June: Set the World on Fire

Fair Trade Finals

When: Tuesday, June 6th
  Cherry Street Market
Description: Stop by the Fair Trade booth, check out the fair trade initiatives that Bon Appétit supports, and try out some free chocolate and tea samples!

May: Get Outside...Sustainably!

Neighborhood Community Service Event: Restoration at Frink Park

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017      Time: 10:00AM-2:00PM
Where: Frink Park, 480 Lake Washington Boulevard South, Seattle, WA 98144
Description: Join SU’s CEJS, SU Outdoor Recreation, and Earth Corps in an effort to protect open spaces. Help out at Frink Park by removing English ivy, an invasive plant that covers trees and results in a loss of native habitat. 20 spots are reserved for SU community, friends, and relatives. See here for a fun video on what to expect! Learn More and Register Here! RSVP requested by May 3.


April: Earth Month! 


When: April 10-28, 2017
Where: Seattle University (various locations)
Description: Have fun, care for the planet and our communities, and win great prizes! Celebrate Earth Month and participate in SU’s 4th annual EcoChallenge! The EcoChallenge is a fun 3-week event encouraging participants to make small lifestyle changes that contribute to a world of impact! The event is open to SU students, faculty, staff, and alumni. You can participate as an individual or as a team. This year's theme is "Belongings and Belonging." For 3 weeks you will be challenged to reflect on your consumption and its connection to our communities, locally and globally. 25$ worth of gifts from local businesses and SU sponsors will be awarded each week to the highest scoring participants. Learn more and Register

CEJS Spring Brown Bag Lunch - Faculty Fellows Research Presentation

When: Tuesday, April 25, 2017      Time: 12:30-1:30PM
Where: Wyckoff Auditorium (ENGR 200)
Description: Join us as CEJS Faculty Fellows Dr. Quan Le; Associate Professor, Department of Economics at Albers School of Business and Economics, and Dr. Shiny Abraham; Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering present their research. Dr. Le will discuss the collaboration of Seattle University and Nicaraguan smallholder cooperatives in bringing the Fair Trade and Organic Coffee Café Ambiental  to campus and the broader community. Dr. Abraham’s talk will focus on the use of Internet of Things (IoT) technology to build and deploy smart, connected sensors that provide continuous monitoring of air, water, and soil quality. Learn more. 

March for Science

When: Earth Day, April 22, 2017 9:45 (meet at SU Library Plaza) 10:00-1:00PM (Speakers and March)
Where: We will meet at SU's library plaza and walk together to the start of the March at the Cal Anderson park.
Description: SU students, faculty and staff: Take part in the global “March for Science” organized by the Earth Day Network. SU participants will meet at SU's library plaza, walk over to the Cal Anderson Park, and participate in the march to support science that upholds the common good and encourages leaders to create evidence-backed policy reflecting the public interest. Get connected with our community’s marchers on Facebook and read more about the event here. Contact cietersy@seattleu.edu with any questions. Want to make signs to take to the march and need cardboard or poster board? Contact Recycling Coordinator Eric Elliott at elliotte@seattleu.edu.

Seattle U Interfaith Earth Day Fair

When: Thursday April 20, 2017, 11:30-1:30PM
Where: Student Center at Seattle University
Description: Celebrate Earth Day and join us at SU's 4th Interfaith Earth Day fair. Take action at the Action Center (STCN160) and meet campus and off-campus Earth Justice organizations; Enjoy live music brought to you by KXSU and SU student performers; partake in a Mindfulness Meditation session; and participate in Interfaith Earth Justice conversations (STCN Hearth). The event is sponsored by Seattle University's School of Theology & Ministry, Campus Ministry, Earth Ministry, Washington Interfaith Power and Light, Eco Sangha, KXSU, and the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability.

Tour the Bullitt Center

When: Thursday, April 20, 9:30-10:00AM and 4:00-4:30PM
Where: The Bullitt Center
             1501 East Madison Street
             Seattle, WA 98122
Description: Did you know that the greenest, most energy-efficient commercial building in the world is located just a few blocks away from SU campus? SU's Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability is housed in the Bullitt Center and will host two tours of the building on Thursday, April 20. Learn more and RSVP here.


