration, which President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., recently signed, states: "There is a clear and present need for action on climate change to protect our region's natural assets, its vibrant communities and its growing economy. Read more.
Food With Spirit is a new group of students and Grounds staff volunteering their time to grow food to feed the homeless. Through spring, summer and fall of 2104 SU students delivered 40 boxes of produce to feed the homeless at St. James Cathedral Kitchen. The food was grown in SU's two community gardens and at a new plot created in an unused section of Photographic Center Northwest’s parking lot. Read more.
Seattle University has been designated a Fair Trade University by Fair Trade Campaigns. SU pledges to make Fair Trade-certified products available in campus restaurants, catered events, offices and stores. The initiative also includes an educational component that encourages faculty to incorporate Fair Trade issues into their teaching. Faculty and students also collaborated with students and colleagues at a sister Jesuit university in Nicaragua and a Nicaraguan coffee farmer cooperative to develop a new Fair Trade coffee branded Café Ambiental that eventually will be sold on campus. Read more.
CEJS sponsors a great range of research projects, reflecting the connections between environmental justice and sustainability. Read more here!
Dr. Benjamin Howe's review of Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation appears in the journal Environmental Ethics summer publication. Dr. Howe has his PhD in philosophy and is currently a faculty fellow at the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability. Read the review here.
Seattle University received the Visionary Award in Transportation from the Seattle 2030 District. The judges recognized the six Nissan Leafs in the Nighthawk shuttle fleet, the electric Segways used by security officers, subsidized transit pass, Zipcar partnership, discounted carpool parking, free vanpool parking and facilities for bikers. Read more.
The Seattle University Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS) collaborated with Bailey Gatzert Elementary School to teach fourth and fifth graders how to be "green" and environmentally aware starting from a young age. Students in the after school program have participated in reading program that features books centered around environmental justice and sustainability that were donated by CEJS. Read more.
Father Sundborg joined fellow American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment signatories in sending individual letters to President Obama in support of strong emissions regulation of existing power plants. The letter was a response to the EPA releasing its draft standards. The letter notes that SU as an institution of higher education has a moral responsibility to rise to the challenge of global climate disruption. Addressing the climate crisis through reducing power plant carbon pollution fits our mission to empower leaders for a just and humane world. Read the letter.
In light of the November 8 typhoon that devastated Southeast Asia, largely affecting the Philippines, Seattle University's Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability is holding a benefit concert on January 16 with YouTube star AJ Rafael. The concert is being held in order to raise awareness and support for typhoon relief. The Seattle University Spectator highlights this event in their January publication. Read more.