Resource for Teaching Environmental Justice

Seattle University just unveiled a brand-new resource on teaching environmental justice! Last year, the University’s Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability supported Environmental Studies professor Dr. Trileigh Tucker and her exploration of the teaching of environmental justice around the country. The result is a robust resource, highlighting syllabi, unique classroom and field exercises, popular teaching texts, and a searchable database connecting themes to resources. This compilation was designed with the intention of helping others integrate environmental justice into their courses, and with the hope that it will enhance others’ teaching experiences.

See the teaching resource here.

Student Environmental Activities at Seattle University

Happy Earth Day!  Check out the news below to learn about the creative ways Seattle University and its Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability are engaging students – through residential communities and friendly competition!

The Earth and Society Learning Community – One of the university’s newest learning communities is called “Earth and Society.” Its members explore the intersections between their career paths and issues facing Earth, recognizing their role in guiding society toward a more sustainable future. Learn more here.

EcoChallenge 2015 – Weekly Prizes! – The Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability is hosting the second annual EcoChallenge! Students organize themselves into teams of three, then try out challenging but attainable new habits over four weeks, have fun, and learn about their personal obligation to commit to sustainability practices. Participating makes students eligible to win weekly prize drawings. The activity started on April 7; learn more about EcoChallenge here.

ACCU members recognized for interfaith, economic opportunity, and education

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll was released in December, and again ACCU members made a very strong showing. This year, in addition to being listed on the general honor roll, ACCU members were recognized in three specialized categories: interfaith, economic opportunity, and education.

A total of 93 ACCU members were recognized this year on the General Community Service Honor Roll, including 14 on the honor roll “with Distinction.” This is 47.2 % of all ACCU members and 14% of all the U.S. colleges and universities on the honor roll. Catholic colleges and universities make up just 5% of degree-granting colleges and universities in the United States.

Four additional ACCU members were recognized in three specialized categories, bringing the total number of ACCU members recognized to 97 – or 49.2% of all ACCU members. Achievement in these three specialized community service recognition categories demonstrate impressive results:

– In the Interfaith category, 21 of 93  (22.6%) of the schools recognized were ACCU members (Seattle University was classified as a finalist; Loras College was earlier recognized as outstanding in the category).

– In the Economic Opportunity category, 12 of 83 (14.5%) were ACCU members.

– In the Education category, 35 of 194 (18.0%) were ACCU members (Loyola University of Chicago was recognized as a finalist).

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Seattle University gains Fair Trade University status

Seattle University is the first university in the northwestern United States to achieve Fair Trade University Status, as designated by the Fair Trade Campaign. After a long process of planning and implementation, Seattle University has pledged to maintain the presence of fair trade products in their dining halls, offices, campus stores, and at events. The university will also host ongoing educational programs about fair trade and economic justice, including both one-time events and curriculum implementations. Read the full story and learn about their celebration here.

15 ACCU member institutions have now achieved Fair Trade University Status.  Stay tuned for a new resource showcasing fair trade involvement on Catholic campuses in February!

Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons

Just sutainabilityAugust 7 – 9, 2014

Seattle University, WA

 Hosted by the Seattle University Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (EJS), Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons will focus on the intimate connections between environmental justice and sustainability. Denis Hayes, co-founder of Earth Day, and Bill McKibben (via live video feed) will keynote the conference. Attendees will have a unique opportunity to connect with researchers, businesses, and communities that are bringing EJS issues to the fore of public discourse. The conference goals are to:

  • Emphasize EJS research in a wide variety of disciplines
  • Build an EJS network of Jesuit institutions
  • Inspire EJS work through the arts
  • Highlight work being done by nonprofit and government agencies
  • Foster interdisciplinary conversations, research, and teaching

For more information, visit the conference website or registration page.


Update: Jim Hug, S.J., has provided several updates from the conference via Ignatian Solidarity Network.