Center for Environmental Justice & Sustainability

The Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability’s (CEJS) mission is to inspire care for our community through the research and practice of environmental justice and sustainability.


CEJS seeks to educate and develop leaders for a more just and sustainable world by:

  • Engaging students in experiential learning through sustainability projects with Washington Middle School, the Seattle Rotary Boys and Girls Club and in Haiti, Thailand, and Peru 
  • Actively involving students with on-campus sustainability projects
  • Advancing knowledge of environmental justice and sustainability through student research
  • Providing experience as a sustainability professional through internships at CEJS 
  • Promoting climate action and environmental justice through co-curricular on-campus activities and engagement with community partners

By supporting CEJS, donors will inspire people to personally care for the commons, support professional formation through collaborative environmental justice and sustainability projects, and prepare tomorrow’s leaders for a just, humane and sustainable world.


"Working at CEJS has not only allowed me to make a difference at SU, but has empowered me as a student and connected me to the interworkings of the campus community. Through CEJS I was able to work with staff, faculty, and other students to realize campus climate goals while deepening my personal and professional experience. CEJS defined my experience at Seattle University by allowing me to utilize my passion for sustainability to actualize positive campus change." - Jennifer Symonds, CEJS intern AY2018-2019


“The Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability has had an immense impact not only on my collegiate experience at Seattle University but my life trajectory. I entered college without a purpose in mind but a sense of helplessness at all the horrible news stories and climate devastation developing around me. CEJS gave me a sense of purpose to not succumb to what is easiest but to instead have the courage to believe that the world can improve. Being a Sustainability Representative with CEJS' guidance taught me the importance of grassroots environmental activism and the power of turning community relations to activist movements.” - Taylor McKenzie, Sustainability Student representative in residence halls 2018-2019



Every Gift Matters.
$50 provides supplies for the aquaponics project at WA Middle School
$100 supports a student's participation in a sustainability conference
$250 supports peer-to-peer, student-led sustainability education initiatives
$500 supports open access publication of SU faculty sustainability research
$1,200 supports a CEJS student internship 
$2,000 supports a CEJS student research fellowship
Board of Regents Match: SU Fund
Thank you to the Board of Regents for their generous match that resulted in $10,410 for the SU Fund!
$10,410 MATCHED
Center for Environmental Justice & Sustainability Match
All gifts made to the Center for Environmental Justice & Sustainability (CEJS) will be matched dollar for dollar up to $2,500 total, thanks to an anonymous donor.
$1,995 MATCHED
New Donor Match
Thank you to the Alumni Board of Governors who sponsored a $1,119 match for first time donors!
$1,119 MATCHED
Parents and Guardians Gift Challenge
Thanks to the generosity of our Redhawk Parent and Family Leadership Council, a challenge gift of $2,700 to the Catalyst Fund for Student Success and Engagement will be unlocked after 100 parents/guardians make a gift to any area during Seattle U Gives. The Catalyst Fund empowers Student Development staff to strengthen existing programs and respond with innovative initiatives to help meet students’ social, intellectual and spiritual needs. Examples are the Emergency Needs Fund for our most financially challenged students and the Food Pantry for students experiencing food insecurity.
100 / 100 Gifts
Affinity Giving
Giving by relationship to Seattle U
What is your relationship to SU?
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Friend of the University 525
2 Alum 519
3 Parent/Guardian of Student 445
4 Current Student 367
5 Faculty/Staff 291
6 Parent/Guardian of Alum 121
7 Current Faculty or Staff 88
8 Retired Faculty or Staff 12
Area Giving
Gifts by Seattle U college, area or initiative
Rank College, Area or Initiative Gifts
1 Men's Soccer 259
2 Track and Field & Cross Country 204
3 Women's Soccer 189
4 Softball 164
5 Center for Community Engagement 164
6 Spirit Squad 148
7 Women's Rowing 120
8 Men's Basketball 119
9 Men's and Women's Swimming 114
10 Red Winged Leadership Award 76
11 Men's and Women's Golf 71
12 School of Law 71
13 College of Arts and Sciences 68
14 Center for Science and Innovation 57
15 SU Fund 57
16 Indigenous Peoples Institute 54
17 Baseball 50
18 Women's Basketball 48
19 Volleyball 48
20 Albers Accounting Lab 47
21 Annual Scholarship Fund 47
22 Fostering Scholars 47
23 College of Nursing 46
24 RAMP-up 45
25 College of Education 44
26 Mens and Women's Tennis 42
27 Redhawk Club 33
28 Office of Multicultural Affairs 32
29 Sports Medicine & Strength and Conditioning 26
30 Center for Environmental Justice & Sustainability 22
31 Wellness and Health Promotion 20
32 KXSU 102.1 FM 18
33 Women of SU Endowed Scholarship 17
34 Center for Student Involvement 16
35 SU Youth Initiative Scholarship 13
36 School of New and Continuing Studies 12
37 STEM Diversity Fund 10
38 School of Theology and Ministry 6
39 Seattle University Opportunity Grant 6
40 Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons 3
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