Take action for social and ecological justice

The future depends on urban and rural landscapes that are environmentally sustainable and socially just.  Seattle University Environmental Studies students:

  • 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 accross disciplines to assess the social and ecological dimensions of sustainability

  • Gain real world pre-professional experience

Take action for social and ecological justice

Program at a Glance

  • 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.

  • All students complete the Environmental Studies Core (58 credits) and an Environmental Specialization (20 credits). 

As part of the EVST curriculum, each student specializes in a specific area of environmental studies and sustainability. The 20 credit Specializations build upon the Environmental Studies core and prepare you with the knowledge and skills needed to develop your specific field of interest.

Specializations include:

  • Urban Sustainability
  • Politics, Policy and Justice
  • Environmental Education and Communication
  • Ecological Systems


Happening on Campus

Participate in the 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count

When: February 16th Time: 11:30-1:30 PM

Where: SU campus

Description: Join the SU Facilities Grounds team this year for the 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count on campus. We will have stations around campus for the SU community to record bird counts and the numbers will then be sent to the Audubon Society! Interested in participating? Contact Shannon Britton at brittons@seattleu.edu

Attend and Volunteer at the “Food Tank Summit”on March 17, 2018.

The Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability is proud to host Food Tank’s inaugural Seattle Food Summit: “Growing Food Policy” on March 17, 2018. 35+ standout speakers will share a stage at SU to participate in interactive panels on policy innovation and entrepreneurship in the food system.

The Summit will welcome speakers and panelists from the U.S. Congress; major tech companies including Google and Microsoft; the governments of Seattle, Portland, and King County; NGOs including the Environmental Working Group and the American Farmland Trust; and major foundations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Top food journalists from KUOW, The Seattle Times, The Stranger, and Seattle Weekly will work to foster creative and hopeful discussions. See here for more details.

FREE TICKETS: Food Tank offers free tickets to current Seattle University students, faculty, and staff and half price tickets to SU Alumni (while ticket supplies last): Fill out the application here and include “I’m a Seattle University student/faculty member/staff member/alumna/alumnus” in the “How did you hear about the Summit?” line.” 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Food Tank is seeking 100 volunteers for this event. Volunteer shifts typically last 3-4 hours and run from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm on the day of the event. Interested volunteers should email vanesa@foodtank.com and cc michael@foodtank.com with their resume and hours of availability on both 3/17 (all day) and 3/16 (for an evening volunteer orientation). 

Volunteer and Participate in RECYCLEMANIA (Feb 4-March 31)!

RECYCLEMANIA has begun! For the 2nd year, SU is participating in the eight-week tournament between colleges and universities to reduce Campus waste. Following a 12th place debut last year, SU hopes to move up into a top spot this year! 

  1. ATTEND or sign up HERE to VOLUNTEER at any of the following events:
    • Weigh the Waste: 11:30am-1:30pm, Thursday, February 22nd. (Cherry Street Market)  
    • Garbology Episode III:  Revenge of the Compost: 9am-2pm, Thursday, March 8th. (LEML Plaza, Quad in front of Lib)Help sort through the waste that SU sends to the Cedar Grove composting facility each day. 
    • Food Tank Summit:  9am-5pm, Saturday, March 17th. (Piggot)
    • 7th Annual Community Recycling Day: 7am-1pm, Wednesday, March 21st. (Bellarmine Turnaround). For a full list of accepted items, see here.

For more information about the events and to track our progress during the Recyclemania competiton, visit www.seattleu.edu/recyclemania.



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