Greetings! I’m Tushar Narula, a dedicated Sustainability Advisor and Climate Change Expert on a mission to harmonize Environmental Social Governance principles with the world of value investments. My passion lies in catalyzing the transformation of organizations towards generating positive returns while fostering a lasting impact on society.
My journey thus far has been akin to the growth of a tree, cultivated during my upbringing in India. Being involved in sustainability and CSR projects since a young age instilled in me a profound connection with local issues within my community.
Expanding beyond local boundaries, I ventured into the realm of international sustainability standards, collaborating with esteemed research institutions. These experiences allowed me to paint the canvas of sustainability with diverse shades of valuable change and structured innovation.
Branching further into the professional landscape, I delved into the intricacies of smart city integration policy, offering consulting and advisory services. Engaging with multinational corporations has equipped me with the tools to infuse innovation into the landscape of growth.
At the core of my belief system is the conviction that sustainability and innovation flourish exponentially when nurtured by diverse thoughts and the intersection of various disciplines. I am an active participant in global climate networks and eagerly seize speaking opportunities to amplify the message of sustainable transformation.With a proven track record in sustainability, a knack for innovation, and a commitment to diverse collaboration, I stand ready to guide organizations towards a greener, more responsible future, where profitability and positive societal impact go hand in hand.
PM Narendra Modi sends a global message mentioning ‘fighting climate change to be a global movement’. 5 big announcements made on the global platform of COP26. Tushar Narula, Climate Change Expert shares his views with CNN-News18. Join the broadcast with
Connecting to the COP26 – UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Climate Exp0 showcased the latest thinking and most relevant international research in the run-up to COP26 around five key themes. The platform is shared along with the best policymakers, academics and students across the world, and harness the power of virtual collaboration to help deliver a zero-carbon, resilient world. The Research with Tom Gard empowers rural-based smallholder farmers for degradation mitigation, climate change adaptation and resiliency through a framework and the utilization of different principles of Agro-Ecology
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Led the discussion organized by G20 India’s official engagement group (Y20) on Sustainability as a collective goal for the youth. On International youth day, the conversation explored opportunities on how youth can drive change as the most significant contributors and accelerate action on topics such as sustainable living, renewable energy adoption, carbon markets, green finance and moving to net zero among others.
Was a guest speaker and panelist at the Youth Speak Forum organized by Aldar Youth Council and powered by AIESEC. The panel discussion on SDG11 sustainable cities and communities aimed to foster greater understanding and collaboration among key stakeholders from policy-making, educational institutions, entrepreneurship, and the private sector. The discussion topics also included green career guidance, sustainable urban planning and benefits of SDG aligned financing
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Selected as the student spotlight of the year 2020 by UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design for a multidimensional view of sustainability and the ability to interject city systems and proposed solutions through resilient design, urban theories, quantitative methods and policy analysis.
Chosen as one of the student profiles highlights for the year 2021 by Imperial College Business School for the area of interest in engaging impact capital through a holistic approach including the various levels of resource planning.
Selected as Forbes Under 30 scholar from University of California at Berkeley through the highlight of various leadership principles and sustainable business benchmarks showcased.
The business media company worked with schools across the U.S with strengths in different areas to ensure that 1000 diverse set of high-achieving students from many universities engaged in the program.
BeSmart – Smart Campus Solutions selected for the 10th annual UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design ‘CIRCUS’ student showcase.
The College of Environmental Design’s Circus is a platform for the showcase of outstanding student work. Circus is an opportunity for alumni, friends, and supporters of CED to come to Wurster Hall and experience the exemplary projects that our graduating students of Architecture, Landscape Architecture + Environmental Design, and City + Regional Planning
BeSmart: Smart Campus Solutions’ is a consulting firm that provides services to University campuses in order to holistically upgrade its infrastructure and take measures in multidimensional fields to improve their interaction with the campus community at various levels.
BeSmart creates Smart Area Plans (SAP’s) that engage orthodox campus spaces with sustainability, design, innovation and feasible technology in order to enhance the experience of the students and all other members of the campus community.
The mission of BeSmart is to holistically upgrade form and functionality of campus spaces and engage the community in multidimensional fields to re innovate the existing infrastructure.
Only Selected Delegate for the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design representing university involvements in the mutual corporation.
The 4th US-India Conference highlighted the bilateral and global opportunities available to the two countries and explore the areas of mutual cooperation in the new world order.
Only Selected Representative of University of California, Berkeley to showcase the interaction of smart technologies and campus spaces.
