Overview

On April 20, 2023, the Bellevue School District’s Board of Directors adopted a new policy regarding sustainability. BSD is a leader among districts in the state and in the nation to institute such a policy. Policy 6811 states that the Bellevue School District seeks to minimize our impact on the environment and increase our individual and collective understanding and agency of how we can work toward an ecologically sustainable school district, community and world.

The policy is framed using the Four Pillars of Sustainability: district resources, environmental safety, collective understanding and student voice. To implement the four Pillars of Sustainability, the district will develop a procedure to accompany the policy, including but not limited to, a three-year action plan beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, a schedule for reducing negative impacts, and a timeline for integrating sustainability into the curriculum. The district will also create an advisory group to provide feedback and recommendations on the district’s action plan.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Sustainability Community Advisory Group will help to develop goals, metrics and strategies. The following identifies the roles and responsibilities for group members.

  • Influence the development and implementation of a three-year action plan.
  • Shape a schedule for reduction of harmful environmental impacts.
  • Attend monthly committee meetings.
  • Attending additional subcommittee meetings as needed.
  • Drive engagement for sustainability initiatives.
  • Prioritize student voice.
  • Welcome diverse perspectives.

Meet the Sustainability Committee


Students

  • Allison Kuramura
  • Angie Tang
  • Anthony Vu
  • Arianna Ortiz De Lazaro
  • Clarence Guo
  • Eli Hou
  • Emelia Bechthold
  • Filipe Owen Scorsatto Botelho
  • Freya Luo
  • Gabrielle Davaadorj
  • Jaslyn Pham
  • Kamari Harris
  • Maximus Burger
  • Oliver Cho
  • Phoebe Jorge
  • Soraya Arjomand
  • Vishnu Mangipudi
  • Yekalaivan Aiyanar

Family and Community Members

  • Ady Sharma
  • Chris Marks
  • Fadia Abdullah
  • Linda Lauw
  • Maina Tuinukutolu
  • Ricardo Perezchica
  • Sofia Fall
  • Viccy Salazar

Staff

  • Dylan Calinog
  • Heather Snookal
  • Irina Kourilenko
  • Lorenzo McKinney
  • R. Court Olson
  • Randy Litzenberger
  • Scott Powers

School Board Director

  • Phil Bloch

Committee Co-Leads

  • Eva Collins
  • Melissa deVita
  • Sam Gunnerson

Meeting Schedule

Committee members will be expected to attend monthly meetings held typically on Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Some meetings will be held in-person and some online. Agendas and minutes will be published for each upcoming meeting date below.

  • January 24, 2024
  • February 28, 2024
  • March 20, 2024
  • April 24, 2024
  • May 29, 2024

The committee will present sustainability goals, with corresponding metrics and strategies, to the Board in June 2024.

News and Events

BSD Sustainability Committee Launches

In January 2024, the Bellevue School District launched its Sustainability Committee. From over 230 applications submitted, thirty-four individuals – comprised of students, families and community members – were invited to take part in the committee. The next committee meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 28, during which time the committee will organize into workgroups.Read More



The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.