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.
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.
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.
Through my work, I hope to help people gain a deeper understanding of the world while making judicious and mindful decisions. To motivate, engage and impact is the key to taking the first step towards bringing about the change I wish to see in the world.
Design for me is a powerful tool for engagemment. Through my design practices I intend to generate powerful messages and raise the level of awareness and create collective consciousness among people which will not only benefit mankind but our environment too for the larger good.
My work has always taken inspiration from everyday objects, nature and life in general; driven by a sense of responsibility and aiming to connect people to their roots in this ever modernising landscape. I believe, that for people to lead a stress free life, they have to be gradually conditioned to appreciate and connect with the small things in life, rather than running after materialistic pleasures.
I wish for cities with clean air, greenery, nature at its best and healthy living. It’s definitely not too much to ask for. What can I do for my city’s health? Questions arise in many sensitive minds but quickly fades away as they are unable to see the larger implications of environmental issues in day-to-day life. Can design fill this gap? I believe it can. My design aims at spreading the right message to appeal to a larger audience and bring about positive behavioural change in society.
I am allured by this cosmic harmony. I try to mock it in my life and my work in my own minuscule ways. We have somehow managed to step out of this unity and develop a world that is lopsided. I’ll be elated if any efforts I make could contribute towards bringing that harmony back.
I believe that every life is valuable and has the potential to change the world. We, humans, hold tremendous intelligence and power to give ourselves a bright future and yet fall short of patience, temper, love and kindness. I intend to make mankind realise the greatest gift that they possess – the power of empathy.
To create meaningful change in the world, we first need to change ourselves. How can we get rid of war, violence and poverty when we continue to hate and punish ourselves? Someday I hope to spread love and compassion but before anything else I am learning to truly love myself.
I think that the key to a promising future lies not in innovation, intelligence, technology, but in education. For education liberates the mind and is the premise for progress. I hope to pioneer the cause of eduaction since it is fundamental in developing an attitude to tolerance and an awareness of other cultures and religion.
I would like to thank Vertiver for helping the District Administration in commemorating the International Day of Forests and Earth Day in Majuli. The constant support provided by you and your team and the designs inspired by traditional folk art of Assam has been outstanding. They have been used for the outdoor campaign to celebrate International Day of Forests on 21st March, 2017. Vertiver’s contribution helped in successfully marking these two days of international significance in the district. We look forward to collaborating with you in the future.
I take this opportunity to thank Vertiver creative agency for the designs and the film created for state’s campaign on International Day of Forests, 2017 launched by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam. We appreciate the designs that were inspired by the traditional folk art of Assam. The state’s flora and fauna along with the typography helped engage state-wide audience in Assam. We look forward to further collaboration.
Vertiver’s commitment to sustainability and to conservation work has been evident in both the design of the logo and in the research and design of the interpretation boards created for the Corbett Eco Falls. With your help we have been able to highlights features of the wildlife in this reserve in a creative and visually engaging form. We are happy to inform you that the logo you helped us develop for Pawalgarh Conservation Reserve has been adopted formally as the brand identity of PCR by the forest department
I appreciated the dedication to excellence exemplified by Vertiver; I felt they were very invested in the process to make the end product the best match for my business. I am very happy with the end product.
The Vertiver team created a superb brand identity and logo for the startup I founded. Customer service has been excellent–truly a collaborative experience. Highly recommended.”
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.
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.
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.