Grishma J.

Sustainability Manager
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About me

Grishma J.
Green Chemistry and Sustainable Industrial Technology

My employment

Sustainability Manager
Environment and energy
Medium-size business (50-249 employees)

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A day in the life of a Sustainability Manager in India

I am an environmental sustainability practitioner with over 10 years of experience in developing and managing both national and international projects

Briefly describe the organisation you work for

Specialised in land resource development and Eco Industrial Parks, organisation sustainability, production and value chains, waste management and alternative energy systems, Sofies offers a set of professional skills to public and private stakeholders allowing for sustainable economic growth.

What do you do?

I am an environmental sustainability practitioner with over 10 years of experience in developing and managing both national and international projects – primarily in developing countries, and funded by international organisations. My area of expertise lies is the fields of Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP), Industrial Symbiosis (IS), Eco Industrial Park (EIP) development and Waste Management - with a focus on e-waste, hazardous wastes, and air pollution, legislative tracking of the environment and waste sectors. I am currently based in Bangalore, India.

Reflecting upon your past employment and education, what led you to your current career choice?

This was always the direction I was hoping to head towards. And fortunately for me my education and employment network and connections enabled it.

Is your current job sector different from what you thought you would enter when you graduated?

Not really, but it has been a journey through a few different areas of work to get here.

Describe your most memorable day at work

Most days! Anytime you learn about something new and receive appreciation for the hard work you've put into a project.

What’s your work environment and culture like?

I mostly work from home - and travel to different parts of the country/world when required to carry out on-field assignments for specific projects.

What extracurricular activities did you undertake at university and what transferable skills did you develop through these?

I tried to join as many activities & sports as possible that would allow me to interact and meet with people from different backgrounds and areas of thought - this allowed me to expand my worldview and be open to learning.

What top tips do you have for York students preparing for today’s job market and life after graduation?

Explore all opportunities.. Don't head out with a very narrow idea of what job you would like to do or would excel in. Be aware of your strengths, but do not hesitate to learn from your weaknesses!

What topics from students are you happy to answer questions on?


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