May: Bike Everywhere Month

Crosscut Festival

When: 05/03-04/2019    Time: Multi-day Event
  Various locations at Seattle University
Description: Crosscut presents two days of thought-provoking conversations and innovative thinking, tackling the most important issues of our times. Journalists, politicians, authors, and newsmakers from our community and around the nation come together to take a hard look at the people, policy and events that shape our lives. A very limited number of free tickets to the Crosscut Festival are available from CEJS. Example presentations from the full program include: Former EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman will be talking climate change and public policyApocalypse Now will be a discussion on the IPCC report indicating devastating effects of climate change are likely to be felt by 2040. , Creative Community & Climate will spotlight artwork that is translating our changing world, WA to do about wildfires will be a fascinating exploration of what we can do to lessen the devastation of wildfires, and Bridging the Partisan Divide asks: can we come together on environmental policy?

Bike Everywhere Day at Seattle University

When: 05/17/2019    Time: 7-9AM
  12th and E. Columbia
Description: Seattle University will have a celebration station for Bike Everywhere Day. For more information or to help volunteer contact Whitney Wedge @ edgew@seattleu.edu


April: Earth Month

Please see here for the many events organized during Earth Month at Seattle University.


Febuary: Recyclemania

RECYCLEMANIA EVENT: Community Recyling Day at Seattle University

When: 03/05/2019    Time: 7:00AM-1:00PM 
  At the Bellarmine Turnaround (flagpole) -1111 E Columbia 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 full list of accepted items, 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.


When: 03/11-15/2019    Time: 12:30PM-1:30PM 
  C Street Waste Bins
Description: SU has reached a serious point in the state of its recycling. We simply need to take action and educate our campus community in an effort to reduce our recycling contamination to <10% as soon as we  can. An audit from the Student Center recycling Compactor (which collects recycling from the kitchens and dining areas) indicated a contamination rate of over 10% meaning…the compactor's recycling will be sent to the landfill! During the week of March 11- 15th at lunchtime (12:30pm-1:30pm), we will need 2 volunteers each day to stand near the waste bins in C-Street, to "talk trash" and provide a brief "Recycling 101". Volunteers will receive notes on waste sorting beforehand. Sign up to volunteer here!


RECYCLEMANIA EVENT: GARBOLOGY IV-Raiders of the Lost Recycling

When: 02/19/2019    Time: 10:00AM-3:00PM 
  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.

Tabling with Seattle Public Utilities

When: 02/22/2019    Time: 12:00PM-2:00PM 
  Student Center, 2nd floor at C-street
Description: This tabling event, cohosted with Seattle Public Utilities, is meant to raise awareness of the conditions of SU's recycling stream and educate the campus community on proper recycling. Help spread the word on how to save SU's recycling by putting the right stuff in the right bins, making sure all recyclables are reasonably EMPTY, CLEAN and DRY, and NOT recycling styrofoam, plastic films/bags, food waste, packaged foods, food soiled paper, liquids, e-waste or textiles in the blue bin here on campus!

WOHESC - Washington and Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference​

When: 02/25/2019-02/27/2019  
  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.


When: 02/26/2019    Time: 6:00PM-7:00PM 
  Pigott 203
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  for more information or contact Nathan Wolk, Recycling Coordinator and Compost Technician with SU Facilities, at wolknathanie@seattleu.edu.

January: Water Month

Because Water is Life: Faculty and Staff Reading Group

When: 01/17/2019 and 01/24/2019    Time: 12:15PM-2:00PM 
  #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 2019 Kick off!

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

December: Fair Trade Month

Fair Trade Finals

When: December 10-14, 2018
  Various locations on SU Campus

  • Dec 11, Tuesday – Cherry Street Market 
    Free samples of Guayaki Yerba Mate
  • Dec 12, Wednesday – Cherry Street register stands
    Free samples of Theo Chocolate
  • Dec 13, Thursday – Hawks Nest Bistro 
    Free samples of Stumptown Coffee and "Coffee chat" with Stumptown's Coffee Educator
  • Dec 14, Friday – Bottom Line (11:00AM-2:00PM)
    Free samples of Cafe Vita coffee

Description: In need of a coffee, thee, or chocolate refill during Finals week? Stop by the Fair Trade booths at C-street, The Hawk's Nest, and the Bottom Line. Learn about Fair Trade from Redhawk Dining and its vendors... and try out some free samples!