Smart Cities India expo has developed into Asia’s largest trade fair and conference on this subject, organised by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) & Exhibitions India Group. The expo featured key verticals that make up the smart city framework
The expo attracted the attention of government leaders, city administrators, public enterprises, urban planners, architects, social groups, influential individuals, industry experts, entrepreneurs, other countries, their diplomats and enterprises, ICT and other technology organisations, buildings, construction, energy, transportation, water industries, and all other disciplines and business involved in improving city infrastructure relevant to creating smart and sustainable areas.
Speaker at the global leadership conference hosted by the University of California for schools around the world. Topics of speech included vision making, scenario building and meeting management for the leaders of tomorrow.
Guest Lecturer for the graduating MTech. Class on the possible uses of renewable energy and off grid refrigeration to enrich the farming community of India.
UPES is India’s foremost specialized graduate, post graduate and doctoral programs in key areas such as Energy, Infrastructure, Transportation, Information Technology, Design, Planning & Architecture, Public Policy and Legal studies.
In the drastic scenarios created by COVID 19, The published article focuses upon equitable recovery as a holistic lens for Indian corporations to balance the immense short-term priorities and revitalize a healthy business ecosystem by using India’s diverse workforce to its advantage. It also highlights my devised Equitable Recovery Framework as a useful tool to improve an organization’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic and stitch the path to an equitable recovery through its internal functioning.
The published article focuses on organizational leadership. It describes it to be about value creation in domains of business, society, and our planet. The article highlights how flexibility and experimentation will become core components of leadership in the management of large home-based workforces and in the dire need to create a strong workflow and provide essential services, corporations have to take care of their strongest asset, i.e their human resources.
“And I thought of an equity fluent student who was no longer able to attend classes remotely due to weak internet service and my class now being held in the middle of his night — Tushar Narula. He had two choices when his exchange program was cut short due to this global pandemic and had to exit immediately to quarantine in his home country. He could wallow in frustration and sadness, and spin on how unfair the world is. Or he could think about what an Equity Fluent Leader would do. Brilliantly, and in one of the most pride-inducing experiences of my 18+ years teaching at Haas, he sent me an email with his strategy and said he “has been thinking about COVID and my class.”
Municipalities use Heat Vulnerability Indices (HVIs) to quantify and map relative distribution of risks to human health in the event of a heatwave. These maps ostensibly allow public agencies to identify the highest-risk neighborhoods, and to concentrate emergency planning efforts and resources accordingly (e.g., to establish the locations of cooling centers). The method of constructing an HVI varies by municipality, but common inputs include demographic variables such as age and income – and to some extent, metrics such as land cover. However, taking demographic data as a proxy for heat vulnerability may provide an incomplete or inaccurate assessment of risk. A critical limitation in HVIs may be a lack of focus on housing characteristics and how they mediate indoor heat exposure. To provide an objective assessment of this limitation, we first reviewed HVIs in the literature and those published or commissioned by municipalities. We subsequently verified that most of these HVIs excluded housing factors. Next, to scope the potential consequences, we used physics-based simulations of housing prototypes (46,000 housing permutations per city) to estimate the variation in indoor heat exposure within high-vulnerability neighborhoods in Boston and Phoenix. The results show that by excluding building-level determinants of exposure, HVIs fail to capture important components of heat vulnerability. Moreover, we demonstrate how these maps currently overlook important nuances regarding the impact of building age and air conditioning functionality. Finally, we discuss the challenges of implementing housing stock characteristics in HVIs and propose methods for overcoming these challenges.
The following feature focuses on addressing climate change through structures such as Agroecology frameworks published by Smart Farmer Africa. The magazine’s authority on farmer and agricultural community focuses on bringing collective action from the various stakeholders addressed in the framework. The framework promotes nature based solutions for accelerated climate action. The proposed development pathway has two main functions – the identification of key stakeholders activities and the design of a functioning adaptation mechanism.
Climate change has created rifts in the formal ways of farming in Kenya. The different methods used have less focus on the development of land sustainability and biodiversity. The recent pushtowards infrastructural development has threatened the farmed lands.
The Published paper proposes a framework consists of six crucial actions that can be adhered to and carried out in the form of a project. It would consist of the creation of model Agroecology farms, formal training of trainers (TOTs) programs, development of farmer outreach programs, design of biodiversity action plans, choice of community crop insurance scheme and project monitoring/evaluation.
