Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity.- Ralph Bicknese

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Delicious Ways to Eat Seasonally


Shepherds Pie

Great, healthy dishes that include seasonal produce for March:

  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Spinach Salad
  • Lasagna Primavera
  • Roasted Root Vegetables with Chicken or Fish.
  • Freshly-squeezed Orange Juice

And in a few more weeks you can also include Rhubarb and Strawberry Pie, Garlic Asparagus, and Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. But please try to purchase your fruits and vegetables from local vendors!


Honey to Heal

ImagePro-tip: Eating just a tablespoon of local honey reduces seasonal allergies, or “hay fever.”

Though the science is inconclusive, theories suggest that honey made from nearby pollen acts like a vaccine, building up your immune system with small doses of allergens.

If Seattle’s spring pollen makes your eyes and nose watery, check out a nearby farmer’s market for minimally-processed honey.  Add its sweet goodness to your tea & coffee, baked goods, or eat it with a spoon.

A Letter to Our Readers

Dear Readers,

Welcome to our new, revamped sustainability blog! We at the Office of Facility and Project Management are proud to reveal a new blogging experience for the SPU community.

Some of you may remember our old blog posts. We loved our articles so much that we moved our older articles to this platform as well. We even made it easier to look up our past articles with our new search box, found on the right. So go ahead and browse to your hearts’ content.

And after more than two years, we are finally posting new material! Every week we will be posting at least two new posts. These will include articles about what is going on around SPU and the greater Seattle area and how you as a student can get involved in conserving our valuable resources. Other posts will be short tips to make your life easier.

Also, we encourage you to talk back to us. Do you especially like this topic and want to hear more about it? Lets us know and we will dedicate more posts to the subject. Do you disagree with something we said? Please leave a respectful comment so that we may improve.

Whatever the reason, we want to hear from You.



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Eating local: Buying to Support your Community

farm-tour-front-webWe’ve all heard about the benefits of eating organic, “green” food, but less people realize the importance of eating locally-produced fare. Economically and environmentally, supporting local businesses remains important.

Buying from neighboring companies not only reduces pollution outputs, but it also strengthens the merchants in your area. And with farmland rapidly disappearing all across America, the importance of supporting small farmers, growers, and artisans has never been greater.

Although consuming enough fresh food often poses a challenge for students, a lot of wholesome local food is within easy access in the SPU campus and its surrounding boroughs. One of the benefits of living in the Seattle is this abundance of great places to buy locally-grown produce year-round, and I encourage students to take advantage of it.