Residence Education


Sustainable Seattle Guide


Ballard Farmers Market

The Ballard Farmers Market hosts a variety of street vendors and live entertainment. This farmers market is year round and stays open rain or shine. It is open Sundays from 10 AM – 3 PM.

Bullitt Center

As the world’s most sustainable commercial building, the Bullitt Center is truly a sight to see. The Bullitt Center offers tours at $5 per person where you can experience all of the sustainable design that went into the building.

Home Grown

Homegrown is a sandwich and bowl shop that is focused on reducing their environmental impact. Their food is sourced from their own certified organic farm in Woodinville and they also partner with 1% for the Planet, making them an excellent candidate for our Sustainable Seattle Guide. Beyond excellent and well-sourced food, Homegrown focuses on making their stores as low-impact as possible through technology such as energy efficient lighting, and by using reclaimed and recycled materials. If you are interested in learning more about Homegrown, you can check out their website at and even find their full impact summaries.

Hot Cakes

Hot Cakes is a dessert restaurant that offers baked molten chocolate cakes made with organic confections. Hot Cakes is partnered with and advocates for the preservation of wild and farm lands. Cakes are baked to order and are served with caramels, ice cream, etc. The atmosphere at all of the Hot Cakes restaurants are very nice and cozy. 

Eco Collective

The Eco Collective is a company that makes and sells zero waste products that range from beauty products to food to home goods. Their products are made to be reusable and sustainable. They also provide workshops to teach you more about sustainable living, such as making your own shampoo and repairing old clothes.

Frankie & Jo’s

Frankie and Jo’s is one of the premium sustainable ice creameries in Seattle. It was started by Kari Brunson who used to be a professional ballet dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet and Autumn Martin who is the founder of Hot Cakes. Their ice cream is made 100% vegan which means that all the ice cream is plant based. Instead of using milk they use substitutes like coconut, hemp, and cashew. Not only does Frankie and Jo’s focus on sustainability they also make all their own milk and ice cream bases. Their ice cream contains alternative sugars like maple and dates while also using organic sugar cane. In addition to alternative sugars and home made ice cream based Frankie and Jo’s uses other ingredients that are from certified organic farms and purveyors. Overall Frankie and Jo’s is a Seattle Local Business that is promoting sustainable eating within delicious food.

Fremont Farmers Market

This market provides an all-year, weekly spread of antiques, art, clothes, “tools and junk”, as well as your run of the mill food trucks and vendors. They are open Sundays from 10 AM- 4 PM.


With a variety of locations across Seattle, Goodwill is an excellent place to find housewares, clothing, and books in a low-waste way. It’s like shopping at Target, but the inventory rotates faster and the T-shirts have even wackier slogans. If you buy something you don’t need, no need to feel bad because the proceeds go towards social justice projects and employment opportunities. Remember that it’s stocked by donations, so if you are doing a KonMari cleanout, donate here!

Portage Bay

Portage Bay Cafe is a restaurant that serves local, organic, and sustainable food for breakfast and lunch. They serve various kinds of foods such as french toast, sandwiches, omelettes, and benedicts. Their motto is “Eat Like You Give A Damn” and their food shows that they do. 

Salt & Straw

A West Coast phenomenon, Salt & Straw is an ice cream shop that creates delicious ice cream flavors and promotes a strong local community. At each location, they partner with local businesses, like Theo Chocolate and Rachel’s Ginger Beer, to to design new flavors and strengthen the local economies. In the past, they have been recognized for their commitment to sustainability by introducing a series of ice cream flavors made from rescued foods. With an emphasis on their local and environmental impacts, Salt & Straw contributes to a healthy, sustainable community.

Theo Chocolate

The chocolate at Theo Chocolate is organic and Fair Trade. The company controls and audits all aspects of their manufacturing process. They take good care of both the land the chocolate grows on and the people who make the chocolate, rather than cutting corners to reduce costs. The store is located in Fremont, and the chocolate bars cost less than $5. They hold public hour-long tours for $10+tax.

U-District Farmers Market

Hosts over 60 local farmers and food vendors with seasonal food year round. Open Saturdays from 9 AM – 2 PM.

Union Bay Natural Area

Loved by bird watchers, UBNA features a loop path across a wetland with beautiful views. This habitat has undergone extensive restoration efforts after having been a garbage dump, and there are regular volunteer work parties happening here and at the nearby UW Farm for students who love to work outside.

Washington Park Arboretum

Jointly run by UW and the city of Seattle, the Arboretum is a park open to the public planted with trees, bushes, and flowers from all over the world. Plants native to the Pacific Northwest are also well maintained and displayed to support local wildlife and restoration ecology studies. Walking paths travel the length of the park for walkers and runners. The flowers in the spring are perfect for pictures and there’s lots of space to picnic. The park is also connected to a bike path and a wetland that stretches all the way up to the Montlake cut. Admission is free and there is a visitor center with restrooms open during the day.

Waterfront Activities Center

Rent kayaks, canoes, and rowboats! Their boat selection can accommodate a single paddler up to a group of four. Come solo, with a group of friends, or with the family and experience a paddle around the Union Bay Natural Area admiring the wildlife such as bald eagles, osprey, and various types waterfowl. Paddle to the Washington Arboretum and enjoy the protected waterways and hiking trails that provide spectacular animal and people watching. Rental hours vary by season, and all UW students receive a discount when renting.

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On Campus at UW

These resources are for anyone at the UW who want to get more involved on campus and/or campus sustainability. Let us know if you have any green resources that you would like to share with us!

  • Explains what to compost and recycle within Housing and Food Services (i.e. in residence halls and dining facilities) along with other information about campus sustainability.
  • Unsure how to dispose of an item on campus? Just look for it on UW Recycling’s list. Though the rules for ordinary recycling may differ from those in HFS buildings, the list also covers other waste streams such as E-media.
  • A directory of locations where consumers can recycle electronic waste and other hazardous materials in Seattle and western Washington. (Some electronic waste is also accepted in the UW’s E-media bins, refer to the Downloads page for more information.)

The departments below are all key pieces of UW’s sustainability story. Follow the links below to learn more!

For students that are interested in SEED and either not eligible members or members that want to find more on-campus environmental communities, these are a handful of RSOs that thrive on campus!

  • Residential Community Student Association (RCSA)
    • RCSA represents and serves students in the residence halls and collaborates with SEED.
  • UW Farm
    • A communal farm that grows a wide variety of fruits and vegetables right on campus.
  • Society for Ecological Restoration (SERUW)
    • A student group that leads ecological restoration projects on the UW campus alongside managing the Native Plant Nursery at the Center for Urban Horticulture.
  • Earth Club
    • An environmental student group at the UW.
  • WashPIRG
    • A public-interest student group that focuses on several key issues, including the environment.