Shalini Gupta

Researcher | Writer | Speaker | Advocate


Bringing a historic and international lens to my life's work - I center ecological sustainability, community health, and social justice. I have over 20 years of experience encompassing research, policy advocacy, community education, facilitation, writing, and nonprofit start ups/management. My work is intersectional, with specific expertise in the fields of energy, climate policy, and environmental justice.


I work with foundations, funder networks, city and state government agencies, nonprofits, artists, and community based organizations to integrate a justice lens into environmental and climate programmatic work. 

Recent Consulting Clients:


Health & Environmental Funders Network
National survey design in collaboration with seven funder affinity groups, to increase funder engagement in climate, health, and equity (see
survey findings report).

City of Minneapolis
Policy facilitation, research and design of community-based City of Minneapolis Green Zones Council (see
policy recommendations report). Also strategic planning advising and retreat facilitation for Office of Sustainability.


University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Mentored graduate and undergraduate students on facilitation techniques for University wide events (International Women's Day).

Surdna Foundation, Sustainable Environments Program

Assisted in facilitation and research for Understanding and Tracking Organizational and Movement Progress Initiative. 

Racial and Environmental Justice Committee of Providence

Advising and workshops on integrating justice into city energy and climate policy (see City of Providence Climate Justice Plan)

National Audubon Society

Assisted in network-wide Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Assessment of chapters and state offices.

​I also work closely with artists and community groups working for environmental justice in Minneapolis/St. Paul area, Minnesota where I live. ​


Read some of my recent articles:

MN governor, leaders must act to save lives of state’s most vulnerable

Bearing Witness: A Story of Life in Chernobyl's Aftermath

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”  

― Arundhati Roy

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