Rochelle Owen

Rochelle Owen (centre) receives the Bright Business Award for Leadership from Efficiency Nova Scotia. (Photo: Efficiency Nova Scotia )

Rochelle Owen (BScHE’91, MES’06) has recently received acclaim for her environmental leadership.

In November, Divert NS awarded Owen its first-ever Mobius Hall of Fame award in recognition of her leadership in diverting waste from landfills.

A few weeks prior, Efficiency Nova Scotia recognized Owen with its Bright Business Award for Leadership, which recognizes impact in energy efficiency.

As Dal’s inaugural director of sustainability, Owen has driven positive environmental change across the university. She has led the development of strategic plans regarding climate change, food, transportation, waste and the natural environment. She leads an Office of Sustainability that is unique in Atlantic Canada.

In response to her recent honours, Owen says, “one person doesn’t do it alone. It really is a team effort.”

Owen says her passion for pursuing an environmental career was solidified in an class called “Health and the Environment” during her undergraduate degree at Dal. After completing her degree, she went on to work for Environment Canada, the Clean Foundation and the Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps before returning to work at Dalhousie in 2008.

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