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The Planet's Battleground for Climate Change

MCSI Welcomes Divya Nawale for Green Speakeasy Series

PITTSBURGH (Jan. 29, 2021) — Asia and the Pacific are exceptionally vulnerable to the risks associated with climate change. At the same time, the region is also on track to become the world’s biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, making it a primary area of focus for the fight against climate change.

On Feb. 16, 2021, the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation (MCSI) at the University of Pittsburgh will welcome Divya Nawale (GSPIA ‘16) for a virtual presentation on “Asia -- the Planet’s Battleground for Climate Change.” Nawale’s presentation will follow her journey from Pitt to the Arctic, the Antarctic, and back to India, sharing her experience of how Asia is fighting climate change and embracing sustainable development.

Nawale was recently named among Asia’s top 20 women in sustainability for 2020 and currently works with the Asian Development Bank in the Philippines on clean energy and energy programs across Southeast Asia. In addition to this work, Nawale serves as an advisor for the non-profit Nirmaan in India, where she launched a climate action program that envisions engaging 10 million people in the coming decade. 

Nawale earned a Master of Public Policy and Management in Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) in 2016. During her studies, she served as a sustainability fellow for the City of Pittsburgh and helped draft the city’s Climate Action Plan. The Dean of the GSPIA, Carissa Slotterback, will open the talk with an introduction.

“Asia is one of the most important regions for the fight against climate change, so we’re thrilled to have a woman who is at the forefront of that fight come and speak with us about her work,” said Gena Kovalcik, co-director of the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation. “I hope this talk inspires us all to action and gives us the tools to support sustainable development.” 

The talk is part of the Green Speakeasy series sponsored by MCSI in partnership with the Center for Sustainable Business and GSPIA, and part of the Swanson School’s 175th Anniversary Year of Engineering Excellence. You can learn more and register for the virtual event at www.tinyurl.com/GSE-221.