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.

>> 10x12 Program
>> Green Office Tools
>> Sustainable Office Certification
>> Sweater Days
>> Sustainable Transportation
>> Lunch & Learn

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.

Charity Ijiomah, Graphic Designer

Charity Ijiomah
Viking Commons 24 | 360.650.4575

Charity works with the OS programs to create effective visual solutions to promote OS events and educate Western’s campus and the surrounding community about sustainability. She strives to be a part of the global movement towards a beautiful and sustainable Earth and to protect the world from devastation. Charity is a senior currently pursuing BFA in Design and a minor in Art. She has a passion for art, music, animals, cooking, and the efforts of minority groups towards education and equality.

Dallas Dyson, Graphic Designer

Dallas Dyson
Viking Commons 24 | 360.650.4575

Dallas works with individual programs within the OS to create effective and memorable graphic content to promote OS events and educate Western’s campus and surrounding community about sustainability. She is thrilled to be in a position that merges her love for graphic design with her passion for creating a happier and heathier world for people and planet alike. Dallas is currently a Junior pursuing a BA in Design with a focus in User Experience. She is interested in motion graphics, web, and user experience design, and plans to use all the valuable skills she has learned at Western in her professional life beyond graduation.

Dylan Bass, Research Assistant

Dylan Bass
Viking Commons 24 | 360.650.4575

Dylan is currently working on a project called the Housing Sustainability Index. This provides information for off-campus students and community members about sustainable housing options while also promoting sustainable development in the greater Bellingham area – more coming soon on that!

Dylan is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning and Sustainable Development with a minor in Geography and plans to graduate in Fall 2017. Dylan is preparing to work with counties, municipalities, and regional planning organizations to promote sustainable growth practices. When not in class or working in the office, Dylan enjoys being outside and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Gwen Larned, Zero Waste Coordinator

Viking Commons 24 | 360.650.4575

Gwen works with various teams on campus to both educate students, staff and faculty on proper waste sorting practices and to improve Western facilities to better manage waste. Gwen became involved with the Office of Sustainability as a Fairhaven Eco Rep her freshman year. Now in her third year in the office Gwen looks forward to dedicating more time to long term solutions to our campus waste problems. In her free time Gwen finds solutions to everyday waste challenges, living a nearly zero waste lifestyle.

Julia Bainbridge, Campus Conservation & Outreach Assistant

Julia Bainbridge
Viking Commons 24 | 360.650.4575

Julia is part of a variety of programs that promote conservation including Sweater Days and the Sustainable Office Certification. Sweater Days promotes energy saving practices, encourages the crafting and reuse of garments, and acknowledges the impact of waste from the textile industry. The Sustainable Office Certification recognizes and improves practices in offices across Western’s campus. Julia is interested in how life practices as mundane as eating breakfast everyday can honor a commitment to planet and people and how sustainability can be incorporated into untraditional contexts. In her next steps, she hopes to work at the intersections of human health and the environment.

Keiko Betcher, Sustainable Action Fund Education Coordinator

Keiko Betcher
Viking Commons 24 | 360.650.4575

The Sustainable Action Fund (SAF) is a student-initiated, quarterly fee that funds student-driven projects focused on sustainability on Western's campus; Keiko's role is to ensure that the students of Western know that this opportunity is available for them. By doing class-raps, tabling, updating social media, and hosting Idea Labs and other events, Keiko spreads the word about the SAF program throughout campus. As a student, Keiko is pursuing a degree in Geography, and while outside the classroom, she enjoys hula dancing, music, cooking, and anything outdoors. In the future, Keiko hopes to remain by the sea, and work with people and creatures that are being directly impacted by climate change.

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

Kellen Erb
Viking Commons 24 | 360.650.4585

ResRAP is an environmental education approach to sustainable living on campus. As the ResRAP Coordinator, it is Kellen’s job to work directly with the Hall Council Eco Reps. Kellen, along with the ResRAP Assistant 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 Senior 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 and 2015-2016 years, and is very excited to take on the responsibilities of the ResRAP Coordinator for the 2016-2017 year.

>> ResRAP

Kelsey Fowler, Media Coordinator

Kelsey Fowler
Viking Commons 24 | 360.650.4575

Kelsey assists in the management and support of the office through social media. She creates, edits, publishes and shares daily content with the intent to encourage community members, build connections and achieve maximum engagement. She believes by building and executing social media strategies, the goal to obtain outreach toward our target audiences will be successful. She admires the hard-working staff members at the OS, and hopes to reflect their efforts online. Kelsey is a senior, pursuing her BA in Public Relations through the Journalism department. She has an unapologetic obsession with chocolate and pad thai (eaten separately) and enjoys spending time outdoors with friends and family.

Maddy Jones, Residents' Resource Awareness Program (ResRAP) Assistant

Maddy Jones
Viking Commons 24 | 360.650.4575

As the ResRAP assistant Maddy works to promote sustainability in the residence halls by supporting the eco rep program as well as the ResRAP coordinator. Eco reps are on campus residents who educate their peers about all aspects of sustainability. Maddy is a sophomore majoring in environmental studies and minoring in education and social justice; she is also in the honors program. This is her second year in the ResRAP program, her freshmen year she was an eco rep in Edens Hall, and she is excited to continue working in the program as the ResRAP assistant this year.

Maria Szaro, Research Assistant

Maria Szaro
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

Molly Reetz, Zero Waste Assistant

Molly Reetz
Viking Commons 24 | 360.650.4575

Molly assists the Zero Waste Western Coordinator in educating students on composting and recycling on campus as well as implementing facilities changes on campus to push Western to be more Zero Waste. She mainly focuses on data collection from the waste stream on campus and updating social media and is a resource for class presentations on waste. Last year Molly participated in ResRap as an EcoRep for Buchanan Towers. Molly is a Junior, pursuing a degree in Environmental Science through Huxley College of the Environment. Outside of the office she enjoys hiking, kayaking, music, and skiing. Molly is passionate about the outdoors and hopes to pursue a career in the National or State Parks. This is her first year in the Office of Sustainability, and she is excited to work with the inspiring and hardworking people within and outside of her program.

Ryan Hachtel, Webmaster/Developer

Ryan Hachtel
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.

Spiro Pappas, Sustainable Action Fund Projects Coordinator

Spiro Pappas
Viking Commons 24 | 360.650.4575

Spiro is the Sustainable Action Fund Projects Coordinator, providing student teams with guidance, support, and the networking they need for their projects to be successful. He is always searching for ways that new clubs, departments, SAF programs and the OS can collaborate together. He is working toward a BA in Business and Sustainability, pursuing minors in Political Science and Economics, and is the President of the Collegiate DECA club here at Western. Spiro’s parents immigrated from Greece and opened a pizza restaurant in Seattle, where Spiro has worked since he was 8 years old. In 2013 he worked at an accounting firm in Seattle for two years, before ultimately realizing his true passion for Sustainability. He hopes to be a leader for change, and inspire people to live more sustainable lifestyles.