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

Summer Produce!

tumblr_m986a0QSKL1ro4ea2o1_500A few months ago we discussed Seattle’s spring fare. Well now that summer is upon us, I think we need an update. It’s the best time of year for fruits and vegetables! Check out all these great options that are available at your nearby farmer’s markets: Continue reading

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How Salmon Created Seattle


Good news everyone: it’s almost salmon season! And, even better, this summer a huge wave of  pink, or humpback, salmon is coming through the Puget Sound. This upcoming event got me thinking about salmon’s presence in our culture. Though this distinctive fish is nearing dangerously low levels today, it still continues to play an important role — one that it has kept for many, many years.

Salmon have played an important part in Seattle’s history since before recorded history. Fossil evidence shows that salmon have populated the waters of Washington State for over a million years. And, remarkably, they seem to have traveled in similar migration patterns to their contemporary descendants.

Salmon play significant roles in ancient mythologies from all around the world. Irish folklore tells of a Salmon of Wisdom who grants knowledge to those who eat him. Welsh mythology calls salmon the oldest and wisest animal in Britain; one carries two of King Arthur’s knights to rescue a child-prisoner. And Norse mythology tells of Loki transforming himself into a salmon to escape the other gods, until Thor catches him by the tail. Continue reading

Easy Summer Projects

2622523It’s become the big thing on sites like Pinterest to make bun holders out of socks and glitter lamps out of glowsticks. We thought we would take this up a notch and find some creative ways to reuse common trash items. You don’t even need a trip to the craft store!

  • Start seeds inside of a hollowed-out grapefruit half, or in eggshells for smaller seeds. The containers give the seedlings nutrients, and can be planted directly in the earth when the sprouts are strong enough.
  • Turn old magazines into envelopes. All it takes are your old issues, a pair of scissors, and some tape.
  • Punch patterned holes in old (and clean!) tin cans, tie strings at the top, and place candles inside for your own lantern.
  • Turn old shirts into scarves, headbands, pet beds, oven mitts — the list goes on and on.
  • Use old baking soda and vinegar to clean the house instead of chemical products keep socks with their mates.
  • Use bread tags to separate electronic cords, label keys, and tag stemmed glasses.

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Orca Whales

seattleOrcas_ON06_1.ashx_They are a distinctive animal, unlike any other form of marine mammal. In the past few decades, Orcas have become cultural icons for Seattle. We even named our bus passes and an entire island after them. Our identification with these whales likely stems from  how fascinating these creatures are, and how lucky our city is to see them regularly.

Seattle actually has two nearby Orca populations: a transient group that migrates between California and Alaska, and a resident population that remains year-round. The Southern Resident Community, the whales we see most often in the Puget Sound,  is made up of three pods: J, K, and L. And although marine biologists worry about their future survival, it’s no secret that Seattle is rightfully proud of our local pods’ beauty and power. Continue reading

Film & Sustainability Series: The Day After Tomorrow and Climate Change


The movie that brought environmental issues to popular film — The Day After Tomorrow (2004). Though nearly a decade old, The Day After Tomorrow still reverberates in cinematic and the American psyche. This movie was one of the first blockbusters ever to center around a man-made ecological disaster.

Though it tends towards the didactic, this film greatly impacted our cultural awareness of global warming, and made the topic open for public discussion without political interference. Though The Day After Tomorrow does contain ideological points that are influenced by politics, the main concern is our impact upon the environment. Continue reading

Student Commuter Survey Results

A big thank you to all of the students who filled out our Student Commute Survey! With the information you have provided, we are able to see how Seattle Pacific University can better aid student transportation needs.

That being said, the time has come to unveil our results!

The most popular transportation method that students reported was driving in a car alone, even though 52.8% of undergraduate students live within two miles of campus. Continue reading

Reasons to Continue Biking to Work

tumblr_mn4lme6F2z1s0c08no1_500As Bike to Work Month ends, we’d like to congratulation every one who participated and biked to work in May! Whether you biked every day, or just tried it once, your contribution is appreciated.

But now that the month is almost up, we want to encourage you new bikers to keep commuting. Though we’ve covered a lot of reasons why biking is awesome, here are just a few last-minute notes to inspire Monday’s commute: Continue reading