The Bellevue College Office of Sustainability welcomed many great new members to our team this summer.
Please welcome the new members by saying “Hi” to us on campus or at the next student event. Any one of us would love to share how Bellevue College is helping grow a sustainable campus!
Patrick Green, Program Manager
Patrick Green works as Program Manager for the Office of Sustainability. He provides project support for the Office as well as to students and staff engaged in sustainability efforts. He graduated from the University of Washington in 2012 with concurrent master’s degrees in Public Administration and Urban Design and Planning. He brings experience in infrastructure project management, strategic planning, community development, and performance measurement. Beyond the office, Patrick is an avid fly fisherman, cyclist, kayaker, and painter.
Sophia Trinh, Advocacy & Outreach Coordinator
Sophia Trinh is the Advocacy & Outreach Coordinator who will be working on three projects this year 1. Beyond Coal in Washington Campaign 2. Integrating\Creating an Environmental Service Learning Project for students 3. Student Outreach and Advocacy, which will help get all students involved on environmental projects and legislation.
Prior to working with the Office of Sustainability, Sophia served two terms in the Associated Student Government, the first as the Environmental and Social Responsibility and the second as the VP of Student Affairs and Pluralism Representative. Sophia researched, proposed and worked collaboratively with students, faculty, and administrators to implement an organic student garden, reduce paper consumption, bring composting into our cafeteria and fight for a more socially, and pluralistic campus. During Sophia’s spare time, she likes to host cook nights and bonfires, watch TED talks, longboard, paint, salsa dance, hike, garden, and volunteer with the Washington Bus on youth civic engagement. In the future, Sophia would like to attend the UW School of Public Health where she hopes to find ways to improve the health of communities by focusing on food systems and education.
Laurie Nord, Resource Accounting Coordinator
Laurie supports Bellevue College’s sustainability initiatives by collecting and entering campus finance and operations data, and preparing reports. Laurie is currently enrolled at Bellevue College, studying environmental science, biology, and IT. Prior to coming to the Office of Sustainability, Laurie completed a data analysis internship at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle. A native of Southern California, she enjoys getting out and exploring the Puget Sound area in her free time.
Beautiful Existence, Sustainability Communications Coordinator
Beautiful Existence is a Washington state native who grew up on her family’s working farm only consuming what they grew and raised. Beautiful’s childhood exposure to nature and sustainability has impacted every component of her life from the children’s environmental clothing line she produced in partnership with Ecocycle to the Environmental media web site she co-owned in Boulder, Colorado.
Beautiful loves to spend time with her two sons on the farm, creating art media, meditating and designing her evolutionary theories. Beautiful brings her sustainability, media and communications experience to Bellevue College, hoping to expand the understanding that we ALL are the face of sustainability and that we ALL can “be the change we wish to see in the world!”
Osha Morningstar, Sustainable Foods Coordinator
Osha is the Sustainable Foods Coordinator and hails from Eastern Washington. Her major is accounting and she has attended several schools including Eastern Washington University, Spokane Falls Community College, Washington State University and now Bellevue College. She has had a variety of leadership roles at her previous schools including being a member of student government at SFCC, serving on numerous university committees at EWU and being involved in WSU clubs. Osha has previous experience working on sustainability and health related programs. She was an AmeriCorps volunteer at the Lands Council, a nonprofit environmental organization in Spokane, where she contributed research on a water conservation grant received from the Department of Ecology. At EWU Osha worked for Health and Wellness Services as a Nicotine Replacement Therapy mentor and research assistant.
Becky Szabo, Transportation Coordinator
Becky Szabo is the Transportation Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability. Becky’s goals this year involve encouraging students and staff to give their modes of transportation a second thought, and understand how our choices make an impact on our community and environment. She’ll be advocating for walking, biking, carpooling, and riding the bus in order to help reduce emissions due to transportation here on campus. Becky is planning to major in physics and engineering, and some of her other passions include kayaking, traveling, and getting hooked on the occasional TV show.
In the future Becky hopes to research clean energy alternatives and promote a shift towards a way of life that produces less waste and places more value on the natural environment. You can find Becky at the Transportation Information Desk in C106, and on some evenings working at the QFC just up the street.