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Sustainable Leadership

A commitment to fully divest from fossil fuels. A pesticide-free, 100 percent organically maintained campus. The cessation of the purchase and sale of single-use plastic water bottles. Critical to the support and advocacy of the university’s sustainability measures such as these is the Center For Environmental Justice And Sustainability (CEJS) and the work of Sustainability Manager Yolanda Cieters.

A ‘Cool School’

Seattle University continues its run of top rankings for sustainability by once again being named a Sierra Cool School for 2021. It earned a spot in Sierra magazine’s Top 20—placing in the top 4 percent overall—and is the only university in the Northwest to make it in the top group.

Seattle University Recognized for Eco-Friendly Efforts

Seattle University is one of 10 colleges and universities in the U.S. named as “Eco-Friendly” by The Environmental Magazine. Read more here.

A person leans down to peer into a display case of plant-based food in a brightly lit café space.

Eating Green

Ensconced in the Jim and Janet Sinegal Center for Science and Innovation is the Convergence Zone café, an all-plant based eatery. Here visitors can grab a Sambazon Acai bowl, Dillanos fair trade coffee and UNFI plant-based snacks, butter, cream cheese and more. These brands were chosen because the companies believe in sustainability and better plant-based food, says Emily Henspeter, marketing manager for Chartwells, which operates Redhawk Dining.

Photos by Matt Lipsen/Chartwells