In 2017, Mayor Luke Bronin established the City of Hartford Office of Sustainability to advance our economy, improve public health, and promote social equity through environmental stewardship initiatives. Sustainability Coordinator Shubhada Kambli leads the Office, and she is joined by a Green Infrastructure Team. They collaborate closely with other city agencies, including the Department of Public Works, the Department of Development Services, and Hartford Public Schools, as well as other community partners.
The Office works with the City’s Climate Stewardship Council, which is the city’s sustainability task force, to lead Climate Stewardship Initiative. The success of Hartford’s Climate Stewardship Initiative depends on individuals like you working together to make Hartford a global leader in environmental stewardship.
The Office, located in City Hall, is funded exclusively by the generous support of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Partners for Places, and UConn’s Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation.
SUSTAINABILITY COORDINATOR SHUBHADA KAMBLI
For the past ten years, Shubhada Kambli has led results-driven climate change and neighborhood revitalization programs at the local, state and federal levels across the country. She specializes in creating strong educational outreach and conservation training programs for diverse audiences. She has also built multiple successful, data-driven initiatives in New England, the Midwest, and the Southern United States. Educated at Wesleyan, Tufts, and Harvard, Shubhada has advanced academic training in environmental health, design, and policy. Email her here.
GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE ASSISTANT GRACE YI
Grace Yi is a recent graduate with a passion for sustainability and public policy. Through her past internships and academic work, she has developed experience collecting and manipulating geospatial information, observing and examining connections between the environment and its residents, as well as recognizing and resolving the issues vulnerable populations may face. Grace holds a B.S. in Environmental Science with minors in Geography and City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Email her here.
GRADUATE INTERN KARTIK DUBEY
Kartik Dubey is pursuing his MBA from University of Connecticut, with a specialization in Business Analytics and Finance. Kartik has a Bachelor of Engineering from Devi Ahilya University, India, with a specialization in Electronics & Instrumentation. After graduation, he worked at Larsen & Toubro as an Engineering Manager. At L&T, he led planning and procurement for a $75m Waste Water Treatment Project and looks forward to applying his skills and experience to energy projects in Hartford.
UNDERGRADUATE INTERN WANJIKU GATHERU
Wanjiku (Wawa) Gatheru is a third-year student majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Sustainable Community Food Systems at the University of Connecticut. Passionate about creating a more inclusive environmental movement, Wawa believes in the support and upliftment of culturally-competent, community-based sustainability solutions. At UConn, she serves as the student body VP, intern at the Office of Environmental Policy, and co-founder of the UCAFE initiative, the first ever food pantry project on campus.