Top 5 Indian Changemakers: Independence Day coverage for Anemia Free Nation Social Campaign on the diagnosing symptoms and testing of 900 people, 2016
Acknowledged by: Dr. Josue Tanaka
Client: Imperial College Business School
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The purpose of the fund will be to mobilize investing opportunities to support India’s Nationally Determined Contribution goals through external partnership development, a project focus on short to medium term mitigation potential and financial performance.
To achieve its goals India needs to mobilize a total of 2.5 trillion USD until 2030 but as of now has only been able to mobilize a quarter of that. However, India is an increasingly attractive investment target, with a large market, high predicted GDP growth, moderate risk levels and ambitious government targets.
For diversification purposes, three sectors were chosen, each with high mitigation potentials.
Within the energy sector our focus has been placed on renewables in order to support the NDC goal.
Acknowledged by: Dr. Colin Love
Client: Imperial College Business School
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Global hospitality chains have been a significant contributor towards the increasing threat of climate change and many societal issues, through their conspicuous consumption and ostentatious display. As one moves towards a sustainable and socially just world, it is important to holistically identify exposures around their value chain and mitigate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risks. Hence this research seeks to identify the core elements of the current ESG strategies, by deconstructing primary data through interviews with senior hospitality professionals and secondary data (benchmarking ESG policies) of 26,811 Properties of eight Major global hotel chains.
The findings were structured to provide insights, prioritizing actions distributed into four categories of the value chain (design, operations, engagement, investment). It further guides an ESG strategy framework as a management and planning tool highlighting a 3-stage pathway of ESG integration. It encompasses management actions and recommendations around all elements of the value chain.
The recommendations based on the three analysis methods are structured to guide the efforts of future proofing the business model. For valuable impact creation, the scoping of the recommendations are for global hotel groups with inefficient ESG elements and for the improvement of hotel management actions to address the weaknesses and take advantage of future opportunities. The ESG strategy planning framework highlights the 3-stage pathway of ESG integration in the group’s strategy.
Acknowledged by: Dr. Colin Love
Client: Imperial College Business School, Dolce and Gabbana
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Intervening into the intersections of luxury and corporate sustainability, this assigned hypothetical case looks at the systematic integration of a sustainable experience through the levers of:
The strategy is intended to positively impact the society and achieve long term financial returns
Acknowledged by: Mr. Enrico Biffis
Client: Imperial College Business School
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ESG metrics are a tool providing investors with standardized data on a firm’s environmental, social and governance performance (MSCI, 2017). They provide a supplementary measure for investors to assess the quality of an investment. They can facilitate investor risk management by: identifying non-financial risk exposure; indicating a firm’s proactivity and progressiveness in governance; and improving long- term capital allocation. Investors can also use ESG metrics to rank companies against ESG criteria to compare performance. To combat these risks, investors can use innovative AI-based ESG analytics tools such as Natural Language Processing (NLP) to measure climate risk disclosures by firms regarding location or size. Leveraging AI analytics tools allows investors to detect potential greenwashing by assessing a firm’s climate risk exposure and compliance with international reporting standards such as the Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).
Acknowledged by: Mr. Enrico Biffis
Client: Imperial College Business School, West Midlands Pension Fund (WMPF)
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WMPF’s mission is to manage the interests of its members, ensuring long-term growth and resilience. As climate and ESG-related risks and regulations grow, we understand that the fund’s strategy needs to be adapted to secure the future of our members’ pensions. This strategy aims to develop a proactive investment approach to ESG-related risks and opportunities.
WMPF’s 2021-2026 Sustainability Strategy will focus on 4 key areas:
Acknowledged by: Mr. Jeremy Fernando
Client: Imperial College Business School, Oracle
The net zero pathway design had the following components
Acknowledged by: Ms. Alyssa Gilbert
Client: Imperial College Business School, Government of Sweden
Multilevel governance and the integration of flexible response systems are postulated to become crucial in the advancement of climate action in the various socio-economic systems of a geographical region. The Nordic Kingdom of Sweden has been a constant top performer in the Climate Change Performance Index presented at the UN Climate Change Conference. Investigating the case of Sweden, I intend to discover the crucial role of governance in the successful advancement of climate action and critically reflect on the effective mechanisms developed to analyze its impacts. The paper is structured to provide research on the early starter advantage and climate risk identification strategies. I reflect on the different governance factors of adaptation and mitigation policy frameworks through methods such as knowledge sharing, target setting and budget alignment. My analysis of tax structures, economic and financial policies are aimed at providing a broader vision of the interaction with private stakeholders. Issues with climate governance such as local system adaptation, difficult industry transformation and parallel prioritization are identified to further accelerate the implementation of solutions such as risk sharing, adaptation update checklists and public transport connectivity. This is intended to strengthen the integration of climate action in the sociopolitical landscape.