March: Water for All

Community Recycles Day

When: 7:30AM-1:30PM, Wednesday, March 29
Where: Seattle University flagpole (between Bellarmine and Sullivan Hall)
Description: Clean out your closets and bring in your recyclable and reusable items (appliances, batteries, electronics, clothes, plastic bags, packaging,...) to the SU flagpole for a FREE pick-up by SU's Recycling. This event is open to the community! 

Built with Our Bare Hands: Concert and Art Exhibit

When: March 2, 2017
Where: Optimism Brewery
Description: Support Barefoot College in India by enjoying live music, great art, and listening to guest speaker Kim Corrigan! Corrigan worked in India on K12 education and with global issues in 2009 when she connected with Barefoot College. The school emphasizes women and sustainability by teaching them how to build solar panels! This benefit event is run by SU students and will support various clubs on campus and help with sending students Raenna Pittman and Caitlin Mitchell to help implement projects in India. Contact Raeanna Pittman at pittman3@seattleu.edu for more information.

February: RecycleMania Month!

Provost's Celebration of Scholarship

When: February 28, 2017 Time: 3-5 PM
Description: Come explore the exceptional work of schools, departments, and centers of Seattle University at this year's Annual Celebration of Faculty Scholarship. The displays of scholarly materials will be set up in the 6th floor of the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons and will primarily cover works from the 2016 calendar year. For more information, contact Tara Boucher at bouchert@seattleu.edu.

Acting to Reverse Climate Change

When: February 28, 2017 Time: 12:30-1:20 PM
Where: BANN 102
Description: Michael Foster, a local climate activist who put his freedom on the line to shut down an Alberta tar sands oil pipeline in an effort to raise awareness about this the effects of climate change, will be presenting some recent scientific findings that have prompted his actions, and suggest ways for people to get involved.

CEJS Brown Bag Lunch with Cynthia Figge: Measuring Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Across Business

When: Feb 21, 2017 Time: 12:30-1:30 PM
Where: PIGT 102
Description: Cynthia Figge, Cofounder of CSRHub and EKOS International, will discuss how business professionals, academics, and financial analysts are using CSR and ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) metrics and ratings to benchmark corporate performance. She will discuss trends in corporate disclosure and reporting and the use of big data for CSR business intelligence. For more information click here

Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WAHESC)

When: Feb 16-17, 2017
Where: Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
Description: CEJS is a proud sponsor of this year's Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WAHESC). WAHESC is a regionally-focused opportunity for those teaching, working, or studying within higher education to come together and learn about sustainability in academics, operations, and research. Participants will explore ways to advance campus sustainability through the sharing of best practices, presentations on creative solutions to common challenges, and the development of regional collaborative networks. The template for submitting a proposal is here. Proposal deadline is October 14th, and selection decisions will be made by November 4th


When: February 8, 2017 Time: 9 AM-2 PM
Where: In front of Lemieux Library
Description: Volunteer at Garbology, the Recyclemania kick-off event: waste will be collected from all over campus and brought to the plaza in front of the library. Volunteers will be tabling for waste reduction, encouraging people to take the RecycleManiac pledge, and sorting recyclables/compostables from our waste stream.


When: Feb 5-April 1, 2017
Description: SU is competing in RecycleMania, a friendly competition between colleges and universities to reduce waste and improve waste diversion on campus. SU will participate for the first time this year and we have a grand goal: Divert 80% of our Waste! Faculty, staff, and students: What can you do to support SU to reach its goal and win Recyclemania 2017?:

  • Take the RecycleManiac Pledge and be entered to win a gift card.
  • Start collecting clothes, office supplies, appliances, books, batteries, plastic bags, packaging material, and other goods: bring your items to Campus on March 29 for SU’s Community Recycles Day.
  • Spread the word: distribute the Recyclemania flyer and RecycleManiac Pledge among SU students and colleagues.

