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


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The Commute


Almost half of SPU’s student body commutes to campus. Have you ever wondered how all of that time getting to and from campus contributes to overall student wellness and SPU’s environmental footprint? Over the last few months, we’ve collected a bit of data to find out.

In terms of happiness, studies connect commuting to lower rates of well-being, physical exercise, political activity, and life satisfaction as well as higher levels of emotional and relational stress. At the same time, some studies have found that the happiest commuters are those who walk, cycle, or take the train to work. In addition to increasing happiness, fewer greenhouse gas emissions are emitted into the environment by commuters who are able to take advantage of these options. If you’re a commuter unable to walk or cycle, consider carpooling or taking public transportation even a few times throughout the year to decrease your eco-footprint – every bit helps. Additionally, be sure to check out the resources offered by SPU’s wellness initiative! 

As far as environmental footprint goes, commuting mileage has a bigger institutional impact than one might think. In 2011, faculty and staff commuting made up 6% and student commuting accounted for 23% of our total Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions.  To continue our efforts in effectively measuring and lowering SPU’s GHG emissions, we conduct an annual Student Commute Survey. Continue reading


The Eco-Friendly Road Trip


road tripThere’s nothing like the feeling of adventure that comes with leaving home and setting off to explore different parts of the world. Similar to what nature can do, road trips have a way of reopening our minds and putting things in perspective, ridding us of the entrapped sensation that can come with doing the same things and being in the same places every day. Summer, of course, is a prime season for (drug-free) tripping, especially for us students. And given the theme of this blog, you can probably guess where I’m going with this. If you want to hit the road in the most ecologically friendly way possible, there are a few things to take into consideration. 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