GreenBiz selects 3 Indians in ‘30 under 30’ sustainability experts list


India CSR News Network

Oakland (California): Prerna Chatterjee (26), a Sustainability Specialist at multinational chemicals manufacturing corporation BASF in New Jersey, has been named as one of the ‘30 under 30’ people to watch in 2016 in sustainable business by GreenBiz Group, a leading media and events company in corporate sustainability.

sustainability_PPP_graphic_rightThe other two Indians in the list are: Washington-based Divya Natarajan (28), Senior Project Manager at Paladino and Company, and Atlanta-based Nikishka Iyengar (27), Sustainability Strategist at Rubicon Global. GreenBiz’ 2016 list highlights ‘individuals to watch’ for breaking new ground in green business. These individuals are making a difference in areas as diverse as renewable energy and green building, the circular economy and supply chains, resilient cities and transportation, chemicals and health care, agriculture and finance.

At BASF, for example, Prerna (26) helps businesses and customers in creating value through sustainability. By using extensive research and industry interactions, she helps construct and map value chains, analyze and prioritize issues, industry trends and benchmark those among competitors on the basis of sustainability. In this way, she helps businesses navigate, identify opportunities and address pertinent concerns. She also hosts monthly webinars called $u$tainability Win$, where she brings in speakers from leading businesses, NGOs and trade organizations to talk in-depth about industry trends, opportunities and challenges.

Prerna, in her acceptance speech, said, “I am delighted to be a part of such an illustrious company. This recognition will spur me to introduce my sustainability learnings in India, my home country. Many industries around the globe continue to pollute the environment, causing serious environmental concerns. We need more hands on deck. I will do all that I can to bring sustainability to the forefront and encourage millennials to engage in sustainability.”

The 30 awardees work at corporations such as Apple, BASF, JetBlue and Steelcase; at startups including Building Robotics, Kuli Kuli and Etology, and at nonprofits including CDP, Ceres and Greenlining Institute. They hail from more than a dozen US cities, including Atlanta; Grand Rapids, Mich.; New York City; Orlando, Fla. and San Francisco. Their titles include engineer, founder, CEO, consultant, manager and director. They represent the full potential of sustainable business to transform companies, consumers, value chains and systems of commerce.

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