November: Green Seattle Month

Green Seattle Day

When: 11/03/2018   Time: 9AM-12PM
  Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetland

-->Meeting location on campus: Lemieux Library at 8:00AM. We’ll be taking King County Metro bus 7 (S Jackson St & 12th Ave S at 8:23AM) to Rainier Beach (S Henderson St & Rainier Ave S)
-->Meeting location off campus: Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetland at 9:00AM

Description: On November 3, “Green Seattle Day,” hundreds of volunteers will plant thousands of native trees and shrubs in 15 parks throughout Seattle. This annual event is organized by the Green Seattle Partnership which is now the largest urban forest restoration project in the nation!

Join in the fun and have a hand in planting Seattle’s future forest! Seattle University’s Green Team and CEJS will help out at the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetland together with the Tilth Alliance. All community members are welcome, no experience is necessary. The event is family friendly and open to all ages. Tools, gloves, plants, coffee, snacks, and instruction are provided. Sign up and learn moreHERE (space is limited!). Any questions? Contact Hanna Lucerno (SU Green Team) at luceroh@seattleu.edu or dirksj@seattleu.edu.

Does the federal government’s response to Climate Change violate the Constitution?

A Q&A with Kiran Oommen (SU student and Juliana vs. U.S. plaintiff), Prof. Michael Mayer (School of Law), and Frances Zars (Editor in Chief-Seattle Journal of Environmental Law)

When: 11/13/2018    Time: 12:30PM-1:30PM
  School of Law, room #C6
Description: #youthvgov is the viral hashtag for the constitutional climate lawsuit being brought by 21 youth plaintiffs against our federal government. The young plaintiffs claim that the federal government’s actions and inaction in the face of climate change are a violation of fundamental constitutional rights. Young people will be dealing with severe climate change disasters during the prime of their lives, making the age of these plaintiffs a crucial part of their case. Join us for a Q&A with Kiran Oommen (SU student and Juliana v US plaintiff), Prof. Michael Mayer (School of Law), and Frances Zars (Editor in Chief-Seattle Journal of Environmental Law) to explore the constitutional issues at stake and how this youth-driven legal activism seeks to secure the right to a stable climate and healthy atmosphere. This event is co-sponsored by the Seattle Journal of Environmental Law, CEJS, and EVST. Any questions? Contact Yolanda Cieters at cietersy@seattleu.edu.

REDEFINING PROSPERITY: A Film Screening and Conversation with Award-winning Filmmaker John de Graaf and GRIST CEO Brady Walkinshaw

When: 11/27/2018    Time: 7:00PM-9:00PM (Doors open at 6:15PM; Film screening at 7:00PM; Q&A/panel with Filmmaker and GRIST at 8:00PM-8:45PM)
  ENGR 200 - Wyckoff Auditorium
Description: Join us for a screening of the film REDEFINING PROSPERITY: THE GOLD RUSHES OF NEVADA CITY, showing how the fight to save a beautiful river led a small town to sustainability. The film will be followed by a discussion with award-winning filmmaker John de Graaf and GRIST CEO Brady Walkinshaw. This event is co-sponsored by GRIST and  (CEJS). View poster for John De Graaf film event here.

October: Campus Sustainability Month

Part of Welcome Week: Meet the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS) at SU's Involvement Fair 

When: 10/02/2018   Time: 11:00AM-2:00PM
  SU Quad
Description: Are you interested in interning with CEJS, learning about sustainability at SU, or participating in environmental justice and sustainability events? Visit the largest club event of the year, the Fall Involvement Fair (sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement-CSI) and stop by at the CEJS booth with your questions!

Environmental Lunchtime Talks 

When: 10/02, 10/09, and 10/16   Time: 12:30PM-1:20PM
  ENGR 307
Description: The Environmental Science program will be holding student-led brown-bag slideshows in Engineering 307 on the first three Tuesdays of the 2018 Fall quarter (October 2, 9, and 16). These events will bring students and faculty together to discuss summer experiences that relate to environmental issues or outdoor activities. The talks will provide ideas that you can use to help plan your own summer experiences. They also provide an opportunity to discuss other opportunities related to environmental science, including the new ENSC minor. Please join us. Contact Dr. Wes Lauer at lauerj@seattleu.edu for more details.

