Office of Sustainability Staff

Seth Vidaña, Campus Sustainability Manager

Viking Commons 25 | 360.650.2491

Seth has been working as Campus Sustainability Manager since 2007, and advancing sustainability issues since 1993. As a M.Ed student, he created the Office of Sustainability, and has since led the development of many of Western's current sustainability programs. Seth formed the Northwest Higher Education Sustainability Consortium in 2010 to provide avenues for collaboration between northwest Washington institutions. Seth is a trail-runner, native bee keeper, bike commuter, and purveyor of backyard film screenings. He would love to hear your ideas on how we can make Western a national leader in campus sustainability.

Carol Berry, Campus Conservation & Sustainable Transportation Program Manager
Viking Commons 24 | 360.650.7979


On Western's staff since 1994, Carol was instrumental in developing the Sustainable Transportation office, incorporating Student and Employee Transportation programs, and housed with the Office of Sustainability. She has been active in Community transportation issues since 1999, serving on the City of Bellingham Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory committee, and the Whatcom Council of Governments Community Transportation Advisory group. Carol is currently implementing the Sustainable Office Certification program, an element of Western's Climate Action Plan. A graduate of Scripps College, Claremont, CA, in 1979, with a BA in Fine Arts, Carol believes that making and understanding how everyday items are made are keys to sustainability, and that hand-made goods have an important place in the future of local living economies. She is a member of the Whatcom Weaver's Guild and the Bellingham Textile Project steering committee.

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David Davidson, Sustainable Cities Partnership Program Coordinator
Artzen Hall 304 | 360.650.3824


After receiving a master’s in public administration, David worked in the local government arena for 13 years, including an eight-year stint as the City Administrator of Sumas, WA. He then began work at Western’s Border Policy Research Institute, where he engaged in policy analysis related to the Canada – U.S. relationship. In January 2016, after a decade with the Institute, he transitioned to his position here in the Office of Sustainability. He coordinates our newly launched Sustainable Cities Partnership, drawing upon his extensive experience both with city government and with higher education.

Susanna Hamilton, Sustainability Action Plan Coordinator
Old Main 475C | 360.650.4357


To guide the university’s sustainability efforts over the next 20 years, Susanna is helping Western write its first Sustainability Action Plan. She holds an MA in Environmental Education from California State University, San Bernardino. Her personal and professional interests have taken her across the country, from California where she was a founder and Executive Director of the San Jacinto Center for Environmental Education, to North Carolina where she taught 4th and 5th grades, and then to Oregon where she worked as an environmental educator in the West Eugene Wetlands. Susanna loves backpacking, swimming, curling up with a good book, and laughing out loud (including laughing yoga). She has an affinity for mountains and waterfalls, loves the desert in spring and autumn, and enjoys the rugged coastline of the Pacific Northwest. She is an active member of Whatcom County CERT.

Nate White, Sustainable Action Fund Coordinator

Viking Commons 24 | 360.650.4501

Nate coordinates the Sustainable Action Fund to help students implement successful sustainability projects on campus. As a former Western student and Vice President of Students for Renewable Energy, he helped install the solar panels on the Viking Union, and researched other appropriate solar power opportunities for Western. He is excited to provide guidance to current students and help make their sustainability ideas come to life. Nate graduated from Western with an Environmental Policy degree from Huxley College of the Environment.

Nate believes in local solutions to environmental challenges, and can’t get enough of riding his bike. Nate founded an all-volunteer bicycle-delivery club called the Bellingham Cargo Club as an avenue for these joint interests. He enjoys volunteering in the community, being active with friends, and exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Austin Welch, Graphic Designer

Viking Commons 24 | 360.650.4575

Austin works with the various OS program teams to create visual assets that promote program events and educate students about sustainability while maintaining a consistent brand for the office. He believes that collaboration is key to success and does his best to illustrate our staff’s ideas in an organized, concise, and memorable way. Austin is currently pursuing a Bachelor of the Fine Arts in Design and plans to graduate in Spring 2017. He is interested in motion, print, and interactive design, all of which he would like to explore further after graduation.

Gwen Larned, Zero Waste Coordinator

Viking Commons 24 | 360.650.4575

As the Zero Waste Coordinator Gwen works to help educate students, staff, and faculty about how they can reduce their waste stream and live more sustainably on and off campus. Gwen does class raps, works with social media, and tables at waste audits as a few ways to achieve her goal of green education. Gwen’s passion for a greener world stems from growing up in the heart of Washington. Born and raised in Leavenworth she hiked, swam, snowboarded, and enjoyed being surrounded by the mountains she calls home. As a Freshman at Western Gwen is an Eco Rep for Fairhaven Hall Council, and is excited to be making a difference here at WWU.

