Earth Month 2019



Earth Month 2019 was an eventful few weeks. Seattle University hosted speakers, events, and a month-long campaign called "Your SUstainability Idea?" to gather campus input for the drafting of the new Sustainability Action Plan. See below for a recap on the activities that took place during Earth Month 2019!

Highlights include:


Earth Month 2019 Events

What is "Your SUstainability Idea?"


Seattle University's  wants to hear from you! Let us know how SU might be more SUstainable and how you might support SUstainability. You can submit your ideas

  • At #SUstainability (don't forget to tag #seattleu)
  • On the "Wall of Ideas" in STCN, PIGT Atrium, and the Library (2nd floor)
  • Across campus in the Earth Month suggestion boxes at the Chartwells Cafés, residence halls front desks, the HUB desk at STCN, and iDesks at the Library
  •  or 

Interfaith Earth Day Video Contest SU IPA Club Logo

Participate in the 2nd annual Earth Day video contest at SU for a chance to win $250! How do I help the Earth? Tell your story in less than 3 minutes and submit your videoDeadline for video submission is April 20th. Any questions? Contact (Indigenous Student Association) and Click here to see the Interfaith Earth Day video contest flyer. All video submissions and the documentary “United by Water” will be presented on April 25 at Wyckoff Auditorium (4:00PM-7:00PM). View video contest submissions here!

Video prompt: "HOW DO I HELP THE EARTH?"

  • Duration: 3 minutes or less
  • Deadline: April 20th, 2019
  • Prizes: 1st ($250); 2nd ($150); 3rd ($100)


Lyft Earth Month Campaign for Students: Discounted and Carbon Neutral Rides to Urban Parksimage of lyft logo for earth month

Every weekend in the month of April, Lyft will be providing a discount to students to ride to urban parks in the Seattle area. The discount will only be valid on Lyft's newest Mode, Green Mode. Through Green Mode, all cars are with hybrids or electric vehicles. Additionally, all Lyft rides are carbon offset: since April 2018, Lyft offsets the carbon emissions from all rides globally! The goal of this Earth Month campaign is to help students explore their city while being environmentally friendly.


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When:  April 1-30, 2019
Where: Lemieux Library and online Resources guide
Description: During the month of April, the Library will highlight environmental justice and sustainability related resources. Check out the wealth of books, e-books, streaming media, and online resources in the Earth Month Resource Guide created by the library staff. Also, the Library is one of the locations on campus where you can submit "Your SUstainability Idea" in a suggestion box at one of the i-desks or on the interactive wall design on the 2nd floor.


St. James Ecology Fair 

When:  Sunday, April 7, 2019     Time: After 10am and 12pm Masses
Where: St. James Cathedral, 803 Terry Avenue, Seattle
Description: CEJS is participating in St. James' Ecology Fair for Earth Month 2019. Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ calls for every person on the planet to show mercy to the Earth, our common home. St. James' annual Fair is an opportunity to become better informed and take action to protect and nurture our environment. Come to the Fair to learn how environmental changes adversely impact those already living on the margins of society and take action to protect the environment by gathering information presented at the Fair! Click here to see the 2019 St. James Ecology Fair flyer.


Career Search Workshop: Social and Environmental Sustainability Careers
Part of SU's Career Engagement Office's "Inclusion and Industry Takeover"Sustainable Business Consulting logo

When:  Tuesday, April 16, 2019  Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm AND 3:30pm-5:00pm
Student Center (STCN) #130
In this 90-minute interactive Learning Lab, students will explore career track possibilities and learn best practices for landing a social-purpose job. The workshop will take students through a series of real-life case study lessons and hands-on activities that allow participants to roll up their sleeves and apply best practices to their sustainability, equity, and inclusion career search. The presenters from Sustainable Business Consulting have run numerous workshops on this topic and are the authors of Sustainability Jobs: The Complete Guide to Landing Your Dream Green Job. The presenters have advised over 500 individuals through their career search and influenced countless organizations in their pursuit of more equitable supply chains and workplace practices.


Earth Month Plant Sale

When: Thursday, April 18, 2019      Time: 11:00AM-1:00PM
Where: Greenhouse Yard, 1313 Yard (entrance is on 13th Ave between E. Columbia St. and E Cherry St.)
Description:  Join Food With Spirit for an Earth Month Plant Sale. Come pick out plants for the spring season grown by Seattle U students. Bring your own shopping bags!


