Events

January: Water Month

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Because Water is Life: Faculty and Staff Reading Group

When: 01/17/2019 and 01/24/2019    Time: 12:15PM-2:00PM 
Where:
  #STCN 130
Description: Honoring the work of Professor Emeritus Gary Chamberlain, who passed away this fall, the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS) and Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture are pleased to offer a discussion group of his most recent book Because Water is Life. Books and lunch will be provided, and the group will be led by Dr. Phillip Thompson, Director of CEJS and professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Dave Leigh, S.J., professor of English. To join the reading group, please RSVP by Dec. 14 to ictc@seattleu.edu.

RecycleMania Kick off!

When: 01/29/2019    Time: 11:00AM-2:00PM 
Where:
  Student Center 2nd floor, C-Street
Description: Come by and learn more about RecycleMania, the events SU will be putting on for the competition this year and ways to reduce waste! SIGN UP HERE TO VOLUNTEER 

 

February: Recyclemania Month

RECYCLEMANIA EVENT: "What Goes Where?" WASTE SORTING WORKSHOP

When: 02/05/2019    Time: 6:00PM-7:00PM 
Where:
  Student Center
Description: Ever wonder where your trash, compost, or recycling goes after you put in the bin? Bring a mug and enjoy some coco with the Seattle University Green Team for a presentation and training from Recology CleanScapes and the Seattle University Recycling Shop! You’ll find out about waste disposal and zero waste efforts across Seattle, get answers to all your questions about recycling and compost, and will learn how to incorporate zero waste practices into your everyday life. Students, staff and faculty are invited to attend and learn about recycling in Seattle and become a certified green team waste expert. Visit www.seattleu.edu/recyclemania for more information or contact Nathan Wolk, Recycling Coordinator and Compost Technician with SU Facilities, at wolknathanie@seattleu.edu.

RECYCLEMANIA EVENT: GARBOLOGY-Raiders of the Lost Recycling 

When: 02/12/2019    Time: 10:00AM-3:00PM 
Where:
  LEML Plaza (Quad in front of the library)
Description: Volunteer in a fun waste sorting event and find out what we at SU throw away in the wrong bins! Staff, faculty, and student volunteers are needed to help sort the university’s waste in this annual public waste-audit on campus. Participants sort SU's trash into recyclable or compostable materials to determine how much of the trash that SU sends to the landfill could be diverted. Any questions? Contact Nathan Wolk, Recycling Coordinator and Compost Technician with SU Facilities, at wolknathanie@seattleu.eduSIGN UP HERE TO VOLUNTEER.

WOHESC - Washington and Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference

When: 02/25/2019-02/27/2019

Where: University of Washington, Seattle

Description: From Feb 25-27, 2019, the WOHESC conference will take place at the University of Washington. This is the first time WOHESC is happening in Seattle. CEJS is a proud community partner of WOHESC. Join us and register with a CEJS discount of 30% (use code SEATTLEU). And enjoy another discount by signing up as a group (3+ people). WOHESC is a platform for inspiring change, collaboration, and collective direction related to sustainability in higher education for our region. As political, social and environmental issues become more complex, WOHESC convenes and empowers students, faculty, and staff who are driving leadership and generating solutions for a more sustainable, just and equitable future. The five content tracks of this year’s conference are: Equity & Diversity, Engagement, Academics, Operations & Facilities, and Community. Learn more at wohesc.org. Any questions? Contact Yolanda Cieters at cietersy@seattleu.edu.

March: RecycleMania Month

RECYCLEMANIA EVENT: Community Recyling Day at Seattle University

When: 03/05/2019    Time: 7:00AM-1:00PM 
Where:
  At the Bellarmine Turnaround (flagpole) -1111 E Colombia St
Description: Spring clean your home and office and bring recyclables for FREE to the SU Recycling Event on Tuesday, March 5, 2019! Items accepted include: appliances, batteries, books, confidential papers (which will be shredded), compact fluorescent light bulbs, electronics and accessories, clothing, machinery, office supplies, plastic grocery bags, Styrofoam blocks and packaging material, and toner cartridges. Do not bring chemicals, mattresses, or furniture. Staff will help unload heavy items. Hard drives and other storage devices will be wiped through a secure data destruction program. For a detailed list of what recyclables to bring, see here. For more information contact Nathan Wolk, Recycling Coordinator and Compost Technician with SU Facilities, at wolknathanie@seattleu.edu or (206) 296-6459. SIGN UP HERE TO VOLUNTEER.

April: Earth Month

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May: Bike Everywhere!

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June: Laudato Si' Month

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July

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September: Campus Sustainability Month

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October: Campus Sustainability Month

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November: Green Seattle Month

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December: Fair Trade Month

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See photos of RecycleMania events here

From February 5 - April 1, 2017, Seattle University participated for the first time in RecycleMania, a friendly competition between colleges and universities to reduce waste and improve waste diversion on campuses all over the US and Canada. Learn more at recyclemania.org.

The final results are in!

See below for a summary of the results of the competition. Seattle University is compared to sister schools and schools of similar size. Thank you to everyone for your participation and for helping make Seattle University a leader in waste diversion! You are doing the recycling and composting on campus, minimizing our landfill waste down to 30%. Keep it up!

Highlights of the competition:

  • Seattle University finished 12th out of 190 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada in the Waste Diversion Competition, with a combined recycling and composting rate of 67.53% over the eight-week period.
  • Over 1,500 pounds of electronics were collected for recycling in the month of March.
  • Over 1,200 pounds of re-usable items were collected for donation during Community Recycles Day.

What did the SU community do to help?

  • The RecycleMania kickoff, Garbology, on February 8 was a success! Volunteers went through all of the landfill trash from one day on campus and were able to divert 78lbs of recyclables and 169lbs of compostable materials from the landfill. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers and to everyone who engaged in a bit of trash-talking with us!
  • 143 students, faculty, and staff took the SU Recycles Pledge
  • Many community members collected clothes, office supplies, appliances, books, batteries, plastic bags, packaging material, and other goods and brought them to campus on March 29 for SU's Community Recycles Day. 
  • Lovely volunteers showed up for Recyclemania events such as Garbology and Community Recycles Day.
  • The Spectator, the Seattle University newspaper, published articles focused around RecycleMania:

Thank you for your support in making our campus SUstainable!

Contact Eric Elliott at elliotte@seattleu.edu with any questions.

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