Sustainability
What SU is Doing

Climate Action Plan

  • The Earth seen from Apollo 17Seattle University is a charter signatory of the American College & University President's Climate Commitment. We believe higher education must educate students and conduct research to develop the social, economic and technological solutions to reverse global warming and lead by example to reduce our campus’s operational emissions. 

    We've committed to achieving these goals in our Climate Action Plan:

    • Educate undergrad and grad students about sustainability and climate change in the classroom and in co-curricular programs, for example, student activities, housing and residence life, commuter and transfer student services.
    • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 12% by 2020 and 51% by 2035 from our buildings, solid waste, university-owned vehicles, business and athletics air travel, and commuters to campus.
    • Share our increasing knowledge and expertise on sustainability more widely through partnerships and community engagement.  

    Progress

    We've made the following progress with guidance from the President's Committee for Sustainability: 

    Academics

     Annual campus recycling event collected 8,800 pounds of electronics and metal scrapCo-curricular Programs

     Operations

    • 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from operating our buildings in 2013 as compared to 2009. This was a result of replacing the purchase of steam heat with installing a new gas boiler to heat five buildings. When the carbon offsets we purchased are factored in, the emission reduction was 83%.
    • Created an annual recycling event for campus members and our neighbors to bring their hard-to-recycle items to campus .

    Marketing & Communications

    • Lunch time discussion groups on ways to live a healthier life while improving your community’s health, the connections between our lifestyle and food choices, and the condition of the Earth have been offered 4 quarters since Spring 2012. They have attracted 65 staff and faculty.
    • www.seattleu.edu/sustainability was recreated with a new look, navigation and content