April 2020: A Digital Earth Month

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


March: RecycleMania Month

Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference

When: March 3, 8:00am - March 4, 4:00pm 
Where:  University of Oregon
The Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) is a platform for inspiring change, facilitating action, and promoting collaboration related to sustainability within the region's higher education institutions. Through conversation, workshops, and networking opportunities, the annual conference empowers participants to seek solutions in their own communities. Seattle University students get 30% off registration by using the discount code SEATTLEUCEJS20.

CANCELLED: RECYCLEMANIA: Game Day! Zero Waste Basketball 

Due to the guidance we’ve received from the university and public health agencies related to COVID-19, the Zero waste basketball game has been cancelled.

When: March 5, starts at 7:00pm 
Where:  Redhawk Center
Come and support a zero-waste athletics event! SU’s Athletic Department, Recycling Department, and Green Team—in conjunction with Recyclemania-will be hosting zero waste event to raise awareness of proper waste disposal and the zero waste efforts here on campus. We will be collecting all the waste produced from the game, sorting the materials and conducting a waste audit to see how clean each of the streams are. 

We are looking for VOLUNTEERS! Interested in helping? Sign up here

CANCELLED. RECYCLEMANIA: Garbology V 'Recycling Recovery from the Living Dead'

Due to the guidance we’ve received from the university and public health agencies related to COVID-19, the Garbology event has been cancelled. We’ll keep you informed if we decide to organize the event at a later date.

When: March 11, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Where: LEML Plaza (Quad in front of the Library)
Description: On March 11, you'll see a "mound of waste" at the Library Plaza: one day's worth of SU's waste will be collected to then be sorted by staff, faculty, and students. Have any questions about "what goes where"? Stop by and ask the experts from SU's recycling crew and student-led Green Team. Or come and help sort at this campus waste-audit. Even 5 minutes of sorting can be an educational and eye-opening moment to find out how much of SU's trash could actually be diverted from the landfill! Contact Nathan Wolk with questions at wolknathanie@seattleu.edu.

We are looking for VOLUNTEERS! Interested in helping? Sign up here

KUOW: That's Debatable 'Washington State can decarbonize in a decade'

When: March 11, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Where: Pigott Auditorium
Description: Join KUOW Live at our next That’s Debatable event. KUOW’s Ross Reynolds will moderate a lively debate on whether Washington State can decarbonize in the next decade - achieving zero emissions from our energy use. We’ll hear both sides. This is a FREE Event but requires registration. For more details, and to register click here


February: RecycleMania Month

RECYCLEMANIA: What Goes Where Workshop

When: February 5, Workshop at 12:30pm-1:30pm.
Description: Learn out about responsible waste disposal, get answers to all your questions about recycling and compost, and 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 Green Team waste expert. For more information, contact Nathan Wolk, SU’s Recycling Coordinator, at wolknathanie@seattleu.edu.

RECYCLEMANIA: Zero Waste Trivia Night

When: February 5, 6:00pm-7:00pm.
Hawksnest Bistro (STCN 3rd Floor)
Description: All SU members are welcome to join SU’s Green Team for a night of interactive trivia about responsible waste disposal in the Hawksnest Bistro. This event is fun way to test your wits around proper waste disposal and see if you truly know “What Goes Where”! Sustainability focused prizes will be awarded to the top 3 placers.

RECYCLEMANIA: Community Recycling Day

When: February 12, 8:00am-2:00pm 
At the Bellarmine Turnaround -1111 E Columbia St 
(Between Bellarmine Hall and Sullivan Hall School of Law)
Description: Get your spring cleaning done early and bring your home and office recyclables for FREE to the SU Recycling Event.

For a full list of accepted items, see hereItems accepted include: small appliances, batteries, books, confidential papers (which will be shredded), compact fluorescent light bulbs, electronics and accessories, clothing and textiles, tools, office supplies, plastic grocery bags, Styrofoam blocks, packaging material and toner cartridges. Do not bring chemicals, hazardous materials, mattresses, or furniture. Staff will help unload heavy items. Hard drives and other storage devices will be wiped through a secure data destruction program.

We are looking for VOLUNTEERS! Interested in helping? Sign uhere

EARTH MONTH Logo Competition

When: Submissions Open Until February 23, 2020
The Earth Month collective at SU is in search of an Earth Month logo to publicize the many wonderful campus events in April 2020. Submit your creation and… your design could be the new face of earth month at SeattleU!

