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Simran Sethi

"Life is messy. Embrace the challenges and remember that clean lines and neat edges only really work in books."

How She Empowers Others

Simran Sethi is a freelance journalist, focusing on issues of social and environmental sustainability. The award-winning journalist is the Lacy C. Haynes Visiting Professional Chair at the University of Kansas School of Journalism, where she currently teaches a course on Media and the Environment. Simran is writing a book on the impacts of American consumption for Harper Collins and is the contributing author of Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy(Chelsea Green, 2007), the companion guide to the first PBS series on sustainable business Ethical Markets for which she served as host and writer. She was named an inaugural Goddard Fellow by New York University (September 2007) and is an Associate Fellow for the Asia Society (November, 2007).

Simran is a contributing environmental correspondent for NBC News and the co-host/ writer of Sundance Channel's environmental programming The Green. She is a featured commentator and former story consultant for the original series Big Ideas for a Small Planet, host of the interstitial business series Ecobiz, and creator of the Sundance web series The Good Fight, highlighting global environmental justice efforts.

Simran co-created, hosted, and oversaw all video and audio content for, the largest environmental website on the Internet. Under her management, TreeHugger won the 2006 Vloggie for Best Green Vlog. Lauded in Vanity Fair's green issue (April 2007) as the environmental "messenger,” Simran moderated a panel on building support for climate change action at the Clinton Global Initiative’s inaugural student initiative CGIU. She also hosted a forum on global warming with Nobel Laureate Al Gore for and created an audio podcast series for Gore’s non-profit, The Alliance for Climate Protection. Simran has been identified as a Variety magazine Woman of Impact (August 2007), and named one of the top Eco-Heroes of the Planet by the UK’s Independent (July 2007).

Simran has contributed environmental segments to the Oprah Winfrey Show and has been featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Today Show, and Martha Stewart Show, highlighting ways we can become more environmentally friendly. She is the “eco-expert” on the syndicated green home makeover show The EcoZone Project and recent host of Voom HD Network's social and environmental series Keep It Green on Equator HD.

Simran produced and anchored the news for MTV Asia, created and oversaw the MTV India news division, and developed programming for the BBC and others through her own production company SHE TV. She holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated cum laude with a BA in Sociology and Women's Studies from Smith College.