Live Green

Green Living Guide Energy Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! Food Water

Consumption Investments 

Green Living Guide 2018

  • Learn how to easily adjust daily habits to dramatically change how you are living sustainably in SU's Green Living Guide 2018 
  • Are you an RA or living in on campus housing? Check out the Green Living Guide for Res Halls 2018  for tips on how to stay green on campus
  • See just how green your lifestyle currently is by using a Carbon Footprint Calculator which estimates how many tons of greenhouse gases your lifestyle choices create each year. Try the calculators of Carbon Footprint and The Nature Conservancy.


  • Take public transit or walk instead of driving your car, which on average emits 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year
    • Learn about how Seattle University will help pay for your ORCA pass here 
    • If you live on or near campus you can check out a ORCA pass for free from the Student Center front desk
    • The average car owner spends $9,000 on their car a year (this does not include the price of Seattle parking!), save money by opting to walk and take public transit, or take a carbon neutral Lyft when necessary. If you went car-free you would have to buy an unlimited Orca pass each month in addition to spending $651/month on ride shares like Lyft to match the amount you spend having a car
  • Take the stairs and make your heart race for sustainability!
  • Turn off and unplug your lights, computer, monitor, speakers, printer, and lights at night. Appliances plugged in but off still suck energy!
  • Launder thoughtfully: wash only full loads and use cold water, then hang them dry! The drier is the second highest energy-consuming appliance after the fridge! Read more tips on how to save energy when doing your laundry here.
  • Learn about the benefits of going solar, and learn how you can retrofit your own home by visiting Let’s Go Solar. It is easier than you think!!
  • Localize Sustainability is a web site where King County residents can calculate and improve their sustainability profile to save money, improve health, and lighten their environmental footprint.

REDUCE! REUSE! . . . and then Recycle

  • Go Strawless in Seattle and take the pledge to stop using single use plastic straws, instead make the one time purchase of reusuable straws, or try these boba friendly reusable straws
  • Not sure what to do with your batteries? Don’t just throw them away! Put them in an envelope labeled ‘SU Recycling’ and slip them into any on-campus mailbox and they will be properly taken care of!
  • We all know to use reusable grocery bags but try using reusable produce bags and reusable ziplock baggies to cut out plastic completely 
  • Repair rather then replace instead of throwing out items after they break, have them repaired. Check out DIY tutorials on youtube or get them professionally repaired.
  • Processing recyclables and compost takes large amounts of energy. A few easy ways to reduce even recyclable and compostable waste is to use reusable mugs (you get a discount at almost all coffee shops in Seattle!) and C-Street plates instead of clamshells and compostables


  • Grow vegetables for yourself, or harvest from one of the many campus edible gardens! Download the Campus Edibles Map.   
  • Join the Clean Greens' CSA (community supported agriculture) and get fresh organic vegetables delivered directly to your door that support local farms, low income families and food justice efforts as well as creating local green jobs
  • Eat meatless one day a week. If everyone in the US replaced one chicken meal with a plant-based meal once a week, the greenhouse gas emissions reductions would equate to taking 500,000 cars off the road! Learn more about the environmental benefits of a vegetarian diet here
  • Caffeinate sustainably and buy SU's MotMot coffee (previously called Café Ambiental) from the bookstore. This Fair Trade product was made possible through the efforts of Seattle University and the University of Managua, Nicaragua, working towards improving the livelihood of Nicaraguan coffee farmers. Learn more!
  • Farmers markets are not only a great way to support your local economy and reduce your ‘food miles,’ but are also a great outing to go on with your friends. The Capitol Hill Farmers Market happens right by SU on Broadway every Sunday 11am-3pm year round. 
  • Buying in bulk not only reduces your packaging waste, but also the energy used to produce and transport your groceries. A three-in-one!
  • Eat with the seasons! Learn what is currently ripe and delicious by visiting Seasonal CornucopiaLearn why here. 


  • The average American uses 100 gallons of water per day, read here about 20 ways you can reduce your water consumption 
  • Check out information on harvesting rain water in Seattle here as well as Seattle's Rain Barrel User Guide
  • Gain a better understanding of water consumption and get in touch with your water supply by learning about where and how Seattle gets its water: the Cedar River Watershed 


  • If you are going to consume, shop at thrift stores like Lifelong Thrift, Crossroads, or Goodwill before going to other stores, learn more about the benefits here
  • Visit a local reuse center such as Second UseBallard Reuse or check out Craigslist for anything from furniture to plumbing to appliances
  • Eat out responsibly and see if a restaurant serving up sustainable fare can satisfy your dinner craving. Try local minded restaurants such as Homegrown and Local 360.
  • Learn about the price of materialism in this quick video, and reconsider your wants and needs


  • The Seattle University Employees Retirement Plan includes four Socially Responsible funds. View the List of Investments.
  • Use the CSR Hub to explore environmental ratings and sustainability behaviors of major companies in North America, Europe and Asia.


CEJS Facebook