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An Authority on Footprints: Projjal K. Dutta

posted Oct 21, 2013, 10:04 AM by Diana Rohini LaVigne

  • By Diana Rohini LaVigne
Projjal K. Dutta, Director, Sustainability Initiatives, NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority (New York, NY)

  • An Authority on Footprints

    Projjal K. Dutta

    Director, Sustainability Initiatives, NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority (New York, NY) 

    Award-winning sustainability expert Projjal K. Dutta is the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s first ever Director of Sustainability. He attended MIT and is a regular expert speaker on the environment.

    At his MTA position, he has two primary responsibilities which are to reduce the environmental footprint of the MTA and to verifiably measure the carbon benefits that accrue to the region, due to the MTA. In a carbon-constrained future this could generate resources.
    Dutta was instrumental in the measurement and verification of MTA’s carbon footprint and its registration with the Climate Registry. He has played a leadership role in the transit industry’s effort to quantify its carbon benefits. He has lectured at at Harvard, Yale and Columbia Universities and written extensively on the subject of ‘carbon avoidance.'
    This accomplished environmentalist has more than 20 years of experience in projects ranging in scale from urban to residential, with a particular emphasis on sustainable design. Before joining the MTA, he worked as a sustainable architecture consultant. He graduated from MIT; his award-winning thesis explored the construction of low-cost housing from waste packaging. His built projects have been featured in publications in the U.S. and abroad. With all his accomplishments, it is being an advocate for the environment for the future that he cherishes the most.
    His influences are just too many to list. “From everyday people that I work with to great men and women of history,” he said.
    Although Dutta is looking to minimize waste on most days, he has a luxury that keeps him busy too. He has 8 different coffee machines at his home. From coffee to carbon, Projjal K. Dutta knows his stuff and is someone who is making meaningful changes for the environment in New York City.
    For more information on his work, visit mta.info/sustainability or follow him on Twitter @projjal.