Climate Action Plan

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Seattle University is a charter signatory of the American College & University President's Climate Commitment. We believe higher education must educate students and conduct research to develop the social, economic and technological solutions to reverse global warming and lead by example to reduce our campus’s operational emissions. 

We've committed to achieving these goals in our Seattle University's Climate Action Plan 2010-2035 v1.2:

  • Educate undergrad and grad students about sustainability and climate change in the classroom and in co-curricular programs, for example, student activities, housing and residence life, commuter and transfer student services.
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 12% by 2020 and 51% by 2035 from our buildings, solid waste, university-owned vehicles, business and athletics air travel, and commuters to campus.
  • Share our increasing knowledge and expertise on sustainability more widely through partnerships and community engagement.  

Progress

We've made the following progress with guidance from the President's Committee for Sustainability: 

Academics

  • The Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability was created to support interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching on environmental justice and sustainability and make Seattle University a recognized leader in these areas. CEJS serves as a clearinghouse for SU’s environmental programs and sustainability initiatives. CEJS supports Faculty and Student research through annual fellowships.

 Co-curricular Programs

  • Created a Green Meeting and Event Planning Guide
  • CEJS events (quarterly brown bag lunches, lectures, symposia, workshops, theatre, films, and other events)
  • The annual EcoChallenge challenges participants to learn, act, advocate for, and share about sustainability through a weekly theme
  • EcoReps are student representatives assigned to residence halls. They serve as the messengers between students and the Residence Hall Association on topics related to sustainability.
  • Sustainable Student Action is a club that strives to educate the community on environmental issues and to work on projects that lead to a more sustainable future. 
  • Engineers for a Sustainable World strives to build and implement environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects, while involving and training responsible engineering students and professionals.
  • Earth & Society Learning Community helps students explore the possibilities of ways to sustainably share the earth.
  • Sustainability tours on campus
  • Bullitt Center tours provided by CEJS
  • The two-monthly New Hire Orientation covers information about sustainability on campus, the Climate Action Plan, and the work of CEJS
  • The biennial "Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons" conference 

Operations

  • Seattle University committed to work towards climate neutrality and reduce emissions by at least 12% by 2020 and by at least 51% by 2035 from buildings, solid waste, university-owned vehicles, air travel, and commuters to campus. To reach that goal, the university implemented a series of facilities improvement measures; improved the efficiency of campus vehicles and equipment; increased waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting activities; and provided commuter incentives for car/van pools, car sharing, transit, walking and biking. In fiscal year 2016, SU’s greenhouse gas emissions totaled 16,772 metric tons, that is a 25 percent reduction since 2009. SU’s GHG Inventory report can be viewed here.
  • In 2015 SU submitted its first STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System) report and obtained a GOLD rating

Marketing & Communications

  • CEJS two-yearly newsletters
  • CEJS social media pages: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram
  • Lunch time discussion groups on ways to live a healthier life while improving your community’s health, the connections between our lifestyle and food choices, and the condition of the Earth were offered each quarter between Spring 2012 and Winter 2015. 
  • www.seattleu.edu/cejs/sustainability was recreated with a new look, navigation and content

Questions?

Contact the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS) at cejs@seattleu.edu

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