WHAT and WHY? April 2020 will be dedicated to the celebration of the Earth! This year is special because April 22nd marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? All campus members! Are you an artist, a thinker, and/or a person with an opinion? Care about the Earth? Answered yes to any or all of the above… we need YOU!


The winning creation will be used to publicize SU’s Earth Month initiatives on social media, website, and flyers.

2020 Green-Duwamish Watershed Symposium: Climate Change Resiliency "Engage, Innovate and Change"

When: February 24, 9:00am-4:00pm 
Tukwila Community Center
Description: Join us for our 3rd biennial symposium on the Green-Duwamish Watershed as we focus on not only planning for a sustainable, but a resilient future in the era of Climate Change. As we gain a deeper understanding of the impacts of Climate Change, how we address its challenges and find opportunities will shape our region’s future. Early Bird Registration Closes January 24th! You can register here For more information, please contact info@greenduwamishwatershed.org. Sponsorship: sharon@duwamishalive.org

How the Potty Trained Us by Shawn "The Puru" Shafner 

When: February 26, starts at 7:30pm (Doors & Food @ 6:45pm)
Pigott Auditorium, 1016
Description: What if the solution to climate change, world peace, and self-love was the one thing no one wanted to talk about?
Shawn "The Puru" Shafner unearths the origins of our dis-ease through stand-up comedy. Shafner exposes how current sanitary practices threaten our health, environment, and 40% of the world still living without safe toilets. So take the plunge, join a revolution pushing for change from the bottom up, and proudly declare, “I’m a pooper!” See event details here: Potty Trained Us standup comedy.

RECYCLEMANIA: Zero Waste Teaching Kitchen 

When: February 27, 5:30pm-6:30pm 
Neighborhood Eats (C-Street Market)
Description: Join Redhawk Dining's Wellness & Sustainability Manager, Brianna Ballard, and Executive Chef, Orion Balliet, for a 1-hour cooking demonstration that allows participants to cook and learn about sustainable culinary techniques. The theme for this cooking demonstration revolves around sustainable cooking and minimizing food scraps in the kitchen.


January 2020: SUstainability in the New Decade

Energy and Climate Vision for the Future with Professor Michael McElroy

When: Tuesday, January 21, 6:00-7:00pm (reception) 7:00-9:00pm (seminar)
Reception in the Engineering Building Gallery and Seminar in Wyckoff Auditorium (Engineering Room 200)
Description: Dr. Michael McElroy, Professor at Harvard University, will be discussing climate change, the challenges we face and possible steps to take in response. The nature of this seminar will provide an insight on climate change, how this impacts our work, everyday lives and possible action steps we can take in our daily routines. Please RSVP to the following link Energy & Climate Vision for the Future via Eventbrite. Choose the Seattle University and Guests option. Your RSVP will ensure enough food and drinks for the catered event. Light fare will be served. If you have any questions, please email Natasha Malyuk at malyukn@seattleu.edu

EARTH MONTH Logo Competition

When: Submissions Open Until February 23, 2020
The Earth Month collective at SU is in search of an Earth Month logo to publicize the many wonderful campus events in April 2020. Submit your creation and… your design could be the new face of earth month at SeattleU!
WHAT and WHY? April 2020 will be dedicated to the celebration of the Earth! This year is special because April 22nd marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? All campus members! Are you an artist, a thinker, and/or a person with an opinion? Care about the Earth? Answered yes to any or all of the above… we need YOU!


The winning creation will be used to publicize SU’s Earth Month initiatives on social media, website, and flyers.

RECYCLEMANIA: Tabling at C-Street

When: January 27th-31st 12:00 PM-2:00 PM
Student Center and C-Street Market
Description: Tabling at STCN and C-Street to Kick-off RECYCLEMANIA. Come by our table and learn more about Recyclemania, the events SU will be putting on for the competition this year and ways to reduce waste.

RECYCLEMANIA: Weigh The Waste at C-Street

When: January 27th-31st throughout the week
C-Street Market
Description: How much food do we waste each day at SU? What's the impact of SU’s waste on our communities? Come and learn about Redhawk Dining and SU Recycling Department's efforts to minimize food waste from our cafes, kitchens, and around campus.

