Anoosheh Oskouian, Ship公司总裁兼首席执行官 & Shore Environmental Inc., knew from an early age that she was destined to become a steward of environmental protection.
“I’ve always thought about the planet we live and what happens with where we live and how we take care of it,” Oskouian said. 这些都是我作为一个小女孩在成长过程中会思考的事情.”
“Sometimes you do things in life and you don’t know what your purpose was for walking the path you did. 然后，在后来的年纪，你意识到，哦，天哪，这可能就是原因，”她说. It was at this point Oskouian melded her career in engineering and passion for the environment to create Ship & Shore in 2000. 此后，该公司在全球范围内扩张, opening offices in the United States, Canada, Europe and most recently, China.
51岁的Oskouian是伊朗人，十几岁时来到美国. In Persian, her name means “eternal,” fitting since her life’s work is creating industrial processes to support a sustainable environment.
“我在革命发生之前很久就离开了这个国家. At that time, 我一直以为我会回到自己的国家, 但我已经把美国作为我的家很长一段时间了. As time went on, 以及女性在那里面临的障碍, 我想我比以前更能成为一个代言人.”
如果Oskouian留在伊朗，生活将会完全不同. “With all that I’ve seen go on there, I’ve often made the comment, ‘I probably would have been prosecuted a long time ago because I’m a very outspoken person and I believe in human rights.“我一直都是这样，甚至从很小很小的时候就这样了.”
Oskouian说:“我能做我在这里做的事情吗? Nope. 在这个特定的环境下，一百万年也不会. Would I ever want to go back there? I think not because I really made this my home and I’ve been here for such a long time that I am more of a foreigner anywhere else.”
她继续说，“如果我被留在那里，我想我活不了多久. I don’t think I would’ve been given the opportunity to do what I do here now if it wasn’t for being here. 美国确实是一片充满机遇的土地. You can stand on your own feet to make a future for yourself if you believe in yourself and are truly dedicated to doing what it is you want to do. 我不认为有很多国家能给你这样的机会.”
Oskouian’s dedication to human rights, community service and maintaining her ethnic heritage is what earned her the 2015 National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations Ellis Island Medal of Honor. “那真的是我一生中最难忘的时光. [The award] personifies the American dream and [was] truly a moment to pat myself on the back for having stayed true to what I wanted to do all along. It was an amazing experience.”
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“What we have done as a whole by becoming such an industrialized nation as well as many other nations, bob登陆电脑版确实影响了bob登陆电脑版所生活的环境,” Oskouian said, 注意到天气模式的变化, 空气质量和水位都是工业化的直接结果. However, she has noticed that there is a change in consciousness and concern and that motivates her work.
“我真的对打印机工作特别感兴趣. Everything we see around us in and all the beautiful visual arts and everything else that is done has a cost effecting the environment by the way of the fact that the printing always has some sort of a solvent involved,” Oskouian said.
She cited grocery store packaging as a common example of a process that results in air emissions. “When you go to a grocery store, everything you see is packed, whether it is your fruits, whether it is your produce, 不管是薯片还是面包袋,” Oskouian said. “你在店里看到的所有东西都是包装好的. Every single one of those packages takes a lot of effort to put together and at the same time, all of them require a lot of packaging in order to make it desirable to capture your attention.”
Consumers use products on a daily basis such as sunglasses and shoes that all have an environmental impact during production. Oskouian has tasked herself to collaborate with companies to use less volatile organic compounds such as glue to produce fewer emissions. Oakley Inc. 彩虹凉鞋是她众多客户中的一些.
“When people buy products, 他们不考虑这将如何影响环境, 这如何影响bob登陆电脑版呼吸的空气等等. 我的目标是让我接触到的每一个人, any manufacturer, any producer, 任何对环境友好的处理器，这样它们就不会造成污染,” she said.
“I think that as women in a male dominated industry and society we always have obstacles. As much as the outside world likes to think and portray that there’s equality between women and men, [there] isn’t,” Oskouian added. “你仍然会遇到许多核心的、自负的、男性主导的公司. For the longest time my business cards didn’t have my title on them and they always thought I was the engineering secretary that came along with a bunch of men to make the presentation.
“As a woman, 如果你是技术人员，你知道你在说什么, 你总是比其他走进房间的男人有优势. Especially in my field, there aren’t many women – I was almost going to say there aren’t any women – so I’m always referred to as ‘oh that woman that does that stuff.’ I take it as a compliment. If you know that there’s a woman out there doing that stuff then I am doing something to be noticed by,” she continued.
当被问及她未来的计划时, Oskouian said she wants to continue her efforts globally to lessen the environmental impact of industrialization to leave the earth in a sustainable place for generations to come. Her company plans to venture into the realm of combating water pollution in the near future.
Oskouian will also continue her work with various organizations that allow her to speak with budding female entrepreneurs “to encourage women to go into the engineering field” and to “use their brainpower as well as all else they have to offer. My goal has always been try to empower women as well as girls to try to get into a technical field.”
Carley Dangona, 2015, “Anoosheh Oskouian是环境保护的管理者” retrieved at http://lionessmagazine.com/anoosheh-oskouian-is-a-steward-of-environmental-protection/?utm_source=hootsuite