Our Pre-College Program, Urban Sustainability, will be based on a group of faculty-led activities from Seattle University. Students will be able to identify and explain 1) key environmental concerns in urban systems, 2) who is most impacted, 3) how these concerns are monitored and 4) potential solutions. This program is entirely project-based and includes a broad range of activities that span SU’s biology, chemistry, environmental studies, environmental science and environmental engineering programs. Our program emphasizes sustainability which includes social equity and inclusion as well as the issue of environmental justice which represents systemic and historical inequities for the populations that have disproportionately experience environmental burdens.


Tentative ScheduleActivityFaculty
Day 1 Introduction & Exploring the Capitol Hill Ecodistrict​ Phillip Thompson​
Gasworks Park, Energy, and Ecosystems Services​ Josh Armstrong​
Day 2 Urban Wildlife Camera Trapping​ Mark Jordan
Community Gardens, Pollinators, and Biodiversity​ Heidi Liere​
Day 3 Water Quality in Seattle​ Kyle Peet
Day 4 Eelgrass Seining Day Trip​ Kristin Hultgren​
Day 5 Plastic World – Implications and Changes​ Kristy Skogerboe​
Environmental Justice in Seattle & Wrap-Up​ Tanya Hayes


In this program, students will critically consider what the environment entails, human impacts, and ways to approach sustainability. Upon completion students will be able to: 

  1. Define ecosystem services and explain how these can be provided in an urban setting
  2. Identify and explain sustainable building design practices related to energy, water and materials.
  3. Identify water quality parameters that can be harmful to ecological systems
  4. Take standardized benthic(underwater soil)samples to characterize biological diversity
  5. Define environmental justice and reflect on ways in which these challenges can be addressed
  6. Determine marine fish and crustacean abundance and analyze the results within the context of a large data set
  7. Apply infrared analysis to identify various types of plastic pollutants
  8. Explain the domestic wastewater treatment process
  9. Define green stormwater infrastructure
  10. Explain the migration patterns of urban wildlife

Due to the instructional and hands-on nature of this program, there will not be a virtual option offered for Summer 2022.

Nonrefundable Deposit: $50

  • Paid once regardless of number of programs attended.

Cost of Attendance: $1,195

  • Includes course work, curricular excursions, co-curricular activities, and residential cost.
  • Scholarships available. Scholarship application is accessible within the program application.