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 justice and a more just distribution of environmental benefits in environmental, climate, and social change initiatives.
Sarika is Co-Senior Editor and contributing author of The Field Guide to Conservation in Cities, a guidebook for practitioners doing urban conservation with underresourced communities that focuses strongly on environmental justice principles and authentic community engagement with the North America Cities Network of The Nature Conservancy.
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.
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. Sarika serves on the Steering Committee of the Vermont Coalition for Ethnic and Social Equity in Schools, and is a volunteer with the Montpelier Community Justice Center.
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.