See just how green your lifestyle currently is by using aCarbon 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 Sustainabilityis a web site where King County residents can calculate and improve their sustainability profile to save money, improve health, and lighten their environmental footprint.
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.
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!