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Sarika Tandon has been an advocate for environmental and social justice for over 20 years in her work as a consultant, advocate, speaker, researcher, and writer. She has worked in various capacities in environmental and climate change advocacy, the local and organic foods movement, and green business.   Her primary motivation is to work towards racial and social justice and a more just distribution of environmental benefits in environmental, climate, and social change initiatives.


Sarika is Curriculum Director of the Racial Equity Leadership Lab, a collaborative racial equity learning space for urban conservation leaders within the North America Cities Network of the Nature Conservancy. She is an Adjunct Faculty member at Antioch University New England’s Graduate School of Environmental Studies, where she teaches classes on Diversity, Justice, and Inclusion, and Climate Justice and Equitable Adaptation.

Sarika was Co-Senior Editor and contributing author in the first iteration of The Field Guide to Conservation in Cities, a guidebook for practitioners doing urban conservation with communities of color and communities facing poverty.

As Whole Measures Program Director at Center for Whole Communities, Sarika led the development of Whole Measures for Urban Conservation, an equity-oriented planning, evaluation and community engagement focusing on justice and fairness, economic vitality, community engagement and community resilience.

ShSarika serves as co-advisor to Montpelier High School’s Racial Justice Alliance, is on the Advisory Board of the Vermont Coalition for Ethnic and Social Equity in Schools, and is a volunteer with the Montpelier Community Justice Center. She has worked with the Institute for Sustainable Communities on the development of the Resilient Vermont Roadmap to Resilience, a multistakeholder climate adaptation and natural disaster planning process.


Education & Training

Sarika holds a Master's degree in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability from Antioch University New England’s Department of Environmental Studies. For her Master’s Project she developed a practitioner tool to help integrate social justice parameters into climate adaptation planning processes entitled Race, Vulnerability, and Differential Impacts- Prioritizing Social Justice in Climate Adaptation.

She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, with dual Bachelors degrees in Peace and Conflict Studies and Conservation and Resource Studies. 

We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own – indeed, to embrace the whole creation in all its diversity, beauty and wonder. This will happen if we see the need to revive our sense of belonging to a larger family of life, with which we have shared our evolutionary process.
— Wangari Maathai