Director of Sustainability
As Western’s sustainability officer, Seth Vidaña oversees the functions of the Office of Sustainability, working with students, staff, and faculty to make Western a national leader in sustainability through advances in academics, operations, and co-curricular learning. Seth is driven to provide students with the opportunity to identify as protectors of people and planet, and hopes that their experiences at Western will stay with them for the rest of their lives. An envelope-pusher, knowledge source, and mentor, Seth is also co-chair of the Washington Higher Education Sustainability Consortium. He enjoys being a father, partner, trail runner, bee keeper, and is a proud first-generation American of Latino-Teuton heritage.
Linda utilizes her experience in administration, event management, negotiations, budget, and mentoring to help facilitate every aspect of Office of Sustainability activity. Having spent time in francophone Montreal, Seattle, and Austin, as well as motorcycled throughout the Mountain West, she brings a broad understanding of diversity and culture to the office. Her skill and wisdom in the fields of disability advocacy, natural medicine, and plant cultivation provide an organically-informed, nuanced voice of support for our team.
Social Media Coordinator
As the social media coordinator, Dorothy sees the value in using different platforms to get people excited about sustainability. She strives toward promoting the OS’s mission by featuring a variety of communities, their sustainability projects and the ways they impact social justice within sustainability and beyond. Dorothy is working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Design with minors in Geography and User Experience. In her career, she hopes to use the creative power of design and her knowledge of both human and physical geography to produce useful and accessible information for people from all walks of life. She sees social media marketing as a powerful bridge into the world of social change and anticipates her senior year to be one of profound learning and growth. When she’s not at school or work, Dorothy spends her time traveling (domestically and internationally), appreciating the natural world, enjoying live music, and cooking. No matter how far she travels, she’s always happy to land back in Western Washington, her forever home.
As a graphic designer, Hunter strives for creative collaboration, sharing authentic stories, and serving a purpose greater than herself. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design, with minors in Women, Gender and Sexuality studies as well as Arts Enterprise and Cultural Innovation. Long term, she hopes to work in fashion media as a creative director to move the industry into a more sustainable and inclusive future. When she is not at work, you can find her going for a run, talking to her mom on the phone, or meeting friends for coffee.
As an artist and graphic designer, Lia understands the power of visual impact in everyday life. She is excited to apply that power toward a meaningful cause, and to continue to learn about how impactful even the smallest collective move toward a sustainable future can be. Having grown up in the beautiful state of Colorado, Lia has an appreciation for the outdoors that helps drive the work she creates, and believes that spending time outside is the ultimate way to recharge. When she isn’t working toward completing her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design, Lia is a player on Western’s club volleyball team, and enjoys collaging, water-coloring, climbing trees, and thrift shopping.
Feeding Western Coordinator
As an Americorps VISTA, Amber is the new Feeding Western Coordinator. In this role, she aims to bring awareness to the food resources on Western’s campus for students experiencing food insecurity. She recognizes that food insecurity fits into sustainability because it ties directly into our financial wellness and our personal wellbeing. Amber hopes to share that knowledge with others by further building the Feeding Western Program. Feeding Western is dedicated to alleviating food insecurity and hunger on campus by providing greater access to food resources and reducing the barriers to access. Amber graduated from WWU with a Bachelors of Arts in Business and Sustainability, a minor in Business Administration, and is also a LEED Green Associate. In her free time, Amber enjoys long TV binges, being with family, playing with her dogs, and sharing meals with others.
Darrin is an International Business major with numerous interests stemming from sustainability. As a research assistant, he supports Western’s STARs reporting and researches student transportation options on and around campus. This year Darrin will continue to be found nose deep in research for the Office of Sustainability while studying abroad. After university, Darrin hopes to serve internationally, working with humanitarian relief from a business standpoint.
Sustainable Communities Partnership
Sustainable Communities Partnership Program Coordinator
Serving as a liaison to communities around western Washington, Lindsey connects public needs, knowledge, and ideas with faculty and student energy and expertise. She also teaches Western’s Campus Sustainability Planning Studio and Sustainability Literacy I, and assists in advancing Curriculum for the Bioregion. Lindsey is passionate about supporting students and faculty in engaging in community-based work and service toward positive change in their communities. She holds a Master of Science in Conservation Ecology from the University of Michigan, and has been working in sustainability in higher education for nine years. Her research has focused on leadership for sustainability, and sustainable food initiatives in higher education. When not at work, Lindsey enjoys growing and cooking food as well as playing in the mountains.
Sustainable Communities Partnership Graduate Research Assistant
As Graduate Research Assistant, Sarah supports the Sustainable Communities Partnership program in connecting the energy and ideas of Western faculty and students with projects in the local community. She is pursuing an MA in Environmental Studies, with a focus in Environmental Policy, at Western. Her academic research explores how individuals’ worldviews shape perceptions of climate change adaptation measures. Prior to grad school, Sarah worked in the field of environmental education with ‘offices’ in the North Cascades, the Tetons and more, and she holds a B.A. in Biology from Lewis & Clark College. In her free time, Sarah is happy doing just about anything outside, but particularly enjoys skiing, surfing, running and hiking.
