President’s Committee for Sustainability

The President’s Committee for Sustainability (PCS) was convened in March 2011 to:

  • Implement the Seattle University Climate Action Plan
  • Provide a means of integrating sustainability initiatives across the Seattle University community

The committee includes faculty, staff and students from all areas of campus. Committee contact person: Professor Greg Magnan at

Subcommittee 2017-2018 Objectives

Four sub-committees are making progress toward achieving our Climate Action Plan goals:


Goal - Educate all students about climate change and sustainability in the classroom

  • Assess and evaluate sustainability-focused and sustainability-related courses and scholars doing sustainability research in each of the 8 colleges.

Co-Curricular Programs

Goal  - Educate all students about climate change and sustainability in co-curricular programs

Co-curricular programs include student activities, housing and residence life, commuter and transfer student services, leadership development and many more. 

  • Develop and implement measurable learning outcomes focused on sustainability within co-curricular programs.
  • Develop and implement guidelines for organizing and implementing sustainable events on campus using the Green Meeting and Event Planning Guide and Checklist. 


Goal- Eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from operations and transportation

  • Advise on strategies to reduce emissions from buildings, campus vehicles, air travel, commuting and waste combined 12% by 2020 and 51% by 2035 as compared to 2009.

Marketing & Communications

Goal - Share our sustainability knowledge and expertise

  • Communicate progress toward meeting Climate Action Plan goals, new sustainability initiatives and best practices to campus members and the general public. 
  • Pilot a green office program to help offices and departments use resources efficiency, reduce waste and save money.

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