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

Fall Quarter Gathering of Environmental Justice and Sustainability Groups at SU

When: 10/18/2018   Time: 12:30PM-1:30PM
  Boeing Room (Lemieux Library #122)
Description: These informal quarterly gatherings are meant to be a space to: share what you/your group is planning for this quarter and year; share resources; discuss how we can collaborate and support each other’s initiatives; and learn what SeattleU students and departments are doing to improve SU’s sustainability efforts. We hope to see you all on Thursday, 10/18. Don’t hesitate to contact Yolanda Cieters at cietersy@seattleu.edu with any questions.

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 Faculty Highlights

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 10:00AM
Wing Luke Museum (International District)

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.                                                                                                       

Dr. Tanya Hayes

Dr. Hayes spoke on “Environmental Justice in International Conservation: Lessons from Latin America” at Seattle Pacific University’s symposium on Environmental Justice. She and Dr. Felipe Murtinho published a paper, Communal Governance, Equity and Payment for Ecosystem Services, in Land Use Policy 79 (2018); 123-136, examining equity concerns in conservation payments to indigenous communities in Ecuador.

Contact Us

Tanya Hayes


206 296-5485


Kimberly Gawlik

Senior Administrative Assistant

206 296-5440


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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 


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