White Center resident Sophorn Sim, a sustainability superhero
White Center resident Sophorn Sim, a sustainability superhero.
Sophorn Sim believes in the power of learning by example – so much so that she’s willing to bring people into her home — if that helps them better understand sustainability.
In fact, she was awarded the 2017 Sustainability Hero Award by Sustainable Seattle.
“It was very nice to see the work I do get recognized.” Sim has served as an environmental educator with the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle for seven years now.
She explained that her career has always focused on assisting refugees and immigrants – but in the past, she worked to connect them with medical assistance and job skills.
It’s really important to work with them and educate them.” Sim said that by eliminating chemicals from their homes and gardens, residents not only protect the water but also create healthier environments in their homes.
Everyone has to take responsibility.” As part of her work with the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle, Sim provides free spill kits to businesses and brings new immigrants on tours of the area’s watershed.
Ruben Chi Bertoni, community outreach associate, said Sim plays a vital role in the company’s mission of educating businesses and individuals in diverse communities about environmentally sustainable practices.
“We want people to take action,” he said.
We go to their house and tailor actions they can take to prevent water pollution on their property.” Environmental Coalition of South Seattle staff will start conducting home visits in June.