Simran Sethi is an award-winning journalist and associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications, where she teaches courses on diversity, sustainability and the environment, and social media for social change. Sethi is the founder of the new website WhatSustainsUs.com, an interdisciplinary exploration of the personal and cultural dimensions of transformation.
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Named one of the top ten “eco-heroes” of the planet by the UK’s Independent and lauded as the “environmental messenger” by Vanity Fair and an “environmental woman of impact” by Daily Variety, Simran has contributed numerous segments to NBC Nightly News, CNBC, PBS, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and “The Today Show” and has appeared on MSNBC, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Martha Stewart Show,” and the History Channel. Simran is the founding host/writer of Sundance Channel's environmental programming The Green and the creator of the Sundance online series The Good Fight, highlighting global environmental justice efforts and grassroots activism. She is committed to a redefinition of environmentalism that includes voices from the prairie, the inner city and the global community.
Simran is the contributing author of “Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy,” winner of the bronze 2008 Axiom Award for Best Business Ethics Book. She has written about sustainability for The Huffington Post, Metropolis Magazine, Mother Earth News, Oprah.com, and the Guggenheim Museum. She has been featured on NPR and is the host of the Emmy-award winning PBS documentary “A School in the Woods.” Simran has presented at institutions ranging from the Commonwealth Club and the Poynter Institute to M.I.T.; keynoted conferences including the 140 Character (Twitter) Conference, Bioneers by the Bay, the Green Business Conference and the North American Association For Environmental Education conference; and moderated panels for the White House sustainability symposium GreenGov and Clinton Global Initiative University.
Simran is a fellow in the Poynter Institute’s Sense-Making project, a Ford Foundation-funded program that is studying the integration of new media and democratic values. She also has served since 2008 as an associate fellow at the Asia Society. Simran holds an M.B.A. in sustainable business from the Presidio Graduate School and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in sociology and women’s studies from Smith College. She is the 2009 recipient of the Smith College Medal, awarded to alumnae demonstrating extraordinary professional achievements and outstanding service to their communities, the 2010 recipient of the American College Personnel Association Champion of Sustainability award for leadership on sustainability in academe and the 2011 winner of the National Education Association Mobile Project Award.
Additional information can be found at www.simransethi.com.
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