Advisor, Sacred Forests
A TED Fellow and an industrial engineer, who was working at Toyota in India when he met Japanese forest expert Akira Miyawaki, who’d arrived to plant a forest at the factory, using a methodology he’d developed to make a forest grow ten times faster than normal. Fascinated, Sharma interned with Miyawaki, and grew his first successful forest on a small plot behind a house.
Today, his company Afforestt promotes a standardized method for seeding dense, fast-growing, native forests in barren lands, using his car-manufacturing acumen to create a system allowing a multilayer forest of 300 trees to grow on an area as small as the parking spaces of six cars — for less than the price of an iPhone. Afforestt has helped grow forests at homes, schools and factories. Sharma seen improvement in air quality, an increase in biodiversity — and the forests even generate fresh fruit. Afforestt is at work on a platform that will offer hardware probes to analyze soil quality, allowing the company to offer step-by-step instructions for anyone who wants to grow a native forest anywhere in the world.
Since the year 2019 Shubhendu has been spearheading the project Guru Nanak Sacred Forests all over the nation and in the diaspora as well. His experience, network, and skill in his work have expanded the Sacred Forests project to Pakistan, and soon it will land in the UK, Canada, and USA.
Convener, Sacred Forests
Charan Singh is a Mumbai based environmentalist who propagates offsetting our carbon footprint by planting forests using Miyawaki Afforestation Methodology. He started work on the Pal Miyawaki Forest in Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation at Tarapur on 5th November 2016. Today 25,000 trees and a rich biodiversity bear testimony to the success of Dr. Akira Miyawaki’s Methodology that guarantees close to 100% survival with 30 times denser and 10 times faster growth. This works out to an effective Return on Investment of over 3000%. Pal Forests Team has been directly involved in creating 13 forests with over 64,000 trees.
Charan Singh presented on “Brand Circularity for Business Value” at The Confederation of Indian Industry’s Waste to Resource: Adopting the Circular Economy Conference and on “Sustainable Maharashtra” Leveraging Partnerships to Accelerate Growth. He is greatly influenced by Shubhendu Sharma, Founder of Afforestt and is also closely associated with Dipen Jain and R K Nair of Enviro Creators Foundation. He strongly believes, “Every EcoSikh can create one Guru Nanak Sacred Forest”.
EcoAmritsar Chairman (India)
Gunbir Singh is the Chairman of EcoAmritsar, based in Amritsar, Punjab, India. Mr. Singh is also CMD of Bambino Holdings, President of the Dilbir Foundation, and Chairperson for the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF-India) in the Punjab state. In the past, Mr. Singh has presented his work to Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh of India on future visions of Amritsar. He has also worked diligently to represent Sikh interests on the Committee on Minorities with the National Planning Commission in 2011. Mr. Singh is a prolific writer and his works have been published in various newspapers, including The Tribune, Hindustan Times, The Times of India, The New York Times, The Sikh Review, among others. In his spare time, Mr. Singh enjoys listening to various types of music, hiking, and meditation.
Senior Energy Efficiency Expert
Gurneet Singh is Director at the Environmental Design Solutions (EDS) Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India. Earlier, he has worked as Sr. Project Manager and Sr. Energy Analyst. He holds a graduate degree in Architecture from Chandigarh College of Architecture, Chandigarh and is Masters in technology in Building Science from International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad. He has professional membership of United States Green Building Council (LEED AP BD+C, 2009) and Member of Council of Architecture (2002). He has headed several projects based on energy efficiency such as LEED: Green Building Certification Projects, GRIHA: Green Building Certification Projects, Energy Efficiency Simulation and Analysis, Daylight and Lighting Simulation and Analysis and successfully completed projects in various parts of India and abroad. He also held the position of a Technical Advisor at AIS Glass Solutions and as Software Developer at Brain soft Technologies