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Faculty Give Divestment Petition An Edge

Bianca Sewake, Author

May 6, 2015

UPDATE: The Academic Assembly has authorized the divestment committee to release the faculty's open letter. Click here to read the full text. More and more universities are joining the list of schools divesting from fossil fuels. While Seattle University has yet to join in, on April 22, faculty released an open letter to the school calling for dives...

Summit Stresses Environmental Justice

Bianca Sewake, Author

April 29, 2015

One hundred and twenty years ago Pope Leo XIII released an open letter addressing worker conditions that would forever shift the mission of the Catholic Church. This last Tuesday, Pope Francis shifted the Church once again, this time towards environmental justice. The Pope has spoke on not only the human impacts on climate change, but also the effects...

Taylor DeLavega • The Spectator

CEJS Talks Trash With Annual Eco-Challenge

April 15, 2015

Do you have what it takes to save the environment? At Seattle University, environmental sustainability is a focus in almost...

Nicole Schlaeppi  •  The Spectator

Woodland Park Says Adieu to Elephants

March 12, 2015

It’s about time we address the elephant in the room before it leaves. The last of the elephants at the Woodland Park Zoo...

Preservation Bill Meets Backlash

Bianca Sewake, Author

February 4, 2015

The fight for environmental protection of land has gone cold for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Republican lawmakers in Alaska are resisting President Obama’s push for preservation of most of the wilderness. The refuge in question is only a small part of Alaska. But for oil companies and politicians that are itching to exploit the many resources...

Coffee Trail

Coffee Trail

January 15, 2015

On Nov. 24, Seattle University became the first Pacific Northwest school to become a fair trade university, joining 25 others across the count...

Campus Climate Survey

Bianca Sewake, Author

January 14, 2015

Assessing the campus climate at Seattle University is a tough job, but the Task Force for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence has designed a survey for students, faculty and staff to take online beginning Jan. 20. The survey will give everyone on campus the chance to call attention to racial, sexual or other social issues they have encountered at Seattle...

Papal Encyclical

William McQuilkin, Author

January 14, 2015

During his first two years as head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has been causing a stir by bringing more progressive views to the table. As Francis prepares to release an encyclical this coming year, he is bringing focus to an issue that is at the forefront of many political discussions: climate change. Encyclicals are letters written by...

CitySoil Farm Takes Root in Renton

Darlene Graham, Author

October 9, 2014

Many people have the environmental-conservation basics down: Reusable water bottles and a bin for compost in one’s kitchen are a must. So is buying organic foods whenever possible. But terms like socially sustainable food systems, urban farming and recycled water may not necessarily be in the average person’s ecological repertoire. CitySoil Farm...

Planet or Profit? From the People’s Climate March to the Divestment Debate

October 1, 2014

Jessie Koon • The Spectator On September 21, hundreds of thousands of marchers gathered in New York City demanding swift action to save an a...

Let It Go: By Now, Glacial Melting Irreversible

Darlene Graham, Author

May 14, 2014

The liquidation of the West Antarctic ice sheet is upon us, with devastating consequences to follow. Though scientists say the remainder of the melting will occur glacially slow, two recent studies heed that the melting process that has now begun is unstoppable. “Today we present observational evidence that a large section of the West Antarctic...

Global Warming Today

William McQuilkin, Author

May 8, 2014

With the strange weather Seattlites have been experiencing this year, what with the cold snap back in early winter, the one night of snow and the weird warm but rainy reality of last week, it should come as no surprise that global warming is a fact. Not only this, global warming is affecting the planet’s weather in the present. Several papers...

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