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 four staff as well as four student workers.
Rose Armour, Head of AUS Sustainability – Seconded to the Climate Envoy
Rose Armour holds a Master of Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Arts in Natural Resource Management from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining AUS, she 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, she 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 economic benefits of sustainable agribusiness and ecotourism opportunities within the country. She 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. She 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, she served with Peace Corps/Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa as an Urban Environmental Management Volunteer.
Julia Carlow, Acting Head of AUS Sustainability
Julia Carlow joined AUS Sustainability in 2018 and has led many projects and initiatives focused on communication and community engagement, which contributed to AUS being ranked one of the top five institutions worldwide for community engagement in sustainability, according to AASHE’s (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) 2022 Sustainable Campus Index. She holds a Master of Science (BSc) in Business Administration from Bamberg University, Germany, and wrote her master’s thesis on the UN Global Compact in global supply chains. Prior to joining AUS, she led the global sourcing operations of a multinational sportswear brand and successfully implemented various sustainability initiatives in the company’s global supply chain. She has been serving on the AASHE Advisory Council since 2021 and recently completed a certificate program on “Climate Change and Health” from the Yale School of Public Health.
Nathalie Curabba, Sustainability Coordinator
Nathalie Montoya Curabba, MS, CNS, LDN, is a Board Certified Nutrition Specialist®, Licensed Dietary Nutritionist, and Health-supportive Chef. She has a Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health from Maryland University of Integrative Health and a culinary degree from the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York. Her previous experiences lie in the teaching space and the clinical realm helping clients regain health after being diagnosed with illnesses such as cancer, metabolic syndrome and mental health issues. She uses her experience with food to help her clients re-establish a connection with themselves and their environment to promote healing. It is from this connection that linking to sustainability was a natural progression. She has been an AUS sustainability coordinator since 2022. Her interest and focus remain on the topic of food, from sustainable sourcing and cooking, to growing food and food waste, to bridge the gap between personal and planetary health.
Sahar Ibrahim, Sustainability Coordinator
Sahar Ibrahim holds a Master of Engineering in Engineering Management from Rochester Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from American University of Sharjah. She started off as an Engineer at Asset Integrity Engineering, an oil and gas consultancy company. She was part of the corrosion management department whereby she conducted risk assessments and established corrosion management systems for companies such as DNO, Petrofac and Dubai Petroleum. She then discovered her passion for research and worked as a Research Editor for the Oil & Gas Year. Today, her research interests revolve around environmental management, carbon emissions (foot-printing), sustainability in higher education and sustainability in general. She has been working at the AUS Sustainability office since 2022, focusing on AUS's carbon emissions and Climate Action Plan.
We look forward to hearing your comments, questions and ideas for making AUS a more sustainable campus.
Email: [email protected]
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