We looking for VOLUNTEERS! Interested in helping? Sign up here



Environmental Leaders Summit

When: Friday December 6th, 9am-2pm
Where: Seattle University Campion Ballroom
Description: The YMCA Earth Service Corps is inviting local teens and adults from around the Puget Sound to discuss the environmental issues facing our communities. This forum will provide opportunities to share ideas, talk with environmental professionals, and connect with your peers about the environmental topics you care about. Join community leaders and young environmentalists for a day of dialogue and discussion as we strive to create more sustainable schools and neighborhoods! There is no cost/fee to attend this event. Stay tuned for more information!

Fair Trade Finals

When: December 2-6, 2019
 Lemieux Library and C-street

  • Tuesday, 12/03 (10:00AM-11:00AM), Lemieux Library 2nd floor: Sample Cafe Vita's Fair Trade blend
  • Thursday, 12/05 (12:20PM-1:30PM), C-street: Mot Mot Coffee will be tabling and at Cherry Street
  • Friday, 12/06 (10:00AM-11:00AM), Lemieux Library 2nd floor: Sample Cafe Vita's Fair Trade blend

Description: Curious about all the tasty fair/direct trade options at SU? Stop by the booths at the Library and C-street the week before finals to try out some free samples while learning more about our fair trade vendors and how their practices make a difference! 

"Redhawks in Wonderland" Plant Sale

When: Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 11:30AM-2:30PM
Description: Food with Spirit will host their plant sale in partnership with Redhawk Dining's special “Redhawks in Wonderland” event. They will sell their plants from 11:30AM-2:30 PM. Since the plants are planted in used compostable cups, folks will also be able to decorate the “tea cups” using ribbons and markers.


November: Green Seattle Month

Green Seattle Day

When: Saturday, 11/02/2019   Time: 9AM-12PM
Where:  Maple Wood Playfield (South Seattle)
-->Meeting location on campus: Lemieux Library at 8:00AM. We’ll leave promptly at 8:00AM to catch bus #60 to Westwood Village (Madison St & Summit Ave) Note for students: check out a free Orca pass for the day at the Student Center HUB desk!
-->Meeting location off campus: Maple Wood Playfield (4801 Corson Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108) at 9:00AM 
Description: On Saturday November 2, “Green Seattle Day,” hundreds of volunteers will plant thousands of native trees and shrubs in 17 parks throughout Seattle. This annual event is organized by the Green Seattle Partnership which is now the largest urban forest restoration project in the nationJoin in the fun and have a hand in planting Seattle’s future forest! Seattle University’s Green Team, Food with Spirit, and CEJS will help out at the Maple Wood Playfield together with the Student Conservation Association (SCA). 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 will be provided. Sign up and learn more HERE (space is limited!). Any questions? Contact Hanna Lucerno (SU Green Team) at luceroh@seattleu.edu.

Capitol Hill Eco District Public Life Count

When: November 5 (8am-4pm) & November 9 (12pm-8pm)
Where: 12th Avenue Arts in the Pike/Pine Room on the 2nd Floor
Collect data about how folks move through and linger in public spaces to better understand how the community uses them. This data will inform an equitable planning process that will holistically shape active, safe, and well-connected public spaces on Capitol Hill. Click here to sign up for a 3 hour shift. 

Live Interview With The Dalai Lama

When: Sunday, Nov 10   Time: 6:30pm 
Where:  PIGT Auditorium
Join a live 90-minute streaming interview with the Dalai Lama. The meeting will consist of a live, facilitated discussion on the topic of cultivating compassionate leadership in the next generation as a part of 
Compassion 2020.

Center for Science and Innovation Sustainability Forum

When: Thursday, Nov 14   Time: 12:30-1:30pm 
Where:  PIGT Auditorium
Please join us to learn more about the sustainable design features of the CSI new building.

