Sustainability matters at Bastyr University. We understand that human health and ecological health are inseparable. They find root in the same soil, drink from the same waters, and grow in the same air.
Here's a look at how Bastyr pursues environmental and social wellness on campus in Kenmore.
Bastyr's academic programs rest on the philosophy of vis medicatrix naturae, the healing power of nature. The connection between healthy ecosystems and healthy humans pervades every class in every program.
Our LEED Platinum-certified Student Village includes 11 unconventional cottage-style dorms built to encourage interaction among residents. The dwellings feature natural ventilation, radiant floor heating, high-efficiency boilers, low-flow plumbing and Energy Star appliances. Distinctive "butterfly roofs" catch rainwater and reduce runoff pollution, while other buildings support rooftop gardens.
The project was awarded Outstanding Multifamily Project of the Year in the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Homes program. It has also been praised in the Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges. Read more about living in the Student Village.
Our campus has been recognized as one of "King County's Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction" for the following efforts:
Additionally, the Bastyr University Research Institute funds research into toxins and human safety, such as this study on sauna detoxification therapies.