Kyle Wunderlin, Sustainable Action Fund Outreach Coordinator

Viking Commons 24 | 360.650.4924

Kyle has worked as the Outreach Coordinator for the Sustainable Action Fund since September, 2015. She is tasked to oversee SAF projects during their implementation and final reporting. Additionally, she helps her coworkers design and carry out outreach opportunities around campus to increase the campus body’s awareness of the SAF opportunities and projects. Kyle is a senior in the Huxley College of the Environment working towards a BA in urban planning and sustainable development. She is also pursuing two minors in sustainable design and disaster risk reduction. Kyle hopes to carry forward her experiences with the Office of Sustainability and Huxley into a career in safe, walkable urban design and redesign.

Kellen Erb, Residents' Resource Awareness Program (ResRAP) Assistant

Kellen Erb
Viking Commons 24 | 360.650.4585

ResRAP is an environmental education approach to sustainable living on campus. As the ResRAP Assistant, it is Kellen’s job to work directly with the Hall Council Eco Reps. Kellen, along with the ResRAP Coordinator, provide an educational foundation and abundant resources for Eco Reps to develop their own path to sustainable living and peer-to-peer education. ResRAP is creating a culture of sustainability that extends beyond the bounds of Western’s Residence Halls. Kellen is a Junior and is pursuing a degree in Language, Literacy & Cultural Studies with an Elementary Education Teaching Certificate. Kellen was an Eco Rep in the 2013-2014 year, Program Assistant for the 2014-2015 year, and is very excited to continue as the assistant for the 2015-2016 year.

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Maddie Gavigan Martin, Resident's Resource Awareness Program (ResRAP) Coordinator

Viking Commons 24 | 360.650.4585

Maddie has been with the ResRAP program since 2012. In the OS she collaborates with Residence Life and the community to educate Western students and on-campus residents about sustainability. Using community based social marketing strategies she identifies, isolates and eliminates barriers to sustainability among residents. ResRAP is creating a culture of sustainability that extends beyond the bounds of Western’s Residence Halls. Maddie is a senior pursuing a degree in environmental education. She loves to talk about waste infrastructure and astronomy if she isn’t out backpacking. Maddie was an Eco Rep from 2012-2013 and the ResRAP Assistant from 2013-2014.

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Maria Szaro, Research Assistant

Viking Commons 24 | 360.650.4924

Masha has joined OS in October 2013 as a Research Assistant. Her responsibilities varies depending on projects assigned by her supervisor. She started by helping organizing the WAHESC 2013 conference, and conducting research on electric vehicles for WWU facilities’ purchase. She assists Seth Vidana with his Campus Sustainability Planning Studio (CSPS) course by coordinating relations between students, staff and faculty. Masha is also in charge of Sustainability Graduation Pledge (SGP) event happening annually at the end of spring quarter. Contact Masha for any questions concerning the CSPS class or Graduation Pledge.

Reports To: Seth Vidaña

Ryan Hachtel, Webmaster

Viking Commons 24 | 360.650.4575

Ryan maintains and develops the Office of Sustainability website along with the ResRAP and Sweater Days websites. He is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science and a certificate in Web Programming. He believes that technology can be a great tool to help educate people on sustainable practices and concepts.

Ryan Peterson, Sustainable Action Fund Education Coordinator

Viking Commons 24 | 360.650.4501

Ryan started working for the Sustainable Action Fund as the Education Coordinator in September 2015. His general duty is to educate and implement outreach strategies for the Sustainable Action Fund to the general student body, staff, faculty, and community. He is currently a senior and graduates spring of 2016 with a major in environmental economics and a minor in energy policy. Ryan also competes for the Western Cross Country team along with the Track & Field team. Ryan inspires to work in the energy industry upon graduation and help bring energy efficiency to the forefront of future energy policy.

Sabrina Gassaway, Media Coordinator

Viking Commons 24 | 360.650.4575

Sabrina manages the Office of Sustainability Media Platforms and oversees media outlets for ZeroWaste, ResRAP, and the Sustainable Action Fund. She helps the office and the individual programs to create media campaigns while keeping the office up-to-date on events going on around campus. Sabrina is currently pursuing a degree in Urban Planning and Sustainable Development. She believes that connections through social networks are a valuable resource that can spread sustainable knowledge and ideas across the globe and make a different not just locally but around the world.