Seattle U Sustainability Initiatives & Social, 4/1

Written by Kristina Alvarado
March 17, 2015

Seattle University's Jesuit character and mission "for a more just and humane world" calls faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members to intentionally care for the natural world as responsible stewards of the planet. The university is conscious of the environment's impact on local and global communities, and is dedicated to the specific, relevant issues of our time?like that of climate change?that affect acutely the world's poor. On April 1, Seattle University's Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability will host an special gathering as an opportunity to engage Center faculty fellows and their research in environmental justice and sustainability. The event will feature the School of Theology and Ministry?s very own, Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Associate Professor in Christian Ethics.

Wednesday, April 1 ?| ?5:00pm-6:30pm
Seattle U Campus ?| ?Student Center ?160
RSVP by March 25?

*Appetizers and drinks provided (Don?t forget your ID!)

Read more about Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda?s research, here.
Click CEJS Social?to download the event flyer.?

About the Center:

Seattle University's Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability is dedicated to the scholarship, teaching, and practice of environmental justice and sustainability for a more just and humane world. The offices for the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability is located in Seattle's Bullit Center--the greenest commercial office building in the world--as a part of the holistic effort to educate students about the effects of climate change by reducing the emissions from even the Center's operations. Read more about the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability, here.

Learn more about other Seattle University Centers, here.

About Seattle U Sustainability Efforts:

Seattle University has been recognized in The Princeton Review's "332 Green Colleges" in America, was the first Washington school to remove single-use water bottles, and was the first educational institution in the state to sign the Washington Business Climate Declaration (an initiative that recognizes the need for action on climate change). The university has additionally been recognized for its state-of-the-art urban composting facility.

Here are some other facts you might not know about the school?s sustainability efforts:

  • Two buildings on campus receive electricity from solar panels.
  • We have 4 LEED Gold buildings and 2 Built Green 3-star remodeled homes.
  • The campus restaurants serve compostable to-go ware.?
  • Our onsite facility annually composts 178,000 pounds of food waste.
  • Campus restaurants serve food from local farmers, vegan options, wild caught Washington salmon and Fair Trade coffee.
  • Our organically maintained landscape is also a backyard wildlife sanctuary.?
  • Green roofs and rain gardens manage rain water naturally.
  • 60% of campus waste is reused, recycled, or composted. (Learn more about what can be recycled?and composted)
  • We have commuter incentives for car/van pools, car sharing, transit, walking and biking.?
  • One-third of our campus vehicles are electric.
  • Students, staff and faculty can grow their own food in two campus community gardens.
  • Much of the campus plant life is edible (click here for a map of edible plants on campus)
  • Students grow food for needy families in the off-campus urban farm.

Learn more about SU Sustainability Efforts, here.