Earth Month 2017

Celebrate Earth Month!


April 22nd is Earth Day! We encourage all SU students, staff, faculty, and alumni to reflect on how we care for the earth and our communities, and to participate in one of the many events that are happening this month on and off campus.

On-Campus Events


When: April 10-28, 2017
Where: Seattle University (various locations)
Description: Have fun, care for the planet and our communities, and win great prizes! Celebrate Earth Month and participate in SU’s 4th annual EcoChallenge! The EcoChallenge is a fun 3-week event encouraging participants to make small lifestyle changes that contribute to a world of impact! The event is open to SU students, faculty, staff, and alumni. You can participate as an individual or as a team. This year's theme is "Belongings and Belonging." For 3 weeks you will be challenged to reflect on your consumption and its connection to our communities, locally and globally. $25 worth of gifts from local businesses and SU sponsors will be awarded each week to the highest scoring participants. Learn more about Earth Month and register. Contact with any questions.

Tree Planting

When: Tuesday, April 18, 2017      Time: 1:30-4:30PM
Where: Seattle University Quad
Description: Celebrate Arbor Day with SU Biology Professor Brenda Bourns and her class on Tuesday afternoon, 04/18, to observe the planting of 5 new trees in Seattle University's Quad! This event will help us get certified with Tree Campus USA as a school that promotes healthy trees and student service learning! Contact with any questions.

Bon Appetit Events at C-street

When: April 19-28, 2017
Where: Cherry Street Market

  • April 19: Learn to yield judgment about the appearance of your produce. Bon Appetit invites you to compare grocery store "acceptable" produce versus produce purchased straight from the farm.
  • April 20: Bon Appetit will offer delicious free samples of food made from commonly thrown away items, such as candied orange peels!
  • April 28: For National Stop Food Waste Day (04/28), Bon App will weigh the waste generated at Bon Appetit that day.

Contact with any questions.

Tour the Bullitt Center

When: Thursday, April 20      Times: 9:30-10:00AM and 4:00-4:30PM
Where: The Bullitt Center 
            1501 East Madison Street
            Seattle, WA 98122
Did you know that the greenest, most energy-efficient commercial building in the world is located just a few blocks away from SU campus? SU's Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability is housed in the Bullitt Center and will host two tours of the building on Thursday, April 20. Learn more and RSVP here. Contact with any questions.

SU Interfaith Earth Day

When: Thursday, April 20, 2017      Time: 11:30AM-1:30PM
Where: Student Center 160 and the Hearth area, including the green immediately prior to entering the building
Description: Join us at SU's 4th Interfaith Earth Day fair. Take action at the Action Center (STCN 160) and meet campus and off-campus Earth Justice organizations; enjoy live music brought to you by KXSU and SU student performers; partake in a Mindfulness Meditation session; and participate in Interfaith Earth Justice conversations at the Hearth.The event is sponsored by Seattle University's School of Theology & Ministry, Campus Ministry, Earth Ministry, Washington Interfaith Power and Light, Eco Sangha, KXSU, and the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability. Learn more.

Tree Planting

When: April 21, 2017      Time: 10-1PM
Where: SU Quad
Description: Join SU students and the grounds crew for the planting of 4 trees for the QUAD Tree Planting Project in celebration of Earth Day. Information will be available to learn about the very important role trees play in our environment! Contact with any questions.

March for Science  March for Science PosterMarch for Science Poster

When: April 22, 2017      Time: 9:45AM (meeting at SU Library plaza). 10:00AM-1:00PM (Speakers, Events, and March)
Where: We will meet at SU's library plaza and walk together to the start of the March at the Cal Anderson park.
Description: Take part in the global "March for Science" on Earth Day, April 22. We will walk over as a group to the Cal Anderson Park and participate in the March to support science that upholds the common good and encourages leaders to create evidence-backed policy reflecting the public interest. Get connected with the community's marchers on Facebook and learn more about the event. Contact with any questions.

Earth Labyrinth Events    A photo of an earth labyrinth

When: April 24-May 3, 2017
Where: Lawn on the West side of the ADMIN Building
Description: SU’s Grounds will create a labyrinth mown onto the lawn on the west side of the ADMN building opening April 24th and unofficially closing May 3rd or until it is no longer visible on the lawn. Come and walk the labyrinth! This self-serve contemplative activity during Earth week invites labyrinth walkers to connect with the beauty and gifts offered by the earth and initiate a reflection on the importance of caring for our natural world.

CEJS Spring Brown Bag Lunch - Faculty Fellows Research Presentation

When: April 25, 2017      Time: 12:30-1:30PM
Where: Wyckoff Auditorium (ENGR 200)
Description: Join us as CEJS Faculty Fellows Dr. Quan Le; Associate Professor, Department of Economics at Albers School of Business and Economics, and Dr. Shiny Abraham; Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering present their research. Dr. Le will discuss the collaboration of Seattle University and Nicaraguan smallholder cooperatives in bringing the Fair Trade and Organic Coffee Café Ambiental  to campus and the broader community. Dr. Abraham’s talk will focus on the use of Internet of Things (IoT) technology to build and deploy smart, connected sensors that provide continuous monitoring of air, water, and soil quality. Learn more.

Plant & Veggie Sale AND Compost Give-Away

When: April 28, 2017      Time: 10:00AM-2:00PM
Where: CLMB Greenhouse in the 1313 Yard (1313 E. Columbia St.)
Description: Shop for plants, learn about growing your own food, and receive a FREE bag of compost "freshly" made from pre-consumer food waste right here on SU campus. There will be all sorts of plant starts for sale (around 1500 plants!). The prices will range from $0.50 to $2.00 and the options will range from tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants to lettuces, flowers and herbs. The event is hosted by SU's Food With Spirit club and SU's Grounds and Recycling Departments! The event ends when all plants are sold, so try to come early! Contact with any questions and learn more here.


Off-Campus Events in the Community 

VegFest - A Healthy Vegetarian Food Festival

When: April 1-2, 2017      Time: 10:00AM-6:00PM
Where: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
Description: Learn more!

Art Build to Support Climate and Social Justice 

When: April 9, 2017      Time: 12:00-8:00PM
Where: Powerhouse - 3940 Fremont Ave N. Seattle
Description: This event will happen multiple times throughout the month. Check for details.

State Parks Free Day

When: April 15, 2017
Where: All State Parks
Description: More details here!

National Parks Free Day

When: April 15-16, 22-23, 2017
Where: All State Parks

2017 Wild & Scenic Film Festival

When: April 19, 2017      Time: 5:30PM
Where:  SIFF Cinema Uptown
Description: Get your tickets!

Climate Solutions 19th Annual Reception

When: April 19, 2017      Time: 5:00-8:00PM
Where: Heritage Room
Description: RSVP here.

Student Conservation Association Earth Day

When: April 22, 2017      Time: 9:00AM-1:00PM
Where: WA park arboretum restoration
Description: Register here!

Earth Day Storytelling

When: April 23, 2017      Time: 2:00-4:00PM
Where: Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center
Description: Reserve your spot here! 

St. James Cathedral Environmental Fair: Show Mercy for our Common Home 

When: April 30, 2017     Time: After 10:00AM and 12:00PM Mass
Where: St. James Cathedral Hall