It's Good To Be Green!

SU scores highest among Jesuit universities and state's independent colleges
By Stacy Howard

Seattle University has been honored once again as one of the country's top green universities for making environmentally responsible choices and practicing sustainability.  

The Princeton Review ranked SU highest of all 28 Jesuit universities nationwide and independent colleges in Washington state. For the second consecutive year, the university received a 94 on a numerical scale of 66-99, based on sustainability-related policies and programs.

Some of SU's sustainability practices include:

  • Bottled water not sold on campus, to encourage re-usable bottles
  • 60 percent of all campus waste is recycled and composted
  • On-site center where 52,000 pounds of campus kitchen waste annually gets turned into compost applied back to campus landscape
  • Green roofs made with natural vegetation absorb rain and provide habitat for birds and insects
  • Gardens where students grow food and donate to those in need
  • Rain gardens that collect storm water runoff and remove pollutants
  • Solar panels that provide a portion of buildings' electrical needs

SU has earned 18 awards for its eco-friendly practices. With completion of its new Fitness Center in the fall, the university will have four LEED Gold certified buildings with the Admissions & Alumni Building, the Law School Annex and the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons.

SU increased the amount of waste composted and recycled by 11 percent in the past year by placing 60 additional compost bins outside buildings, in residence halls and eatery areas. To-go ware from campus restaurants is also compostable.

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