Be a Trimtab, is the maxim that guides us to play a tiny role in enabling transformative shifts to ensure the sustainability of our planet's natural resources.

[Trimtab; is a mechanism under the rudder that moves an entire ship]

vertiver about


Vertiver is a creative studio and strategy consultancy with deep expertise in sustainability. By applying visual thinking to the complex issues of climate change and sustainable development, we help our Clients engage their stakeholders more effectively. We work closely with researchers, policy makers, businesses, and development agencies to build effective communication and engagement tools for climate adaptation, climate change mitigation and resource conservation.


Tackling the massive environmental crises of our time requires collective action. At Vertiver, we seek to catalyze positive environmental and social outcome by empowering varied stakeholders with creative tools of engagement and action .


Our mission is to cross-fertilise ideas from the 'creative industry' with strategies from the 'development sector' so as to cut across domain boundaries and co-create multi-disciplinary tools that enable climate action and sustainability.

What We Do

Our services include advisory and strategy for sustainability initiatives, data and information visualisation, multi-platform storytelling through print, web, theatre, radio, film, brand development, program dissemination, event curation and building strategic partnerships.


Chhaya Bhanti worked in New York and San Francisco for over fifteen years in creative and management roles in advertising, branding and clean technology sectors before moving to India. She created Vertiver to provide a convergent platform in India that connects design and brand development to sustainability practices. Chhaya has served as Executive Vice President of Assouline Inc. in New York, a luxury publishing brand in the U.S, Vice President of One Sun Solar in San Francisco working with Paul Hawken and Jenine Benyus, Director of Marketing for Duggal Visual Solutions and Chief Strategy Officer for LumiSolair Inc. She holds an M.A in Communications from New York and an MBA in Sustainability from San Francisco. Chhaya is also the co-founder of Sanjhi, an Udaipur based NGO, which trains youth in media storytelling and sustainability. She is also the Co-founder of Iora Ecological Solutions.





Every individual is a Trimtab-an invisible force for immeasurable good. Vertiver is lucky to be comprised of many such Trimtabs, a group of indviduals who espouse the ideals of social and environmental sustainability. Vertiver Greenies(our collective nick name) are designers, branding folk and filmmakers who have chosen to give up the industries they were trained for – typically 'fashion' and 'media', and chose instead to apply their creative skills for a world that is kind and compassionate to all. We are grateful for the influences of Paul Rand, Charles and Ray Eames, John Berger, Marshall McLuhan, Gandhiji, E.M Schumacher, Donella Meadows, Buckminster Fuller, Paul Hawken, Sunderlal Bahuguna and James Turrell among countless others...



Managing Partner, US
Monica Alderette is an architect based in California whose work on sustainability spans across mobile technologies, renewable energy, energy efficiency, marketing and strategic planning. She currently serves as a founding member of the mobile app Prelimb, which guides users into growing individual and community gardens. Monica has a strong passion for visual storytelling and has been deeply engaged with Camp Reel Stories, a non profit institute that empowers young women through media training. In addition to her B.Arch, Monica holds an MBA from Presidio Graduate School.



Swapan Mehra is the CEO and Founder of Iora Ecological Solutions, one of the pioneering organizations in environmental finance and climate policy in India. Swapan has served as policy advisor to some of the key climate instruments in India and works extensively with businesses around the world to commit to forestry conservation through emerging carbon finance instruments such as REDD+ as well as his own initiative the Corporate Forest Responsibility that was co-created with Vertiver. Swapan serves as key advisor to Vertiver on climate mitigation and adaptation work.


Margaret Pott Hartwell
Margaret Pott Hartwell, an advisor to Vertiver, is a strategist, communicator, change agent and coach. As co-author of the book, Archetypes in Branding: A Toolkit for Creatives and Strategists (HOW 2012), Margaret was inspired by an Erwin Schrödinger quote: “Thus, the task is not so much to see what no one has yet seen; but to think what nobody has yet thought, about that which everybody sees.” She holds her MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School, her BA from UC Berkeley, and an advanced coaching certification from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.



Iora Ecological Solutions a firm Vertiver works closely with to accelerate sustainability, is an environmental finance, policy advisory and project development group. The company's mission is to enable sustainable development in India by promoting ecosystem conservation and low carbon technologies through customized financing and distribution models.Iora’s founding team comprises of professionals with several years of entrepreneurial and management experience in climate change mitigation through CDM and carbon financing, forestry conservation and renewable energy.


Sustainable Management is not just a concept. It is an integrated, applied approach to learning that sees problems as a whole and designs solutions that account for human, economic and environmental concerns. Presidio embeds sustainability into every course – from leadership to accounting, marketing to economics. Through our renowned Experiential Learning program, students apply sustainability frameworks and methods to real cases in large and small companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations.