Sophie Sarkar (she/her) is an urban planner, artist, and facilitator committed to ending systems of oppression, building bold relationships, nurturing imagination, and facing the climate crisis. Sophie has recently worked for Philadelphia's Office of Sustainability, addressing urban heat inequity in Philadelphia through community-led climate planning. In this role, she organized a team of residents, community leaders, and city agencies to actualize one of the first neighborhood-based heat relief plans in the US. She is also a Co-Founder/Director of the PGM ONE Summit for leaders of color in the environmental movement and a partner with the Avarna Group, with whom she facilitates trainings on equity, inclusion, and justice for environmental organizations. Sophie has an MSc in Urban Planning from the London School of Economics. She paints and writes about her ancestors and reverence for nature in her home studios in South Philly.

 

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Clip from WHYY’s “Movers and Makers”