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Meghna Tare

Sustainability Expert


Professional Profile

I am the Executive Director for the Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact at the University of Texas at Arlington where I work collaboratively with faculty, staff, the student body and community members to address opportunities to promote sustainability in several areas including greening facility operations, promoting innovative research, supporting and encouraging student initiatives, implementing an environmentally and sustainability-focused curriculum. I recommend policies and strategies to advance the university’s commitment to being leader in campus sustainability as outlined in the strategic plan. I am a passionate and decisive change agent with proven success driving results, building teams and managing complexity in fast moving environments. I have a strong track record for setting ambitious goals, guiding strategies, developing and executing plans. I am Effective and inspiring communicator, trusted team player and relentless optimist who enjoys building strong relationships and partnerships.

I live in Allen, Texas with my husband, and twin boys who keep me humble. I enjoy cooking, reading, and have a sunny and positive attitude about life and all of its adventures.  I love to travel and explore world cultures and dream about hiking Machu Picchu and backpacking in Patagonia someday.  I do love my job so every day is perfect for me! But the monotony of routine drives me insane, so I am always looking for something new, adventurous, and challenging in life.

This quote by H. Jackson Brown Jr. aptly describes the principles by which I try to lead my life.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”


  • Name: Meghna Tare
  • Email: meghnatare@gmail.com
  • Phone: (510) 364-8278
  • Current: Executive Director at Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact
  • Nationality: United States



  • ISO 14001
  • Sustainability Reporting
  • Environmental Management Systems
  • Environmental Science
  • Carbon Footprinting
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Waste Management
  • Carbon Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Sustainable Business
  • Urban Planning
  • Leadership
  • Green Building
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Environmental Policy
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Environmental Education

    Certifications and Appointments

  • Board of directors for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the leading association for enhancing sustainability at colleges and universities in North America. The purpose of the Board of Directors is to advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the governance and general promotion of AASHE so as to support the organization’s mission and needs. The appointment is for three years 2018-2020.For reference Click Here
  • Board of Directors for the Transportation Choices For Sustainable Communities, Research and Policy Institute.  The Institute studies and evaluates the ways and means of creating more life-affirming transportation systems and disseminates this information to both the public and decision makers. Transportation Choices also partners and collaborates with academics and advocates as well as city planners, engineers, architects, public health planners, and allied professions to illuminate the central role that sustainable transportation plays in the vibrancy of communities.  The appointment is for four years 2018-2021.
  • Named to the Committee on Economic and Social Sustainability for Airports
    by the Transportation Research Board. This Board is one of seven program units of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and provides independent objective analysis and advice to the nation to help solve complex problems and inform policy decisions.The term of appointment will be from 06/01/2017 to 06/01/2018. For Reference: Click Here
  • GRI G4 Certified Sustainability Reporting | ISOS Group
  • Registered Environmental Manager | National Registry of Environmental Professionals
  • ISO 14001 Lead Auditor | RABQSA International Accreditation Program
  • ERM CVS Implementation and Evaluation of Environmental Management Systems | RABQSA International Accreditation Program


Institute for Sustainability & Global Impact

Founder | Executive Director

Feb 2015 - Present
The Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact aims to foster sustainable communities by focusing on the natural, built, economic, cultural and social environments. It also unifies and integrates environmental improvement approaches across campus.  UT Arlington is also part of a larger community of North Texas, which is rapidly growing and facing challenges like poor air quality, constrained water supplies, energy demand and lack of transportation options. The Institute’s mission for addressing the challenges of sustainability builds upon four cornerstones of Education and Outreach, Strategic Planning, Research, and Operations  with a goal to collaborate with businesses, government and communities to solve these problems and offer solutions.

My responsibilities include:

  • Long term strategic planning of goals and objectives for the Institute
  • Plan and manage projects for the Institute including cost estimation, operations, and management.
  • Participate in the marketing and outreach initiatives for programs, recruiting students and coordination of Institute activities in collaboration with the advisory committee and stakeholders.
  • Review course offerings and make recommendations as appropriate
  • Enhance visibility and impact through community engagement, foster innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity.
  • Reports progress to key stakeholders, engage in speaking and presentation opportunities.
  • Strengthen collaboration with corporate and nonprofit sectors and compete for new projects and funding opportunities.
  • Reports progress and activities to key stakeholders, engage in speaking and presentation opportunities.

University of Texas at Arlington

Director of Sustainability

2010 - Jan 2015

  • Developed the first GRI report for UT Arlington
  • Initiated/coordinated programs related to energy efficiency and conservation, recycling and waste reduction (20% increase in diversion rate), toxic minimization, campus master planning, sustainable building design and construction, transportation, green purchasing, curriculum development, and green teams
  • Developed short term and long term strategic plans, drives environmental policy and compliance across the entire campus
  • Represents UTA in thought leadership opportunities externally and serves as spokesperson on environmental and sustainability matters in the North Texas Community.
  • Managed education and outreach programs for the Office of Sustainability, partnership and collaboration to support strategies, engagement and approvals

City of Dallas

Sustainability & Environmental Manager

2007 - 2009

  • ISO 14001 implementation
  • Lead for projects of Dallas Sustainable Skylines Initiative- a collaboration with EPA Region 6 and North Central Texas Council of Governments
  • Developed the Sustainability Action Plan for the City, design and implementation of Green Building Policy
  • Project with ONCOR on offering energy rebates and incentives for residents of Dallas
  • Coordinated stewardship/education/training and outreach programs, training employees
  • Budget development and strategic planning
  • Sustainability projects including promoting water conservation through rainwater harvesting rebate program with the Dallas Water Utilities (DWU), use of wind and geothermal energy for the City facilities

Union of Concerned Scientists

Climate Change Consultant

Jun 2005 - Aug 2005

  • Designed UCS database on the projected impacts of climate change in California
  • Conducted research to estimate the impact of climate change on wildfire risk potential for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
  • Presentation of results at the Governor’s Conference on Climate Change, Sacramento, CA



Women of the Decade in Corporate Social Responsibility

The award was conferred at the Annual edition of the Women Economic Forum (WEF) in New Delhi in April 2018.The Women  Economic Forum is a global conference of the ALL Ladies League to foster empowering conversations, connections and collaborations among women entrepreneurs and leaders. With over 500+ chapters and over 70,000 members across 150 countries, WEF empowers women to expand their business opportunities and increase their global influence through peer exchange and networking.


Finalist -Sustainable Leadership Awards

 Green Source DFW Sustainable Leadership Awards, hosted by the Memnosyne Institute, honors sustainable leaders in the nonprofit, municipal and business sectors of North Texas. Green Source DFW works to advance the environmental movement in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by promoting: green living, sustainable practices,  nonprofit environmental organizations, eco-friendly green businesses, environmental education, scientific information, public policy discussions, and socially responsible investing.


Presidio Graduate School

MBA in Sustainable Management

San Jose State University, CA

Masters in Environmental Studies

2004 - 2006
University of San Francisco

Masters in Chemistry

2000 - 2002
Nagpur University, India

Bachelors in Environmental Studies and Chemistry

1994 - 1997



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