Carbon Map & Cap™
CERE’s Carbon Map & Program is designed to help companies measure manage and mitigate their carbon footprint while helping them meet the challenges and opportunities associated with Global Climate Change.
Whether you’re a business with a national presence or an SME with a single office, CERE can help companies meet the challenges of Sustainability and CSR while ensuring that businesses make the most of new opportunities.
CERE promotes environmental education across all institutions and communities. Our educational programs and activities, don’t just help raise awareness but strongly promote the need for personal initiatives and social participation to achieve sustainability.
SP Infocity Pune Biodiversity Island created by CERE has won the second prize as most eco-friendly garden at 35th Fruit, Flower & Vegetable Exhibition organized by Pune Municipal Corporation.
CERE project Schools for Solar won Runner’s Prize at the Enterprise Dubai 2014 Business Plan Contest.
Award for Excellence: Product for Surya Aranya at the Solar Energy Awards 2014 organised by Thought Leaders International.
Our Core Team
Dr. Rashneh N. PardiwalaFounder & Director
Dr. (Ms.) Rashneh N. Pardiwala is an Ecologist from the University of Edinburgh having specialized in the field of Climate Change. She has worked as an environmental scientist and consultant on a range research projects in India and abroad and has many publications to her credit. In 2005, she was recognized as one of the youngest ‘Social Entrepreneur for Change’ and was awarded the Ashoka Fellowship. In 2009 in Tokyo Japan, Dr. Pardiwala was selected as one of Asia’s 21 Young Leaders and conferred the Asia Society Fellowship. In 2011, she was selected from India as a participant at the Swedish Institute Management Program with corporate responsibility and sustainability as an all-embracing focus. In 2013, Rashneh was awarded the Ford Fellowship to undertake an intensive study program entitled Developing Community Leaders in partnership with the Picker Center for Executive Education at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Mrs. Kitayun RustomCo-founder
Mrs. Kitayun (Katy) Rustom, the co-founder of CERE, began her career as a school teacher at the J.B.Petit School for Girls. She was the co-founder of the Dahanu Taluka Environmental Welfare Association (DTEWA) an organisation that is well known for its environmental victories through various litigative strategies. She has been on several government appointed committees and bodies and is currently on the board of Mumbai Metropolitan Region – Environment Improvement Society (MMREIS). In 1999, she was one of the 6 Indian Environmentalists selected by the Environmental Law Institute, Washington DC. In 2005, she was awarded the Ashoka Fellowship. Katy Rustom has also organised several teacher training workshops and developed and authored learning materials for Environmental Education. Katy is currently Head of Education Services and Publications at CERE.
Ms. Janjri JasaniHead of Sustainability Services
Janjri has graduated with a Masters in Environmental Protection and Management from the University of Edinburgh and is currently working with the CERE as a Senior Researcher and Project In-Charge of the Carbon Map & Cap Project. Her interests centre on Climate Change science, sustainable development & urban solutions to environmental issues. She also has a BA in Biology with a focus on Evolutionary Biology from Northwestern University in Chicago. She is interested in the role environmental education can play as a solution to local and global environmental issues. Janjri is currently Head of Sustainability Services at CERE and has co-authored a number of CERE publications.
Mr. Vipul S KumarResearch Assistant
After completing his B.Tech in Biotechnology from JIIT, Noida, Vipul worked as an Associate Software Engineer with Accenture. While studying, Vipul collaborated on various research projects in Bioinformatics with publications in national and international journals. A passionate change maker, he has volunteered with many not-for-profit organizations like WWF-India, PETA India and Cheshire Homes. Being a data visualization enthusiast, he works on data analysis and visualization, developing interactive educational aides and enhancing learning resources and publications with graphics.
Ms. Aishwarya K.S.Research Assistant
A post graduate in Environmental Studies and Resource Management from TERI University, Aishwarya is passionate about all things related to environment. She is an avid learner and believes in the need to constantly evolve in this field. She completed a BSc. in Environmental Sciences from Pune University to supplement her childhood interest in environmental issues. She has worked in green building certification projects prior to joining as a researcher with CERE for our Urban Afforestation Project and corporate sustainability division.
Ms. Ramya RamnathResearch Assistant
Ramya has graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Education from Hamilton College, N.Y. She has focused on providing education opportunities to low-income families. Her interests lie in harnessing the effectiveness of technology to provide quality education on a large scale, specifically to populations who do not have access to reliable education. She has worked in curriculum development with the Common Core, a D.C.-based non-profit. Ramya is currently working on the CERE project to promote Financial Literacy in Schools across India.
Mrs. Avanti MehtaConsultant
Avanti Mehta has a degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Maine, USA and has trained in Captive Breeding of Endangered Species at the Durell Conservation Learning Centre, Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust, UK. She has had vast experience planning and working at large zoos like the Mumbai Zoo & Sudarvan in Ahmedabad. Avanti has worked as a naturalist across India & Nepal and with the Indian Institute of Public Administration (Delhi) in association with the World Bank to design Eco-Development plans for Protected Areas in India.
Mr. Sameer NeveResearch Assistant
Mr. Sameer Neve has completed his Bachelor’s in Environmental Engineering and is pursuing the Master’s in it as well. Besides being an Engineer, he has avid interest in photography, film-making and sports. He has worked with the Kolhapur Municipal Corporation as a Project In-Charge and is a certified Climate Leader by The Climate Reality Project. He is also a certified internal auditor for ISO 14001, ISO 14064, ISO 18001 and ISO 50001. Biodiversity, Renewables and Climate Change are his areas of interest. Sameer has also contributed to Marathi print media.
Ms. Nidhi JoshiResearch Assistant
Nidhi Joshi has received the M.Sc. degree in environmental studies and resource management from the TERI University. She did her master thesis under the project “Land use related biodiversity” sponsored by the German academic exchange service (DAAD) at the University of Freiburg. She also worked in Mid Himalaya watershed project in Himachal Pradesh financed by the World Bank. She is passionate about forests and their conservation. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in forestry honours from Dr Y. S. Parmar university of Horticulture and forestry.
Ms. Noopur SinghIntern
Noopur is pursuing MBA (PG) in forest management from Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM). She did her Bachelors in Electronics and Communication engineering from RGPV University. Her areas of interest include Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Sociology. She also actively participates in street plays to spread awareness about the environment and climate change. She has joined CERE to work on the Urban Afforestation Project.
Mr. PV Naga PrasanthIntern
Prasanth is pursuing MBA (PG) in Energy & Environment at Symbiosis Institute of International Business. While studying, he has been actively involved in training and workshops on solar power plants. He has joined CERE as an intern to work on Schools for Solar project helping schools run on solar energy and educate students about green energy. After completing his Bachelor’s in Electronics & Communication Engineering, Prasanth worked as Assistant Systems Engineer with TCS for 2 years.