Be a part of the second biennial conference “Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons” at Seattle University on August 7-9, 2016. Confronting the sustainability challenges before us calls for collaboration, exchange of ideas, and exploration of solutions by academics and practitioners across every discipline. “Just Sustainability” will provide that platform!
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The Seattle University Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS) invites papers for its second biennial conference “Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons” to be held in Seattle on August 7-9, 2016. Attendees will have a unique opportunity to connect with researchers, businesses, and communities that are bringing EJS issues to the fore of public discourse.
Seattle University Learning Communities are one of SU’s hidden treasures. All freshmen living in the dorms, as well as commuter students, are placed into communities centered on a variety of themes. Each community integrates course materials with fun activities that take learning outside the classroom.
Earth and Society is a new Learning Community. Dr. Wes Howard-Brook of the Theology and Religious Studies Department serves as its faculty director. “I wanted to make sure all students in whatever majors could recognize that their relationship with Earth, and with society, is relevant to whatever they’re studying.”
Food With Spirit: Urban agriculture meets service to others with new program launched by SU students and staff
Through spring, summer and fall of 2104 SU students delivered 40 boxes of produce to feed the homeless at St. James Cathedral Kitchen. The students grew the food themselves. Right here in SU’s neighborhood.
The CEJS will bring together scholars from a variety of fields to advance scholarship and influence policy by examining the interface between natural systems and human activities such as water use, energy and food production, transportation, recreational activities, conservation of biodiversity, restoration ecology, animal welfare, educational attainment, and by examining a host of other features of the social and political landscape that influence the human valuation and use of Earth’s goods and eco-systems.
On September 21, hundreds of thousands of marchers gathered in New York City demanding swift action to save an ailing planet. Meanwhile at SU, students continued to push for divestment. Can economists and environmentalists agree before it’s too late?
If anyone thought the divestment movement would weaken over the summer, guess again. It has proven to be the student movement that just won’t die. As the world’s climate continues to warm, the divestment campaign continues to heat up across the country. As the United Nations Climate Summit is underway, the world is assessing where it stands with Mother Nature.