Earth Month 2018


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 or more of the many events that are organized at Seattle University this month.

On-Campus Events


Interfaith Earth Day Video Contest SU IPA Club Logo
What Does the Earth Mean to You?

Participate in the 1st Earth Day video contest at SU and make a chance to win $250! What does the Earth mean to you? How do you Care for the Earth? Tell your story in less than 4 minutes and submit your video. Deadline for video submission is April 9th. Any questions? Contact (Indigenous Student Association) and learn more here.


Earth Month at the Library The text

When:  April 3-30, 2018      Time: During Library open hours
Where: Lemieux Library 3rd Floor Display and online Resources guide
Description: During the month of April, the Library will highlight environmental justice and sustainability related resources. Check out the Earth Month Display on the 3rd floor at the Library as well as the wealth of books, e-books, streaming media, and online resources in the Earth Month Resource Guide created by the library staff.


Work Party at the Vi Hilbert Ethnobotanical Garden

When: Friday, April 6, 2018      Time: 10AM-1:00PM
Where: Vi Hilbert Ethnobotanical Garden
Description: The Central Puget Sound Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society has formed a partnership with Seattle University Grounds. The partnership is focused on learning from and caring for the Vi Hilbert Ethnobotanical Garden on the SU campus. Join us on Friday, April 6th, from 10am to 1pm: we will be removing invasive plants and planting native plants. If you would like to take part, contact Sharon Baker ( or 206 464 1068). If you’re on campus and don’t have 3 hours free, just come by the Garden and pull a few weeds and say hello. We’ll have tools and gloves available. Learn more.


Sustainability Signage Competition for Res Halls

SU Student Residents: Ever wondered what it would feel like to see your artwork in a public space? Well look no further! CEJS is calling on YOU to create designs for printable signage that will be distributed within SU campus res halls. Interested? See the Sustainability Signage Competition page for guidelines and logistics. Competition deadline: May 7 by 11:59 PM. 


When: April 9-29, 2018
Where: You can participate anywhere you are at any time of the day
Description: Want to have fun, care for the planet and our communities, and win some awesome prizes while working toward earth justice and sustainability? Participate in SU’s EcoChallenge, from April 9 to 29, in observance of Earth Day 2018. Register yourself or sign up with a team of up to eight. The event is open to SU students, faculty, staff and alumni. $25 worth of gifts from local businesses and SU sponsors will be awarded each week to the highest scoring participants. And don’t worry—you will be provided with lots of resources and activities to pick from!

REGISTER HERE until Monday, April 9. Any questions? Check out the  or email  


Tour the "Trees of Seattle University"Tree Map of SU Campus

When: Wednesday, April 11th and Friday, April 13th      Time: 12:30-1:30
Where: Starts in front of ADMN
Description: Join us for a tour around campus of the beautiful array of trees we have! Check out the beautiful map and, if you can't make our tour, use this brochure and go on your own tour of the .


Encountering Laudato Si': ICTC Faculty Fellows Presentation by Jessica Imanaka and Jason Wirth

When: Thursday, April 19, 2018      Time: 12:15-1:20PM (Light lunch provided, please RSVP to
Where: HUNT 100
Description: Two ICTC Faculty Fellows will present on the following:

Forms of Life: From Technocratic Paradigm to Eco-politics
Presented by JESSICA IMANAKA, Associate Professor in the Albers School of Business and Economics

Inspired by Pope Francis’ critiques of technology and calls for a “bold cultural revolution” in Laudato Si’, this paper argues that environmental injustices issue from a dynamic between technologies of power and the powers of technology. The paper puts Laudato Si’ into dialogue with Peter Sloterdijk’s account of Ignatian anthropotechnics and Giorgio Agamben’s thoughts on Franciscan forms of life so as to sketch a vision of an eco-politics guided by contemplation.

Laudato Si’ and Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness
Presented by JASON WIRTH, Professor of Philosophy

This project brings Laudato Si’ into dialogue with Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness (GNH) program. The GNH concept implies that sustainable development should take a holistic approach towards notions of progress and give equal importance to non-economic aspects of wellbeing.


Interfaith Earth Day: Morning Fair and SpeakersSmaller_Width150

When: Thursday, April 19, 2018      Time: 11:30AM-2:00PM
Where: Student Center 160
Description:  Join the Indigenous Student Association and Indigenous People’s Institute in celebrating this year's Interfaith Earth Day on April 19! The morning will kick off with a Club/Organization Fair from 11:30am-12:30pm. Following the fairguest speakers Father Pat Twohy, Ray Williams, and Christina Roberts will present from 1pm-2pm. Swing by to enjoy light snacks/refreshments, support clubs/organizations, and listen to amazing speakers! Any questions? Contact Edith Guzman at and learn more here.