Transportation Program Manager
Jillian’s background is in biology, education, and business and she is currently working on a master’s degree in sustainable transportation. Jillian works on transportation planning and commute trip reduction programming for Western. She is interested in all aspects of transportation planning, but her passion lies in planning for complete streets and in understanding how to promote behavior change to decrease single occupancy vehicle (SOV) use. Jillian believes that these two aspects of transportation are integral to making our cities more livable and sustainable and are key to humans reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by a meaningful amount. Her favorite way to commute is any mode that doesn’t involve an SOV.
Student Transportation Program Support Supervisor
Kay has been an employee of Western since 1997, and moved to the Student Transportation Program shortly after its inception in 2008. She handles the day-to-day business of the program, and works on projects to improve student bus pass availability and Late Night Shuttle operation. Kay assists the Western community with transportation needs, and works closely with the AS Alternative Transportation Coordinator. She has an A.S. degree in Paralegal Studies, and is a long time bus rider who enjoys supporting the Student Transportation Program and its goals.
Alternative Transportation Coordinator
As the Alternative Transportation Coordinator, Kenzi promotes low-emission, accessible transportation options that spark joy and build community. At school, she is working towards a degree in environmental studies bolstered by a dual minor in environmental policy and environmental justice. Off campus, Kenzi recharges by grooving to good tunes, cooking food with friends, and jumping in large rain puddles. She aspires to live a life growing vegetables and being a voice for environmental justice.
Sustainability, Equity, and Justice Fund Staff
Sustainability, Equity, & Justice Fund Program Manager
Johnathan plans, promotes, and stewards the Sustainability, Equity, & Justice Fund Grant Program, instructs applicants in grant writing and project management, and writes the university’s annual sustainability report. He is an animal welfare and meditative arts advocate, and holds degrees in Editing, Psychology, and Theology. Johnathan recharges with long bicycle rides, backcountry camping, and playing mandolin.
Sustainability, Equity, & Justice Fund Project Coordinator
Turner is spending this year providing students with opportunities to create positive change on campus through the Sustainability, Equity, and Justice Fund. Working toward large-scale systematic progress, Turner is pursuing a degree in Environmental Science. With a strong background serving socio-economically diverse populations, he is focused on providing long-term solutions to matters of inequality through holistic community and infrastructure development. In his view, life will always find a way, and thus sustainability is an issue of balancing human health with the needs of our natural world. The only solution to our environmental crisis is one which values the wealth of diversity on our planet and celebrates its intrinsic beauty. Turner is an aspiring artist and writer, and hopes to one day influence society at-large to induce widespread understanding of the human condition.
Sustainability, Equity, & Justice Fund Project Coordinator
Shannon is thrilled about working as one of the Program Coordinators for the Sustainability, Equity, and Justice Fund in hopes of helping students, faculty, and staff to bring their ideas into fruition. She sees the biggest responsibility in her role is to empower the teams that I work with to create the best version of their projects as possible, both for themselves and for our campus. Shannon is entering her third year at Western and is studying Elementary Education and Sociology and is passionate about intersecting this work in the field of sustainability. Aspiring to embody what sustainability is, Shannon is in constant pursuit of growth and mindfully moving throughout the world.
Sustainability Representatives Staff
Sustainability Representatives Program Coordinator
Sustainability Representatives Program Coordinator
As the Program Assistant, Mabel works to support the Sustainability Representatives so they have the tools to thrive as community leaders. A Fairhaven student, they are currently working on their Interdisciplinary Concentration combining environmental education and identity in order to discuss how climate change disproportionately impacts marginalized individuals. Mabel is also working toward a minor in Education and Social Justice. They are passionate about making education more accessible and working with current and future generations of humans who advocate for social and environmental justice. In their free time, you can find them climbing rocks, dancing anywhere and everywhere, making art, and cooking food with their roommates.
Sustainability Representatives Program Assistant Coordinator
As the Assistant Coordinator, Alyssa aids in the development of the Sustainability Representatives Program as well as communication and outreach. She is in her second year of study at Western and is currently working towards a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science and a minor in geology. Alyssa hopes to eventually work within the field of aquatic ecology and water health. Her goal for her position within the OS is to educate and empower those in her community to live more sustainably. In Alyssa’s spare time, she often is doing research on the local diatom populations and microbiomes, painting, or napping.
Zero Waste Western Staff
Zero Waste Western Coordinator
As the Zero Waste Coordinator, Hope works with several entities of campus to reduce Western’s waste as an institution. Additionally, Hope spends a portion of her time educating the student body about ways they can reduce their waste as individuals, while understanding that structural change is truly key to a low-waste community. She is excited about her final two quarters here at Western and hopes to accomplish quite a bit before she leaves, including increasing composting on campus, supporting several events, and educating on-campus residents to instill lifelong habits early on. Hope will graduate in the winter with a degree in Environmental Policy and minors in Environmental Justice and Political Science. She hopes to find a job that can combine all of her various interests in a meaningful way. When she’s not working or studying, you can find Hope under a blanket sipping tea with friends or going for a walk in the beautiful trails of Bellingham.
Zero Waste Western Assistant
As the Zero Waste Western Assistant, Lauren hopes to show students and others reducing your waste isn’t instantaneous. Whether it’s using wool dryer balls, making beeswax wraps, or bringing your own tupperware for takeout food, she hopes to encourage students and community members that these small changes add up. Lauren is pursuing an Environmental Studies B.A. with an academic certificate in GIS, and minors in GIS and environmental justice. In her free time, you can find her strolling through the forest or along the sea, thermos of tea always in hand.