Beacon Food Forest Work Party

When:  April 20, 2019   Time: 10am-2pm
Where: Adjacent to Jefferson Park at 15th Ave S and S. Dakota St, Seattle, WA
Description:  The EVST department is supporting a Beacon Food Forest work party on April 20 from 10-2pm.  It will also include a workshop (co-led with an EVST student) on plant guilds.  Bring work gloves, water and a $2-$5 donation for lunch.  For more information, please email Tanya Hayes


In Touch With the Earth: Seattle EcoSangha SeminarEcoSangha logo

When:  April 20, 2019   Time: 9:30am-4:30pm
Where: Seattle Buddhist Church, 1427 Main St, Seattle, WA 98144
Description:  Join the Seattle Buddhist Church for an Earth Day Seminar. Lunch will be included. Hear from Professor Duncan Ryūken Williams on Satoyama: A Japanese and Buddhist Lens to Environmental Concerns, SU Professor Jason Wirth on When is Enough? EcoSangha Rising, and Reverend Donald Castro on EcoSangha - The History, Vision and Hope for the Future. General $25 Student $15 Lunch is included. Click here to view the EcoSangha flyer. For more information contact: 


Earth Day Fundraising E-Cycle Event

When:  Tuesday, April 23, 2019  Time: 11:00AM-1:00PM
Bellarmine Turnaround
Recycle Your Electronics with Living Green & Support the Special Olympics! On April 23 rd , Living Green Technology will be hosting a fundraising ecycling event at Seattle University in support of the Special Olympics! Do you have electronics you would like to dispose of for free in a safe and environmentally-friendly way? For every 100 pounds of eWaste recycled, Living Green will be donating $25 towards the Special Olympics. Check out the IT event poster by clicking here.


Interfaith Earth Day Speaking Event: DR Michel, John Sirois (Upper Columbia United Tribes-UCUT) and Todd Mitchell (Swinomish Indian Tribal Community)

When: Thursday, April 25, 2019      Time: 2:00-3:15PM
Where: BANN 401
Description: Join the Indigenous Student Association and Indigenous People’s Institute in welcoming DR Mitchell and John Sirois from the Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT) and Todd Mitchell, environmental director for the Swinomish Indian Community, as they discuss environmental issues affecting salmon, the Columbia River and the Swinomish Indian Community. After the presentation UCUT will screen a documentary titled “United By Water” in Wyckoff Auditorium as part of Earth Month and Interfaith Earth Day. Visit Indigenous Peoples Institute for more information or contact Diane Tomhave at


Earth Day Video Contest Showcase and Documentary Screening "United by Water" Indigenous Student Association_Sized_Down

When: Thursday, April 25, 2019      Time: 4:00PM-7:00PM
Where: Wyckoff Auditorium (ENGR 200)
Description:  Join us for an afternoon of Earth Day screenings. The event will kick off with the showing of the documentary "United by Water”, followed by the screening of the Interfaith Earth Day video contestants' submissions. Prize winners will be announced. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Any questions? Contact Hannah Lucero at (Indigenous Student Association.



When: April 23-26, 2019          Time: All day
Where: Cherry Street Market
Description: April 24 is "STOP FOOD WASTE DAY." How much food do we waste each day at SU? "Weigh our Waste" at C-street and learn about Chartwells efforts to minimize food waste from our cafes, kitchens, and catering. Questions? Email Ashley Keever at


Lunch Hour Speaking Event: “Achieving Carbon Neutrality: Microsoft, Seattle Sounders FC, and Seattle University”

Light appetizers offered by Chartwells

When: 04/29/2019    Time: 12:30PM-1:30PM 
  Wyckoff Auditorium (ENGR 200)
Description: Join us for a lunch hour event with Liz Willmott (Microsoft’s Carbon Program Lead), Taylor Graham (Vice President of Business Operations and former Sounders defender 2009-2011), and Dr. Phillip Thompson (Director of Seattle U’s Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability—CEJS). Microsoft has been carbon neutral since 2012 by utilizing on-site reduction strategies as well as the purchase of carbon offsets. The Seattle Sounders recently announced they will support local habitat restoration projects to offset their annual carbon emissions and become the first team in Major League Soccer to go carbon neutral. How might SU achieve its carbon reduction goals? What type of investments are supported by offset programs and are there any social, educational, and economic co-benefits? Come and ask your questions while enjoying light appetizers offered by Chartwells. This event is organized by SU's President's Committee for Sustainability (PCS). Any questions? Contact Yolanda Cieters at cietersy@seattleu.eduClick here to view the Achieving Carbon Neutrality event flyer.


Eco-Engineering and Urban Water: The Ethics of Environmental Transformationimage of UW professor Robert Mugerauer

When:  Monday, April 29, 2019  Time: 3:45PM-5:15PM
Student Center 210
As cities try to protect and improve their waterways in the face of pollution, overflows, flooding, and the effects of climate change, environmental engineering promises new ways to imagine the relationship of city dwellers to the waters that give them life. Yet how are new visions of urban water to be realized equitably and with an eye to avoiding unintended consequences? The ambitions of engineering need to be met with the requirements of ethics and an awareness of the complexity of ecosystems. Robert Mugerauer, Ph.D., is a professor and former dean of the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington. He is a prolific scholar in the fields of philosophy of architecture, environmental ethics, and urban development. He has served as a planner and planning consultant in a variety of urban development projects. This lecture is sponsored by the Seattle University Department of Philosophy.