Interfaith Earth Day: Evening Video Contest Showcase

When: Thursday, April 19, 2018      Time: 6:00PM-7:30PM
Where: Wyckoff Auditorium (ENGR 200)
Description:  Join the Indigenous Student Association and Indigenous People’s Institute in supporting the Interfaith Earth Day Video Contestants! Each contestant's submission will be showcased and the prize winners will be announced. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Food With Spirit Work Party

When: Friday, April 20, 2018      Time: 11:00AM-12:30PM
Where: Greenhouse
Description:  Food with spirit is a student-led club that maintains community gardens around campus! You can reserve your own plot or just stop by the food for all plots and pick some produce when it's ripe. The club grows produce and donates it to the St. James Cathedral Kitchen as well. Questions? Contact Janice Murphy at


Earth Day at Bon Appetit

When: April 23, 2018          Time: 12:15PM - 1:00PM
Where: Cherry Street Market
Description: Leave no leaf, stem, bone or rind behind this Earth Day! Learn to love it all by trying our featured specials that use underutilized parts of common ingredients to their fullest culinary potential, and joining us for a demo on perfecting stock at Cherry Street Market.

Questions? Email Nicolina Miller at


Free Electronics Recycling

When: April 23, 2018          Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Where: 1111 E. Columbia, Bellarmine turn-around
Description: Reduce your e-waste impact by bringing your used electronics to this event. For every 100 lbs recycled, $1 will be donated to EarthShare Washington to support a variety of causes. Learn more.

Questions? Contact Steven West Phone:(206) 220-8480 Email: 

or 206-582-7100 option 1,


Plant & Veggie Sale AND Compost Give-AwaySmaller width-200 

When: Friday, April 27, 2018      Time: 11:00AM-2:00PM
Where: CLMB Greenhouse in the 1313 Yard (entrance is on 13th Ave between E. Columbia St. and E Cherry 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! Questions? Want to join Food with Spirit? Email FWS at or Eric Elliott, Recycling Coordinator at and learn more here

Food With Spirit Work Party

When: Friday, April 27, 2018      Time: 11:00AM-12:30PM
Where: Greenhouse
Description:  Food with spirit is a student-led club that maintains community gardens around campus! You can reserve your own plot or just stop by the food for all plots and pick some produce when it's ripe. The club grows produce and donates it to the St. James Cathedral Kitchen as well. Questions? Contact Janice Murphy at


Earth Month Lecture: "A Conversation on Conservation." The Future of Conservation in America

When: Friday, April 27, 2018      Time: 7:00-8:30PM
Where: ADAL- Stuart T. Rolfe Community Room
Description: Join us for this important dialogue about conservation, the environmental sciences, and America’s future. Dr. Gary E. Machlis served as Science Advisor to the Director, National Park Service in the Obama administration, and is currently University Professor of Environmental Sustainability at Clemson University. Dr. Machlis received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle, and his Ph.D. in human ecology from Yale. He will be discussing his new book The Future of Conservation in America: A Chart for Rough Water, recently published by the University of Chicago Press. Written with Jon Jarvis, the eighteenth director of the National Park Service, this book examines the current state of American conservation, and proposes practical and effective steps to advance conservation in the future. A book signing will follow the lecture and books will be available for purchase. See more here.


Care for the Earth after Earth Month

Everyday is earth day. See here for more environmental justice and sustainability events coming up in the next months:


Care for the Earth, Care for the Poor

When: Saturday, June 2nd      Time: 10AM-3:30PM (lunch included)
Where: Student Center Room 160 
Description: Join us for the Summit "Care for the Earth, Care of the Poor," celebrating the third anniversary of Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical Laudato Si’. All are welcome! The summit is sponsored by the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture (ICTC), CEJS, the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center (IPJC), the Archdiocese of Seattle, Earth Ministry, and St. James Cathedral. Registration for this FREE event is required by May 29; space is limited. Register here and See here for more information.

Special Olympics USA at Seattle University

When: July 1-6, 2018
Where: Various locations on SU Campus
Description: The 2018 Special Olympic USA Games will be hosted in Seattle, making this the biggest sporting event to hit the Seattle area in more than 25 years. Seattle University is one of 7 venues that will welcome events and over 3,500 athletes during the month of July. The Special Olympic's sustainability team has the ambitious goal to make this the first Carbon Neutral Special Olympics USA Games in history! Learn more and register to volunteer for the Green Team and other positions HERE (sign up under "Individuals and Non-access Coded Groups"). 

24th Annual IAJBS World Forum/2018 CJBE Annual Meeting: Innovation for Sustainability

When: July 22-25, 2018
Where: SU Campus
Description: This year, the annual conference of the "International Association of Jesuit Business Schools" will take place in Seattle. The Conference Theme is Innovation for Sustainability. Check out the conference program and register HERE. Early Bird Conference Registration deadline is May 15th. CEJS will organize a pre-conference workshop on "Incorporating Sustainability into Curriculum." Registration for the pre-conference workshop is open to all; discount codes for IAJBS attendees and SU members are available. Email for more details.