Director of Sustainability
In 2009 Chris became American University's first Director of Sustainability. He is responsible for sustainability policy, planning, outreach and implementation. His work includes leading the university's commitment to achieving climate-neutrality by ... [More]
Emily became American University’s Sustainability Coordinator in July, 2010. She is responsible for improving sustainability throughout campus operations and heads up AU's efforts as one of the first universities in the world using LEED Volume to pur... [More]
Joshua became American University's Sustainability Outreach Specialist in July, 2011. Joshua conducts campus sustainability outreach and education for the Office of Sustainability, fostering extensive collaboration around a variety of projects with s... [More]
Zero Waste Coordinator
Helen (Hye) joined American University as the first Zero Waste Coordinator in January 2012. Her job encompasses planning, implementing, tracking, and reporting all aspects of waste diversion and waste reduction operations on campus to achieve the uni... [More]
Manjyot is the Office of Sustainability's Education and Research intern, working on a number of projects exploring the intersections of sustainability in operations and academia. She is a Ph.D. student in the School of Public Affairs, with a focus on U.S. environmental policy and collaborative environmental governance. She earned her M.S. in Sustainability from the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. For the past two years, Manjyot has served as a research assistant at AU's Center for Environmental Policy, working on collaborative projects with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Intel Corporation, Duke University, and Carleton University, Canada, on issues of climate change, sustainability, responsible chemical management, and intersection of science, technology, and policy. She has also consulted for global think tanks like the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Manjyot has been invited to address high school students in India interested in sustainability careers and as well as undergraduate and masters students at American University on various sustainability issues. Manjyot ultimately hopes to return to her native country, India, to work with the Ministry of Environment and Forests on the competing issues of economy and the environment in an emerging economy.
Megan works as the Office of Sustainability’s summer Outreach and Communications Intern. Her primary responsibilities are developing programming for the Green Eagles sustainability peer educators and the development of a new online social platform for green actions. She will also be writing and editing how-to videos on sustainable living and representing the office at Eagle Summit orientation sessions. A rising junior in AU's School of Communication, Megan is pursuing a major in Public Communication. Prior to this position, Megan worked as a Green Eagle in Centennial Hall, conducting outreach and educational programs to the resident student community. Megan hopes to pursue a career after graduation that will combine her passion for sustainability with a position in a communications field. Out of the office, Megan can be found baking, working out, filming with her FlipCam, and watching documentaries.
Ada serves as the Office of Sustainability's Graphic Design Intern, where she is merging some of her biggest passions - fine art, design, and the environment - to help develop new graphic design standards for the office's outreach materials. Ada also does design work for AU's Facilities Management department, including the AU Arboretum and the Zero Waste Initiative. A rising junior at AU, Ada is pursuing her BA in Graphic Design. For the past two years she has designed promotional materials for Campus Beautification Day and Earth Week. Ada returned from studying design in Copenhagen, Denmark in the Fall 2012 semester. To view some of Ada's work, including her design for AU's electric vehicle "Sparky", visit cargocollective.com/adathomas.
Green Eagles are student peer educators who work to implement sustainable practices on campus by conducting outreach to the university community in AU's ten residence halls.
Green Office Interns work with professional staff members in university offices and departments participating in the Green Office (GO!) program. These students use social marketing principles to build support around a variety of sustainability topics including transportation, energy, waste, and purchasing to encourage sustainable behavior change and office practices that support AU's sustainability plans, policies, and goals.
Sara became American University's Green Office Program Assistant in August of 2012. Through this position she helped green over 30 American University offices with more than 600 staff and faculty members. Upon graduating from AU in December 2012 she took on an additional role as a Research Assistant for AU's Sustainability Tracking Assessment Rating System (STARS). Prior to these positions, Sara worked with Facilities Management as a Green Office Intern where she helped implement Green Office (GO!) program initiatives.
Conor works as the Office of Sustainability's Fair Trade Intern to increase fair trade awareness and product availability in every aspect of campus operations. Fair trade and social justice are Conor's biggest passions, he is Co-President of the AU Fair Trade Student Association and member of the FairTrade USA Colleges and Universities National Steering Committee. He is a sophomore currently pursing his BA in International Studies and hopes to eventually pursue a MA in International Development here at AU.
Joseph "Josey" Schwartz
Josey works on the Office of Sustainability's green building and transportation projects, gathering data, providing administrative support, and representing the Office to the campus community. He is currently pursuing his MS in Sustainability Management in the Kogod School of Business, with his interests stemming from a desire to understand the human dimensions of sustainability. Josey graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2011 with an Interdisciplinary Studies degree in Social Sustainability. Josey had the good fortune of growing up in northern Italy, is a strict-vegetarian, a fitness enthusiast, and enjoys philosophical literature (particularly existentialism)?.