AASHE Sustainable Campus Index

Cascadia is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a Certified Salmon Safe Campus, and is pesticide free!

STARS Silver Medal           UN Sust. Dev. Sol. Network logo

     Salmon Safe Certification    Certified Wildlife Habitat   Bee Campus USA logo

Cascadia College was rated #1 in the nation in 2018-2022 (five years!) for our sustainable campus grounds by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education! 

Our Cornucopia Food Forest was always recognized with a national AASHE Campus Sustainability Achievement Award in 2021!

Cascadia's sustainable campus

Vanleer Teaches Stormwater Sustainability Activities on Campus

Check out the campus blog Integrate It! and the Campus Calendar for the latest information about sustainability activities on campus and in our community.  Join our bi-weekly Sustainability Opportunities e-newsletter for articles and updates!

Studying wetland waterWetlands

We protect and continue to restore a 58-acre wetland that is one of the biggest floodplain restoration projects completed in the Pacific Northwest in conjunction with UW Bothell. Cascadia classes use the wetland as a living laboratory to study water quality, botany, ecology and wildlife biology. Cascadia students have done wetland stormwater sampling!

Would you like to explore the wetland? 

Interesting in doing research in the wetland?  Please request a permit here.

solar panels on campusGreen Buildings

Our Global Learning and the Arts building (CC3) achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum  standard for environmental sustainability and we produce clean, renewable energy via solar panels located on our parking garages and rooftops.

Summer Food Forest ViewCampus Grounds

Our campus, shared with University of Washington, Bothell, is Certified Salmon Safe and we produce herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables in our campus Food Forest and Campus Farm using organic practices. We also provide habitat for native pollinators

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Oluwa's Raingarden ProjectStormwater Management

Our Campus is a secondary permitee under the Western Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Plan.  We manage stormwater with rain gardens, green stormwater infrastructure, signage and education, and working with
our 58-acre restored wetland management!  You can see many of our projects by visiting the campus, or photos on our social media!

Cascadia College 2020 Annual Stormwater Permit Report, through the WA Department of Ecology

Link to our Campus Stormwater Management Plan.