CEJS Brown Bag Lunch: CEJS Faculty Fellows Research Presentations

When: February 2, 2017 
Description: Join us for a presentation by CEJS Faculty Fellows, Valentina Zamora and Jonathan Pierce. Dr. Zamora will present her research on Corporate Social Responsibly (CSR) and investor judgment. Dr. Pierce will discuss his survey of the knowledge, behavior, beliefs and attitudes in the U.S. towards climate change.  


January: Environmental Justice Month


Watershed Discipleship

When: Jan 30, 2017 Time: 7:00PM-8:30PM
Where: Student Center 160
Description: Ched Myers will discuss a new anthology that examines the critical idea of '"watershed discipleship." this compilation of essays uses a theological and ecological approach to understand our relationship with the earth and one another. Learn More.


December: Fair Gift Giving 

Fair Trade Fair

When: Dec 1, 2016. Time: 11:30AM-6:00PM
Where: Campion Ballroom
Description: Looking for a holiday gift? Stop by at SU’s Fair Trade fair on December 1 and promote fair gift giving for the holiday season! The event is open to all, so invite friends and family! We will host vendors selling diverse products sourced both locally and globally; fair trade advocacy groups presenting information to the public; and Seattle University students selling their artwork, handmade jewelry, and other goods. Mark Dec. 1 on your calendar! Learn More.

November: Commuting to SU Month!


SU students, faculty, staff: Take SU's Campus-wide Commuting Survey!

When: Nov 1-28, 2016 
Description: Seattle University’s Department of Transportation and the Center for Environmental Justice (CEJS) launched a campus-wide commuting survey on November 1st for all students, faculty, and staff. It is a brief survey, and will only take 5-10 minutes to complete. 


Recycling Energy

When: Nov 15, 2016 Time: 12:30PM-1:20PM
Where: Wyckoff Auditorium
Description: Have you noticed the bubble buildings that have 'popped' up downtown on Westlake and Lenora? These buildings are equipped with a system to harvest and recycle energy, and are linked common thermal network to reduce both energy consumption and its carbon footprint. Come listen to the designers of the as they iconic triple-globe project, and their commitment to the green vertical expansion of the Seattle tech industry! Learn more about Recycling Energy.


CEJS Brown Bag Lunch: Faculty Fellow Research Presentations

When: Nov 1, 2016 
Description: Join us for a presentation by CEJS Faculty Fellows: Dr. Efird will discuss his ethnographic analysis of Environmental Learning Centers in Japan, China, and the U.S. Dr. Mishra will speak on how renewable energy integration in electric grids can cut electricity demand. Learn more.


October: Campus Sustainability Month


FOOD DAY: Plant-based Protein Cooking Class for SU students

When: Oct 24, 2016. Time: 7:00PM-8:30PM
Where: Redhawk Resource HUB lounge (Student Center 110) 
Description: SU students: Join Bon Appetit executive chef Christine Keff and sustainability fellow Caroline Ferguson, the  Health and Wellness CrewCEJS, and the Health and Wellness Learning Community for a FREE cooking class. In honor of National Food Day we will be learning recipes and techniques for cooking with plant-based proteins like beans, tofu, lentils, nuts, and whole grains. These are nutritional powerhouses with a much smaller footprint than meat. While we enjoy Chef Keff's dishes, we'll learn about the nutritional value of plant-based proteins and how we can make dietary choices that are gentle on the planet.


Faculty 3-in-1 Happy Hour

When: Oct 18, 2016. Time: 5:00PM-6:00PM
Where: Center for Community Engagement (in the Douglas, corner of 13th and Cherry)
Description: The Center for Community Engagement, the Institute of Catholic Thought and Culture, and CEJS are offering a joint information session where you can learn about all the faculty-related opportunities our three Centers offer in one delightful hour. Fellowships, support for community-engagement teaching and scholarship, and research opportunities will be the focus of our brief presentations. Center staff and faculty will be on hand to answer your questions and share examples of past projects. We hope you will join us!


Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum

When: Oct 11, 2016. Time: 12.30-1.20PM
Where: PIGT 102 
Description: Kevin Wilhelm, author of Making Sustainability Stick, will discuss how faculty can integrate sustainability into their courses and across disciplines. He will explore how discrete online modules can complement coursework in a way that is practical for faculty and transformational for students.