Vivekananda sustainability conference

What is Sustainability?

According to the UN World Commission on Environment and Development: “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

In the charter for the UCLA Sustainability Committee, sustainability is defined as: “the integration of environmental health, social equity and economic vitality in order to create thriving, healthy, diverse and resilient communities for this generation and generations to come. The practice of sustainability recognizes how these issues are interconnected and requires a systems approach and an acknowledgement of complexity.”

Purpose of Conference

The global environment crisis has manifested itself in extreme climate events, impact on air, water, agriculture, livelihoods and many other dimensions of our ecosystem and threatens the sustainability of our human civilization if immediate remedial measures are not taken in multiple areas. A United Nations report on climate change considers this as “code red” for humanity. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) noted that persistent global emissions have now made it impossible to prevent a temperature increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius while our planet is getting irreparably damaged. The environmental crisis is already unfolding and worst is yet to come.

Vivekananda Sustainability Summit spread over 1 day will provide a valuable platform for exchange of views from eminent personalities, experts and thought leaders in various areas of environment impact and sustainability. The summit will bring key stakeholders together from government, corporate sector, academia, non-governmental organizations and civil society at large and will influence opinion makers, increase awareness about the environment crisis, mitigation strategies and roles of various stakeholders.

The conference includes sessions from eminent speakers, an expo demonstrating works of participating organizations working in various areas related to environmental sustainability and an awards ceremony. The awards ceremony will acknowledge and provide awards to various individuals and organizations who have tirelessly contributed notably towards the cause of environmental improvement. The selections will be made by an eminent jury through a credible process.1

Event Schedule


Timings Min. Program Details
09.00 to 10.00 hrs   Registration and Breakfast  
10:30 - 12:00 hrs Inauguration: Vivekananda Sustainability Summit Theme – Himalayan Sustainability and her impact on Indian subcontinent • Pujya Swami ChidanandSaraswati • Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni • Shri. Rajesh Pathak, IAS, Secretary, Technology Development Board, GoI • Dr. Anil Prakash Joshi, founder of Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization (HESCO), • Shri. SaketBadola, Director Rajaji Tiger Reserve and Conservator Gangotri National Park and Govind Wildlife Sanctuary • Dr. Rajesh Sarwadnya, Founder, Vivekananda Youth Connection Foundation Nancy Shah
12:15 - 13:00 hrs Is Green Hydrogen Really Green ? • Dr.V.K.Saraswat, • Member, NITI Aayog • Chancellor, JNU • Dr Ashish Lele Director of CSIR- National chemical laboratory Pune • Mr. Sourabh Mukherjee, Executive Director, Clean Energy and Sustainability • Mr. Anish De, Global Head - Energy and Natural Resources • KPMG • Mr. Vineet Mittal, Chairman, Avaada Group, Social Entrepreneur & a Sustainable Development & Climate Action Champion. Moderated by: Mr. V.K. Mishra
13:00 - 13:45 hrs EV Revolution: Way ahead for Sustainable transport In India • Sameer Yajnik, Executive Director, Electrodrive Powertrain Solutions Pvt, Ltd. (Ratan tata Founded & Promoted Company), • Mahesh Babu, CEO, Switch India & COO, Switch Mobility Ltd. • Sh. Amit Kumar Ghosh, Addl. Secy. Ministry of Road Transport and Highways GOI. • Shri. Hitesh Vaidya, Director of the National Institute of Urban Affairs Moderated by : Shri. Tanmoy Chakrabarty, Former Group Government Affairs Officer, Tata Sons
13.45 to 14.30 hrs Lunch


Timings Min. Program Details
14:30- 15:15 hrs ESG and Indian corporate Response Presentation on ESG in Tunneling by ABHIR Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd. • Ms. Tarika Kumar - Director ESG & Sustainability services EY • Mr. Gopal Aggarwal, CA National Spokesperson BJP for Economic Affairs Moderated by : Mr. PramitMakode, Co-founder Boston Center of Excellence
15:15 - 16:00 hrs Waste to wealth - Global challenges & opportunities of e-waste and Indian Response • Shri. Kunal Kumar, IAS, Joint Secretary and Mission Director – MoHuA, GOI • Dr. Sandip Chatterjee, Sr. Scientist, MEITY, GOI • Mr. Praveen Kumar Sood, Chairman, Regnant Energy Solutions • Mr. Praveen Nayak, CEO, Garbage Clinic & Infratech Pvt. Ltd. Moderated by : Mr. Ugrasen Singh Saumil, Managing Partner - Eikocircle
16:00 - 16:45 hrs Food security & Sustainable agriculture • Prof. PaulrajRajamani,Dean,School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University • Mr. Ritesh Chauhan, IAS, CEO, PM-FasalBimaYojana&JtSecy • Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, • Ms. Neelam Patel, Sr. Adviser Agriculture and Allied Sectors, NITI Aayog • Mr. Raj Madankar • Founder & President at Arranya Environment Organization, Nagpur, Maharashtr Moderated by : Mr. AayushiKetkar, JNU
16:45 - 17:00 hrs Tea - break / Expo and Post presentation visit
17:00 - 17:45 hr Spirituality and Sustainability ; Can Spirituality help in Climate Action ? • Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji • Pujya Swami ChidanandSaraswati ji • Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni Moderated by : Ms. KanchanTodi/ AayushiKetkar, JNU
18:00 - 19:00 hrs Valedictory Session: Role of Indian Youth in Climate Action • Hon’ble Minister Shri. Nitin Gadkari • Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar • Pujya Swami ChidanandSaraswati • Acharya Dr.LokeshMuni Dr. Rajesh Sarwadnya, Founder, Vivekananda Youth Connection Foundation Master of Ceremony Nancy Shah

Speakers OF 2022

vss speaker siddharth sharma
vss speaker Santishree-Dhulipudi-Pandit