What You Can Do


  • Campus Sustainability Resources

    • Join the Seattle U Sustainability Facebook page to be notified of what's happening at SU.
    • Sign up to receive the AASHE Bulletin, a weekly compilation of news, opportunities, resources, job postings and events related to sustainability in higher education.
    • Learn best practices from other schools via AASHE's Resources. Topics include: academics, research, co-curricular education, student organizing, operations and planning. Create an account using your Seattle University email address to access the members-only resources.
    • Search 800 case studies highlighting efforts to green the campus and the curriculum from colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. Go to Campus Ecology's sustainability database.


    • Take a  sustainability-focused class.
    • Ask your professor to accept electronic versions of papers, tests, and assignments; allow single-spacing, reduced margins, and double-sided printing for hard copy assignments; print handouts or exams on double-sided, recycled content paper.
    • Turn off the lights if the classroom has enough daylight for your needs. Turn off lights when you leave the room if it has manual switches.
    • Raise the blinds to let sunlight in when it’s cold outside and close the blinds to keep the sun out on hot days.


    • Sustainable Student Action strives to educate the community on environmental issues and to work on projects that lead to a more sustainable future. 


    • If you are physically able, open doors manually.
    • Burn calories- take the stairs.
    • Turn off your computer, monitor, speakers, printer, and lights at night. 
    • Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms.
    • Contact the Facilities Resource Center if you experience an energy issue, for example a room is too hot or cold:  296-6996,


    Meetings and Events

    • Use the Green Event Planning Guide and Checklist. Sections provide information on food choices and catering, waste reduction, communication, transportation, and post-event considerations specific to Seattle University.

    Residence Hall Room

    • Donate your unwanted clothes, food, school supplies and more at your residence hall’s Move Out collection station open Finals Week of Spring Quarter.
    • Plug electronics into a power strip so you can flip 1 switch to turn everything off and eliminate standby power consumption.


    • $100 a quarter Transit Pass covers travel between four counties.
    • Bike Commuting- Register your bike, plan a safe bike route to campus, find a map of campus bike racks, sign up for the secure, covered bike lot; rent a locker in the Student Center and use the shower.  Learn more.
    • Carpool parking permit.
    • Zipcar is a car-sharing company which rents cars by the hour. A car is reserved at a moment's notice or in advance through an online reservation. Hourly rates include gas and insurance. Leave your car at home and use the Zipcar for occasional trips. A variety of cars are parked near campus. 
    • Car2Go is a car-sharing company that provides a fleet of free-floating, Smart ForTwo cars distributed all over Seattle. Members use the car for as long as they like without committing to a specific return time or location. They can finish the trip in any authorized parking space within the car2go Home Area. By-the-minute rates include fuel, insurance, parking and maintenance. 

    Waste Reduction

    • Set your computer to print double-sided as the default. Download easy how-to instructions.
    • Bring your own mug to any campus cafe and get a 20-cent discount on hot drinks and soda.
    • Educate yourself on what materials are recyclable and compostable.     
    • Bring computers, electronics, broken equipment and much more from home to Seattle University's annual Recycling Event during Earth Week in April.


    • Drink free tap water from the campus fountains and cafes. 
    • Buy the Seattle University Think Outside the Bottle water bottle and support the clean water for Haiti project.