Live Green

Green Living Guide Energy Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! Food

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Green Living Guide

  • Learn how to easily adjust daily habits to dramatically change how you are living sustainably in SU's Green Living Guide.


  • If you are physically able, open doors manually.
  • Take the stairs and make your heart race for sustainability!
  • Turn off and unplug your lights, computer, monitor, speakers, printer, and lights at night. Appliances plugged in but off still suck energy!
  • Launder thoughtfully: wash only full loads and use cold water, then hang them dry! The drier is the second highest energy-consuming appliance after the fridge!
  • Learn about the benefits of going solar, and learn how you can retrofit your own home by visiting Let’s Go Solar. It is easier than you think!!
  • Contact the Facilities Resource Center if you experience an energy issue, for example a room is too hot or cold:296-6996,
  • Localize Sustainability is a web site where King County residents can calculate and improve their sustainability profile to save money, improve health, and lighten their environmental footprint.
  • A Carbon Footprint Calculator estimates how many tons of greenhouse gases your lifestyle choices create each year. Try the calculators of Carbon Footprint and The Nature Conservancy.

REDUCE! REUSE! . . . and then Recycle

  • Not sure to do with your batteries? Don’t just throw them away! Put them in an envelope labeled ‘SU Recycling’ and slip them into any on-campus mailbox and they will be properly taken care of!
  • Processing recyclables and compostable takes large amounts of energy. A few easy ways to reduce even recyclable and compostable waste is to
    • Use reusable mugs (you get a discount at almost all coffee shops in Seattle!)
    • Use C-Street plates instead of clamshells and compostable


  • Grow vegetables for yourself, or harvest from one of the many campus edible gardens! Download the Campus Edibles Map.   
  • Eat meatless one day a week. If everyone in the US replaced one chicken meal with one plant-based meal once a week, the greenhouse gas emissions reductions would equate to taking 500,000 cars off the road!
  • Cafeinate sustainably and buy SU's MotMot coffee (previously called Café Ambiental) from the bookstore. This Fair Trade product was made possible through the efforts of Seattle University and the University of Managua, Nicaragua, working towards improving the livelihood of Nicaraguan coffee farmers. Learn more!
  • Farmers markets are not only a great way to support your local economy and reduce your ‘food miles,’ but are also a great outing to go on with your friends.
  • Buying in bulk not only reduces your packaging waste, but also the energy used to produce and transport your groceries. A three-in-one!
  • Eat with the seasons! Learn what is currently ripe and delicious by visiting Seasonal Cornucopia.


  • Shop at thrift stores like the Lifelong Thrift, Crossroads, or Goodwill before going to other stores.
  • Eat out responsibly and see if a restaurant serving up sustainable fare can satisfy your dinner craving.


  • The Seattle University Employees Retirement Plan includes four Socially Responsible funds. View the List of Investments.
  • Use the CSR Hub to explore environmental ratings and sustainability behaviors of major companies in North America, Europe and Asia.

Green Up Your Department

  • A green team is an effective way to reduce a department’s environmental impact. A team approach ensures all offices are participating in the program and allows for the work to be distributed among several people. One member of the team is a department head to show executive buy-in and so decisions can be made quickly.


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