Madhavi Venkatesan on Economics, Climate Change, and Sustainability

 
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Madhavi Venkatesan is an academic economist and environmental activist. She earned doctorate, master’s and bachelors degrees in economics from Vanderbilt University, a master’s in sustainability and environmental management from Harvard University, and a master’s in environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School. She is presently an economics professor at Northeastern University.

In 2016, Madhavi established Sustainable Practices, a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission “to facilitate a culture of sustainability as defined by reducing the human-made impact to the planet and its ecosystems” within Barnstable County, Massachusetts and is the organization’s executive director. In 2019, Sustainable Practices initiated the Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban campaign. By November 18, 2019, 11 towns of the 15 that comprise Barnstable County, Cape Cod, adopted the Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban. As of spring 2020, Sustainable Practices filed the Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban in the remaining 4 towns and initiated the Commercial Single-use Plastic Water Bottle Ban campaign in the 11 towns that successfully adopted the Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban.

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