Take Action for Social and Ecological Justice

The future depends on urban and rural landscapes that are environmentally sustainable and socially just.  As an Environmental Studies student at Seattle University, you will:

  • Learn the problem-solving, decision-making and communication skills needed to address the pressing problems of climate change, urbanization, waste, water, energy and food systems

  • Specialize in a specific environmental field

  • Engage with faculty from across disciplines to assess the social and ecological dimensions of sustainability

  • Gain real world pre-professional experience

Program Summary

Social and ecological sustainability requires an holistic approach to problem solving.  Environmental Studies coursework in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to critically assess and address complex environmental challenges.

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As part of the EVST curriculum, each student chooses to specialize in an area of environmental studies and sustainability. The specializations build upon the core EVST curriculum and prepare you with the knowledge and skills needed to develop your specific field of interest.

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Professional Development

EVST students gain pre-professional experience while completing a required Environmental Internship.  They engage with the global classroom developing knowledge of diverse cultures through study abroad, fellowships and undergraduate research.  

SU Environmental Studies graduates are well positioned for jobs in environmental policy, planning, advocacy, communication, education and natural resource management. 

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Happening on Campus

Naef Scholarship Application Period, March 6th- April 9th

Apply for the Naef Scholarship! Student applicants are required to have a 3.4 or higher GPA, to have earned 90 credits at SU by the time of the award in September of 2019, to plan on full-time enrollment (45 credits) in the AY 2019-20, and to agree to participate in the Naef program/activities. A list of required application documents may be found on the application cover sheet which may be obtained in the office of the Deans of ASBE, CAS, and CoN, as well as in the Office of the Honors Program and the Vice President of Student Development and at the Campus Assistance Center. If you have questions about your eligibility, the requirements for application, the selection process, or the Naef Scholars' activities during the award year, please contact Professor David W. Madsen by e-mail (dmadsen@seattleu.edu), telephone (206-296-6938) or in his office (Casey 410-03).

Video contest for Seattle University students Hosted by SU’s Indigenous Peoples Institute and the Indigenous Student Association

Video prompt: “HOW DO I HELP THE EARTH”

  • Duration: 3 minutes or less
  • Deadline: April 20th, 2019
  • Prizes: 1st ($250); 2nd ($150); 3rd ($100)
  • All Video submissions and the documentary “United by Water” will be presented on April 25 at Wyckoff Auditorium (4:00PM-7:00PM)

For more details and video submission: see attached flyer https://orgsync.com/149327/events/2687333/occurrences/6471240

Faculty Highlights

Contact Us

Tanya Hayes


206 296-5485


Kimberly Gawlik

Senior Administrative Assistant

206 296-5440


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RecycleMania is a 8-week long competition between colleges across the U.S. and Canada that tracks the amount of each institutions’ weekly recycling, composting, and trash rates! A few of the universities we are competing against include the University of Washington, Washington State University, Stanford, Yale, and Harvard. Last year, SU placed sixth overall (see our 2018 results here)! This year's competition runs from February 3-March 30, 2019. Each week, participating schools will be ranked in different categories based on how well and how much they minimize waste and divert from the landfill! We will post our weekly ranking on this page, so STAY TUNED for competition updates!

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Campus Sustainability: Gold Rating Awarded

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a framework for colleges and universities to measure their environmental, social, and economic sustainability performance. In May, Seattle University achieved a gold rating from this rigorous bench-marking program with a score of 75.64, an increase of six points since the 1st STARS submission in 2016. Read more here and view SU's STARS report.

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Sierra Magazine Cool Schools Top Ten Award 


Seattle University is a Top Ten School when it comes to being green, according to the 2018 "Cool Schools" rankings published in Sierra, the magazine of the Sierra Club.  SeattleU is the only university in Washington to make the magazine's top 20.  Read More

 The Princeton Review: Top 50 Green Schools

The Princeton Review named Seattle University #12 on its 2019 list of Top 50 Green Colleges.  Green Colleges are schools that make the most exceptional commitments to sustainability from academics and career prep to campus clubs and initiatives.