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AUS Sustainability was established in 2009 to integrate sustainability across all levels of our campus by engaging the collective brainpower of our students, staff, faculty, alumni and partners. Drawing from diverse academic and professional backgrounds, we work with all campus stakeholders to integrate sustainable thinking and action into campus operations, teaching and research. In 2017, a group of interior design students conducted their entire semester in the senior design studio remodeling the AUS Sustainability Office. From this, 90 percent of the resulting office was created from recycled or reused materials. The office is the first co-working space for employees on campus, hosting three staff as well as four student workers.
Rose Armour, Head of AUS Sustainability
Rose holds a Master of Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon and a BA in Natural Resource Management from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining AUS, Rose worked with the social Innovation Fund (SIF) in Washington, DC, an initiative of President Barak Obama in which evidence-based programs and interventions were funded to promote social justice and innovation across America. Prior to joining SIF, Rose worked with Peace Corps/Fiji as the Director of Programming and Training, training volunteers to address environmental and health issues facing the country. She also worked with Peace Corps/Burkina Faso, West Africa as a Program Officer for Small Enterprise Development focusing on the economical benefits of sustainable agribusiness and ecotourism opportunities within the country. Rose served as the Assistant Director for the Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) Program at the University of Oregon, working to increase the capacity of rural communities to improve their economic, social and environmental conditions. Rose began her career with the Near East Foundation working with rural women’s associations in southern Morocco to address environmental impacts through income generation opportunities. Additionally, Rose served with Peace Corps/Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa as an Urban Environmental Management Volunteer.
John E. Katsos, Academic Advisor to AUS Sustainability
John is Associate Professor of Business Law and Ethics at AUS, with a research focus on business operations in conflict zones. Specifically, he looks at how businesses can help promote the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goal 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) through their operations. John sits on the UN’s Global Compact UAE Local Network Board of Directors and on the Business for Peace Working Group of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) of the UN Global Compact. He is also an expert consultant for the MENA region’s UN Business and Human Rights Working Group of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Prior to AUS, John worked at Occidental Petroleum, the US Small Business Administration, the New York County District Attorney’s Office, the US State Department, George Washington University, and the American University of Dubai. John has his JD and MBA from George Washington University in Washington, DC, and his BA in Religion from Haverford College in Haverford, PA. He is licensed to practice law in the state of New York.
Julia A. Carlow, Sustainability Project Coordinator
Julia holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of Bamberg, Germany. Prior to joining AUS, Julia worked as Head of Sourcing Operations for Puma SE out of their global sourcing headquarters in Hong Kong. In this role she was involved in various sustainability related initiatives such as preparing Puma’s first Environmental Profit and Loss Account (E P&L), introducing a mandatory Sustainability Reporting for Puma’s Strategic Suppliers, launching InCycle, Puma’s first "Cradle to Cradle Certified[CM]" collection as well as launching a World Bank sponsored financing program for suppliers aimed at incentivizing the implementation of defined sustainability targets. Prior to Puma SE, Julia worked for Norintra, where she helped launch a fully sustainable fashion line made entirely of organic cotton, bamboo and recycled polyester. Julia began her career in sustainability during her master thesis project titled “The United Nations Global Compact and The Apparel Industry: The Corporate Responsibility of Multinational Enterprises in Global Supply Chains to Implement Core Labour Standards."
We look forward to hearing your comments, questions and ideas for making AUS a more sustainable campus.
Telephone: +971 6 515 4243
You can also stop by our office to say hello and meet the team: AUS Sustainability, M-240, 2nd floor, Main Building, American University of Sharjah