Sustainability Soccer Game

When: 10/07/2018   Time: 5:00PM-8:00PM
  SU Soccer Field
Description: Join the Green Team and be a peer educator and help people sort their trash by playing Trash Pong and the Wheel of Waste! We’ll meet at the soccer field shortly after 5pm. (Honestly it’s a fun way to watch a soccer game and chat while playing fun games!) Bring a warm coat! Set up will start at 4:30PM, game starts at 6PM.

Food With Spirit Campus Tours

When: 10/10-12/2018   Time: TBA
Where:  Peace Pole Gardens (in front of Student Center)
Description: If your first week of classes has left you with any energy/will power at all, we invite you to come check out the gardens that SU has to offer! Join Food With Spirit, SU's food justice and gardening club. Sign up for a time that works for you here

Winter Gardening Workshop

When: 10/17/2018   Time: 4:00PM-5:00PM
  Broadway Gardens (Broadway and E. Columbia intersection)
Description: Come visit the edible garden for a workshop on how to put gardens to bed for winter and cover crop methods. Workshop will be led by Tilth educator Selena Ligrano. 

Fall Quarter Gathering of Environmental Justice and Sustainability Groups at SU

When: 10/18/2018   Time: 12:30PM-1:30PM
  Boeing Room (Lemieux Library #122)
Description: These informal quarterly gatherings are meant to be a space to: share what you/your group is planning for this quarter and year; share resources; discuss how we can collaborate and support each other’s initiatives; and learn what SeattleU students and departments are doing to improve SU’s sustainability efforts. We hope to see you all on Thursday, 10/18. Don’t hesitate to contact Yolanda Cieters at cietersy@seattleu.edu with any questions.

Sustainable Student Action Kick off Meeting

When: 10/25/2018   Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

Where:  Casey Atrium
Description: Join SSA for their first event of the year. They will explain their involvement as students, why they pushed for divestment, and principles of environmental justice. They would like to hear from you and the larger to community to see what the club should focus on as they move forward. Light snacks will be provided. Please come to learn more and show your support! 

Wildfire Math Department Colloquium

When: 10/25   Time: 3:45PM-4:45PM
  BANN 401
Description: The Math Department is hosting a talk on "Statistical Methods to Expand Understanding of the Effectiveness of Fuel Reduction Treatments at Modifying Wildfire Severity" given by UW's Asst. Prof of Quantitative Fire Ecology, Maureen Kennedy. She will discuss experimental design and statistical methods that improve our ability to explain fuel treatment effectiveness, with the ultimate goal to improve fuel treatment design for multiple forest management objectives. For additional information contact McLean Sloughter: sloughtj@seattleu.edu

September: Campus Sustainability Month

Welcome Week: Meet the Green Team at C-street

When: 9/24/2018 - 10/05/2018    Time: 12:00PM-1:00PM
  C-street dining area
Description: Meet the Green Team student club and have some "trash talk." Where do cups, plates, utensils, and wrappers go? Ask the Green Team and get involved! Want to help out and volunteer during Welcome Week? Sign up here.

Welcome Week: Meet CEJS at "Root Beer, Resumes & On-Camps Jobs Fair"

When: 9/24/2018    Time: 12:00PM-2:00PM
  Library Plaza
Description: Meet the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS) and learn about internship opportunities with our "funtastic" team!


Special Olympics USA at Seattle University

When: July 1-6, 2018
Where: Various locations on SU Campus
Description: The 2018 Special Olympic USA Games will be hosted in Seattle, making this the biggest sporting event to hit the Seattle area in more than 25 years. Seattle University is one of the SOUSA venues and will welcome 260 athletes, 1,000 family members, and 2,000 spectators to campus for the Games. The Special Olympic's sustainability team has the ambitious goal of making this the first Carbon Neutral Special Olympics USA Games! Volunteers are needed for positions such as team hosts, Green Team support, volunteer support, and more. Want to volunteer for SOUSA at SU? Please contact Kaily Serralta at serralta@seattleu.edu. 

CEJS workshops at Innovation for Sustainability Conference

When: July 22, 2018
Where: STCN 160 and Boeing Room (SU campus)
Description: On Sunday, July 22, 2018, CEJS, Sustainable Business Consulting, and the Duwamish Alive Coalition are organizing two Environmental Justice and Sustainability workshops as part of the "Innovation for Sustainability" conference

Registration for the workshops is open to all. Tickets are free for IAJBS attendees and SU members; $10 for non-SU students; and $30 for professionals. Email cietersy@seattleu.edu with any questions.