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.

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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.

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

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Monica Alderette

Managing Partner, USA

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.

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Swapan Mehra

CEO and Founder of
Iora Ecological Solutions

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.

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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.
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Iora Ecological Solutions

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

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Presidio Graduate School

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.