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Madhavi Venkatesan MELP'16

Presidential Appointee

Madhavi VenkatesanMadhavi Venkatesan earned her PhD, MA, and BA in economics from Vanderbilt University. In 2016, she graduated summa cum laude from Vermont Law School with a Master's in Environmental Law and Policy (MELP). She is presently a full-time faculty member in the Economics Department at Northeastern University and teaches the Environmental Economics and Markets course at Vermont Law School. She has written and lectured internationally on the topic of sustainability specific to economics and was the Fulbright-SyCip Distinguished Lecturer to the Philippines in 2017. She has written three introductory economics textbooks under the series A Framework for Sustainable Practices and in August 2019, her fourth book Sustainable Economic Growth and Decent Work for All was published. Madhavi is presently under contract with Routledge to write SDG12: Responsible Consumption and Production and her text, Economics of Sustainability is scheduled to be published by Springer in late 2020.

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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