This seminar will feature researchers and practitioners working on sustainable cities in the US and India. Attendees will be inspired to envision a field experience for undergraduate students at Princeton across multiple disciplines. 

Panelist Bios

Anu Ramaswami, Ph.D., is a professor at Princeton University in the departments of India studies, civil and environmental engineering, and at the High Meadows Environmental Institute. She is an interdisciplinary environmental engineer recognized as a pioneer and leader on the topic of sustainable urban infrastructure systems. Her work explores how seven key sectors - that provide water, energy, food, buildings, mobility, connectivity, waste management and green/public spaces – shape human and environmental wellbeing, from local to global scales. Ramaswami’s work integrates environmental science and engineering, industrial ecology, public health and public affairs, with a human-centered and systems focus. She is the inaugural director of the M.S. Chadha Center for Global India at Princeton University, the lead principal investigator and director of the National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported Sustainable Healthy Cities Network, and serves on the United Nations Environment’s International Resource Panel, the US NSF’s Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education. She received her B.S. in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in Chennai and her Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Angie Fyfe is the Executive Director of ICLEI USA. Angie’s strategic vision for the organization is to create exceptional value for ICLEI local government members, partners, and funders by harnessing the power of the ICLEI network and the deep expertise ICLEI has developed since it was formed. With a focus on climate finance and the implementation of the Paris Agreement, she aims to weave health and equity considerations into ICLEI USA offerings based on her interest in human-centered design. Angie is a LEED AP O+M and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Finance. With a wealth of sustainability leadership experience, she actively advises the City of Denver on its climate action agenda as a member of the Denver Mayor’s Office of Sustainability Advisory Council. Her former advisory positions include the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant sub-committee, appointed by the U.S. Department of Energy to advise Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, the University of Colorado Denver speakers’ bureau Wirth Chair Sustainability Series, and the Women in Sustainable Energy non-profit. In 2014, the Denver Business Journal named her one of Colorado’s Top Women in Energy.

Ashish Rao Ghorpade is the Deputy Director of ICLEI South Asia. He is an Architect, Urban and Regional Planner working in the development sector since 2002. Ashish has been working with Indian cities and believes that influencing the urban transport and urban built environment for low carbon development can go a long way in making cities more livable and sustainable. Currently at ICLEI South Asia, Ashish manages ICLEI’s urban planning, mobility and green buildings related initiatives in the South Asian region. Ashish also works as lead representative for urban planning, sustainable transport and green buildings related initiatives at ICLEI – South Asia. He has worked in various projects for cities supported by the European Commission, BMU and GIZ Germany, Asia Pacific partnership Program funded by US-DOS, USAID, Climate Works Foundation, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, British High Commission, GGGI and city members of ICLEI, various state governments and the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India.

Who can attend?

Open to the public and the campus community.

Registration is required.