Please tell us about yourself

Shraddha Sawant is a passionate environmentalist from Pune, India. She moved to the U.S. in 2015 to pursue her Master’s in Environmental Sustainability from University of Pennsylvania. She is currently working as an Environmental, Health and Safety Specialist with an electronic waste recycling company based in Philadelphia.

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How did you end up in such an offbeat, unconventional and fascinating career?

Shraddha’s journey in the field of environmental science and sustainability began at a very young age of nine — when she embarked on her trekking adventures in the Himalayas. The beauty of these unique ecosystems inspired her to pursue a career in protecting and conserving these habitats.

She received her Bachelors of Environmental Science degree from University of Pune in India (Fergusson College). Alongside, she continued to pursue her hobby of trekking and travelled to diverse ecosystems across India to study the ecology and conduct socio-economic surveys in the nearby communities. For these studies, she was awarded a diploma in Sustainable Management of Natural Resources & Nature Conservation by the Ecological Society of Pune.

How was your experience at UPenn?

Shraddha began her sustainability studies at the University of Pennsylvania to gain a management perspective on the environmental issues. At Penn, she combined her love for food and her background of environmental sciences to better understand the impacts of industrial food systems. Her master’s thesis focused on the triple bottom line impacts of industrial food supply chains and provided assessment tools to build a closed- loop food value chain.

Shraddha plans to continue her journey in this field and aims to drive sustainability initiatives in businesses and the society to build climate-resilient communities.