Who are we?

Rochelle Owen
Executive Director


Rochelle Owen has worked in the environment and sustainability field for over 30 years at non-profit, government, and academic institutions. She currently works as the Executive Director of the Office of Sustainability at Dalhousie University. Rochelle uses facilitation, community development, program management, and analytical skills to design programs and involve people in sustainability issues. Rochelle holds a BSc in community health, a Masters in Environmental Studies, and is a LEED Green Associate.

Justin MacDonald
On-Site Energy Manager


Justin MacDonald P. Eng., is the on-site Energy Manager at Dalhousie University. He has worked as an energy management consultant for the past 6 years within the industrial, commercial, and institutional sectors. Justin is responsible for identifying, coordinating, and assisting in the implementation of energy conservation projects within the university.

Justin holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, is a licensed professional engineer, and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) through the Association of Energy Engineers.

Kareina D'Souza
Sustainability Manager


Kareina D’Souza is the Sustainability Manager at the Office of Sustainability at Dalhousie University. She has a background in public engagement, research and environmental science and holds a BSc from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Resource and Environmental Management from Dalhousie University. She hopes to use education as a pathway to help people integrate sustainability practices in their lives. Kareina believes that individuals making small choices in their everyday life combined with support of larger initiatives can be a powerful force for change.

Scott MacPhee
Sustainable Transportation Demand Coordinator


Scott has over 10 years experience in the active transportation field as a facilitator and program coordinator. He is an avid cyclist and is very active in the Nova Scotia cycling community, sitting on the Boards of Bicycle Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Bikeways Coalition (Chair) as well as volunteer positions with Bike Again! Community Project and the Halifax Cycling Coalition. Scott also works at Cyclesmith. His main means of travel is by bike, but will not pass up the opportunity to try other forms of sustainable transportation.

Arunima Verma

Communications & Administration Officer


Arunima is the Communications and Administrative Officer at the Office of Sustainability, and has a background in social media management and content creation. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with nature, dancing, and learning about sustainable practices in the business world. As a 3rd year Environmental Engineering student, she strives to be part of the solution and bring new perspectives to practice sustainability.