October 2019: Campus Sustainability Month

Meet the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS) at SU's Involvement Fair 

When: 10/01/2019   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--Environmental Science Department

When: 10/01 and 10/08   Time: 12:30PM-1:20PM
  ENGR 307
Description: The Environmental Science program will be holding student-led brown-bag lunchtime talks in Engineering 307 on the first two Tuesdays of the 2019 Fall quarter (October 1 and 8). These events will bring students and faculty together to discuss summer experiences that relate to environmental issues or outdoor activities. The sessions are intended to provide an informal setting in which you will strengthen connections with like-minded students and hear about upcoming opportunities. Students and faculty are welcome to bring a few photos to share with the group. If you’d like to share, please simply show up on Tuesday with your photos (USB or Google Drive work well). Or, write Dr. Wes Lauer lauerj@seattleu.edu to be put on the schedule. All are welcome to listen and/or share. Food will be provided.

Food with Spirit Community Dinner

When: 10/02   Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM
  YOBI Residence 2nd floor kitchen
Description: Food with Spirit will be hosting a community dinner on Wednesday October 2nd. This will be a great opportunity to get to know your fellow gardeners on campus. Dinner will be taking place in the second floor kitchen of the Yobi residence. Cooking starts at 6PM. The featured crop for this dinner is figs! RSVP on the Food with Spirit Connect SU page if interestedThese dinners will repeat weekly, with a new crop featured every week.

Peace Pole Garden Party

When: 10/12   Time: 1:00PM-3:00PM
  Peace Pole garden (in front of Student Center)
Description: There is an upcoming garden work party in the Peace Pole Garden, located directly in front of the Student Center. We will be planting some cold-weather crops, preparing the garden for winter and potentially harvesting some sunflower seeds.

Superfood Specialty Dish

When: 10/15   Time: 11:00AM-2:00PM
  Neighborhood Eats
Description: This month is all about pumpkin! Do you know all the nutritional benefits or all the amazing ways you can prepare pumpkin? Visit Neighborhood Eats to taste this specialty superfood dish for dinner!

National Food day: Local Market Thursday

When: 10/24   Time: 11:00AM-2:00PM
  Neighborhood Eats
Description: Value local products? Redhawk dining does too! Stop by Neighborhood Eats to taste a specialty dish that is made completely out of local ingredients. If you love the dish as much as we do, you can fill your basket up with local produce to create it again at home. Don’t forget your reusable bag!

The Future of Food: A Lunch Hour Event with Author Timothy Wise

When: 10/29   Time: 12:30PM-1:20PM
  Bannan 102
Description: The Environmental Studies program in conjunction with the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS) will be hosting a discussion with author Timothy Wise on his new book "Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, family farmers and the battle for the future of food." As Director of the Land and Food Rights Program at Small Planet Institute and senior research fellow at Tufts University's Global Development and Environment Institute, Wise has researched farm policy and agricultural development in Mexico, Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, and India. He will share his insights with us on family farming and feeding the world in the context of climate change. More information on Timothy Wise can be found here and a copy of the ebook can be reached by faculty, staff, and students Click HERE to see the flyer for the event!  Refreshments will be provided by Redhawk Dining. Any questions? Contact Yolanda Cieters at cietersy@seattleu.edu


September 2019: Welcome Week


When: 09/20/2019    Time: 12:00PM-1:00PM 
Description: On Friday, Sept. 20, millions around the world are joining student climate strikers demanding climate justice. 09/20/2019 is slated to become the biggest day of climate action in the world’s history. Learn more about the youth-led global demonstrations and why this moment is so vital in this article by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

In Seattle, Friday will mark a full day of youth-led action, including a peaceful march to City Hall, organized by a broad coalition of youth and adult organizations. For more information about the Friday events in Seattle, see here.

Seattle U members: If you’d like to join a group of faculty and staff for this important event and show solidarity across generations, please join the  and the  at the reflection pool at the Chapel of St. Ignatius 11:40  a.m. on Friday. The group will then walk to Cal Anderson Park to join the march, which starts at noon. Please contact Yolanda Cieters at cietersy@seattleu.edu with any questions.

Part of Welcome Week: "Trash Talk" at C-street

When: 09/23-09/27   Time: 12:00PM-2:00PM
Description: Wondering "what goes where" when you hit the waste bins? Stop by at C-street during Welcome Week at lunch hour (12:00PM-2:00PM) and meet CEJS (Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability), EcoRep, and Recycling Shop volunteers to talk trash. We'll give you a quick "waste sorting 101" on the spot! Any questions? Contact Yolanda Cieters at cietersy@seattleu.edu.