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. 

Student Spotlight

Faculty Highlights

 Farmers leading livestock through mountain region

Dr. Tanya Hayes (IPS and EVST) and Dr. Felipe Murtinho (INST and IPS) recently published a paper that examines equity concerns in conservation payments to indigenous communities in Ecuador.  The paper, Communal governance, equity and payment for ecosystem services was published in Land Use Policy 79(2018); 123-136.

 Dr. Marie Rose Wong, sponsored by Town Hall Seattle, Historic Seattle, and the Wing Luke Museum, speaks about her latest book,  Building Tradition - Pan-Asian Seattle and Life in the Residential Hotels

Read more about how Chinatown's elders are being priced out of their traditional neighborhoods.

($15 – $20)
Saturday, October 27, 2018, 10:00AM
Doors at 9:00AM
Wing Luke Museum (International District)
719 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104

Historic Seattle and the Wing Lake Museum join with Town Hall Seattle to present Dr. Marie Rose Wong, associate professor at Seattle University with focuses in Asian American studies and Urban Studies. Wong peers through the lens of single-room occupancy hotels to capture the 157-year origin story of Seattle’s pan-Asian International District. Join Dr. Wong to learn about her work that layers together interviews, maps, photographs, and insights from over a decade of primary research to provide an urgent history for Asian American activists and urban planners.


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Tanya Hayes
Casey 210-05

Kimberly Gawlik
Senior Administrative Assistant
Casey 210

A Gold medal detailing the sustainability evaluation process

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.


Campus Engagement: Recyclemania Update 

This Spring, SU competed in the 2018 Recyclemania Competition for the 2nd year and took 6th place in the waste diversion category out of 170 schools across North America. The 8-week competition allows colleges and universities to track and compare their recycling and composting rates with each other. After placing 12th last year, SU increased its diversion rate from 67.5% to 78.4% which is very close to our goal of 80% diversion by 2020. Facilities Services has undertaken a number of changes to improve the University’s recycling and composting efforts, including updated signage, new bins and dumpsters. Increased participation in Recyclemania events has also contributed to the strong showing. Learn more.