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 across disciplines to assess the social and ecological dimensions of sustainability
Gain real world pre-professional experience
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.
Gain pre-professional experience while completing a required Environmental Internship
Engage with the global classroom where you will develop knowledge of diverse cultures while viewing your own culture through a new lens
Broaden your experience through fellowships and undergraduate research
Connect with resources to aid in your career planning and job search
Explore options for graduate education and learn about schools chosen by recent SU EVST graduates
Kennedy is excited to be a part of the Naef scholars for the second consecutive academic year. She is double majoring in Environmental Studies and English Literature, with a history minor, and loves to find interdisciplinary connections in her coursework. Kennedy was nominated for the Naef Scholarship by Student Development for her work with University Recreation as a Competitive Sports Manager and Outdoor Trip Lead.
EVST senior Kasi Gaarenstroom wins spirit of SU award! On campus, Kasi is often seen helping fellow SU students navigate SU resources at the Redhawk Resource HUB Desk. As Director of Events for SU SEAC, Kasi has coordinated events including Fall Ball, Quadstock and dozens of programs each quarter. Off campus, Kasi has volunteered for the World School and the Northwest Outdoor Science School where she created a water system curriculum for 6thgraders. Way to go Kasi!
Maddie is very grateful for the opportunity to join the Naef Scholars Cohort next year! They are double degreeing in Environmental Studies and Humanities for Teaching which they hope to use in a future career in environmental education. Next year Maddie will also be stepping into the roles of Service Coordinator for Outdoor Program and Student Campus Minister for Social Justice while also continuing their involvement doing antiracism organizing with White Students Against Racism (WSAR) and being silly with D1 Improv.
Special Olympics USA at Seattle University: Volunteer Opportunities!
When: July 2-5, 2018
Where: Various locations on SU Campus
Description: The 2018 Special Olympic USA Games (SOUSA) will be hosted in Seattle. Seattle University is one of the SOUSA venues. SU folks are needed for volunteer positions such as team hosts, Green Team support, volunteer support and more. Want to volunteer? Contact Kaily Serralta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CEJS workshops at Innovation for Sustainability Conference
When: July 22, 2018
Where: SU Campus
Description: On Sunday, July 22, 2018, CEJS, Sustainable Business Consulting, and the Duwamish Alive Coalition are organizing two Environmental Justice and Sustainability workshops as part of the "Innovation for Sustainability" conference:
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 have also contributed to the strong showing. Learn more.
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.