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  • Take public transit, carpool, vanpool, bike, or walk instead of driving your car, which on average emits 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year
    • Learn how Seattle University incentivizes alternative means of commuting to campus: see here for SU incentives for commuting
    • If you live on or near campus, you can check out a ORCA pass for free from the Student Center front desk
    • The average car owner spends $9,000 on their car a year (this does not include the price of Seattle parking!), save money by opting to walk and take public transit, or take a carbon neutral Lyft when necessary. If you went car-free you would have to buy an unlimited Orca pass each month in addition to spending $651/month on ride shares like Lyft to match the amount you spend having a car.
  • 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! Read this article on energy vampires. Plug electronics into a smart power strip so you can flip 1 switch to turn everything off and eliminate standby (vampire) power consumption.
  • Replace the lamps at your desk, in your office, or at home with LED light and save up to 60% of energy. For on-campus spaces, contact Facilities if LED lighting has not yet been installed.
  • 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 more about saving energy while doing laundry here.
  • Learn about the benefits of going solar and how you can retrofit your own home: visit Solar Washington or Let’s Go Solar. It is easier than you think!!
  • 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.

REDUCE! REUSE! . . . and then Recycle

  • In trash cans on SU campus, 50% of waste found is actually compostable, 13% is recyclable (2018 data). We can do better! Support SU in its goal to divert 80% of its waste from the landfill by 2020.
  • Find out "What Goes Where" and choose the right bin next time you need to throw stuff away.
  • Not sure what to do with your batteries? Put them in an envelope labeled ‘SU Recycling’ and slip them into any on-campus mailbox. They will be properly taken care of!
  • Donate rather than throw away: Have any electronics, furniture, or other items in your office or dorms you want to get rid off? Consider donating to local non-profits.
  • Repair rather than replace: instead of throwing out items after they break, have them repaired. Check out DIY tutorials on youtube or get them professionally repaired.
  • How much plastic do you consume? Take this quiz to find out what your plastic footprint is! Here are 11 easy ways to reduce your plastic waste.Or use this tool by the Earth Day Network to calculate your personal plastic consumption, create your personal plastic plan, and track your progress.
  • Seattle University is a plastic water bottle-FREE campus. Use your reusable water bottle at all times, both on and off campus.
  • Processing recyclables and compost 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 C-street and almost all coffee shops in Seattle!) and C-Street reusable plates instead of clamshells and compostables.





  • 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.

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