Acknowledged by: Eric Cesal and Marcus Owens
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The combination of The Filter and The Monitoring Framework incorporate the green washing and negative practices to make sure that sustainability reporting does not provide a false sense of sustainability progress. The analytic tool incorporates all parts of the supply chain and to make sure that financial progress is done in an ethical, transparent and truly sustainable manner.
Acknowledged by Dr. Kellie McElhaney and Monica Armand
Client: Synack Consulting
The project dives into DEI consulting and addresses the issue of how to increase the number of women in the cybersecurity workforce; how to increase the number of women at the C-suite level and as conference presenters.
The project strategically creates a structured industry survey that focuses on women in cybersecurity & other DEI communities to address the lack of representation in the field With the 50-100 survey results, the team intends to inspire action & change in the cybersecurity space for women and other minority groups. It also creates various recommendations to improve upon the DEI of the structures.
Client: ARUP Consulting and Bridge Housing
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BRIDGE Housing is a real estate corporation that builds, owns and manages affordable housing in the Bay Area. My team and I consulted with a BRIDGE housing employee and an ARUP head to collaborate on a project to site buildings or lots suitable for transit-oriented affordable housing in San Francisco. We therefore decided to create a site suitability map, an analysis of essential services and a 3D TIN visualization to site a few parcels for our client.
Client: UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design
The project addresses the issue of How can investment firms and governments interact to improve/promote the sustainability of the local natural systems. It uses the methods of UN SDG engagement, Crucial CSR contribution and commitment to clean financing. It has four quantifiable ways to measure direct investments, implementation support, raising awareness and contribution towards climate and environmental projects.
Optimize smart city spaces model imitates the different technologies that encourages the use of renewable energy to make an economical and sustainable impact on an area. It has a specialized parking lot area that uses the energy released from downward and upward moving vehicles to produce energy. It uses the energy released through the Piezeo effect through movement of people. The unique energy capturing processes were acknowledged and encouraged for further implementation
Client: Department of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley
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The Urban Research, as a part of ENV DES 100 course at University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design provides the opportunity to engage with an urban issue and understand how it dynamically interacts with the physical and socio-economic nature of two neighborhoods. As the final format, the purpose of this document is to knit together the different aspects of the urban research conducted throughout the course of the semester. It narrates how they individually contribute towards the development of the issue in the two selected neighborhoods. This document also narrows down the impact of the issue to the dynamic nature of the neighborhoods and how it hampers the development of related industries. Finally, the document identifies the core problems and recommends the steps that can improve on the issue.
Memorandum for Stakeholders – Susan Lofthus, Chair of Water Committee
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The city of Stockton, as a county seat of the San Joaquin Valley, is located in Central Valley California has been a major agricultural land for years together. Due to its agricultural abundance. With a population of 310,496 in 2017, it comprises 41.6% of San Joaquin County’s population of 745,424 people. Stockton’s population is incredibly diverse, but also disproportionately faces economic hardship. The city faces a variety of issues such as poverty, crime, water troubles and faltering economic development. The topic chosen for the memo is one of the major threats and insecurities of the people of Stockton. The Groundwater/Water pollution in the firm agricultural land causes a variety of issues including equity, long term sustainability and security for the businesses and the citizens living around the area the lack of access to clean and safe water to the citizens causes various inequality issues and violates the newly codified Human Right to Water.(HRTW) The drinking water contaminated by the industrial by-products causes many low income communities to suffer. DUC residents are people of color who face the cumulative impacts from environmental contamination. The planning documents chosen for the assessment include the General Plan, Envision Stockton, Zoning Map, Water quality reports, Water Rate Study Report, USGS Groundwater Quality, Urban water management plan, Groundwater management plan, water rate study report, Eastern SJ groundwater basin management plan and private company reports such as Hydroviv
I CARE is a community service foundation that has focus on healthcare, women education and sanitation.
Offers services to the deprived children with social economic and psychological problems through non-institutional and community bases programmers. Main motive of this is to provide educational.
Women’s Health Care provides comprehensive, quality obstetrical and gynecological care with the warmth, responsiveness and accessibility of a community-based practice.
Anemia Free Nation (AFN) is a public health campaign which envisions a society free from anemia, the campaign is composed of camps where the AFN team tests the locals for anemia and provides treatment (for free) to people who turn out to be anemic. The camps mainly concentrate on women and children from the lower economic class.
For more info visit http://www.anemiafreenation.org/
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