TN Khoshoo Memorial Award and Lecture

ATREE is organising the annual TN Khoshoo Memorial Award and Lecture on December 1, 2017, in Bangalore. In its 14th year, the award will be presented to Mr Sonam Wangchuk, founder of SECMOL, who pioneered Ice Stupas for water conservation in the cold deserts of Ladakh. The famed educational reformer and sustainability advocate has been widely recognised for his work and was the 2016 recipient of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise.

A guest lecture by Anshu Gupta, Founder of Goonj and 2015 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee , on ‘Developing new/complimentary currencies for a sustainable’ future will follow the award ceremony.

The TN Khoshoo awards was Instituted by ATREE in 2004, in the memory of Dr Triloki Nath Khoshoo, India’s first environmental secretary and one of the founders of ATREE. The award honours mid-career academics and practitioners in the fields of environment, conservation, or sustainable development.

About the TN Khoshoo Memorial Award

The TN Khoshoo Memorial Award was instituted in 2004 to honour the legacy of the world-renowned environmental scientist, Dr. Triloki Nath Khoshoo. Dr. Khoshoo was first Secretary of the Indian Government’s newly created Department of Environment, in 1982. He played a significant role in the development of India's environmental policy. In the year 1996, along with Dr Kamaljit S Bawa, Dr Khoshoo founded ATREE.

The TN Khoshoo Memorial Award was started by the Khoshoo family and ATREE to honour Dr Khoshoo’s legacy. Through the TN Khoshoo Endowment Fund, the awards, each year, encourages and promotes individuals for outstanding achievements in the field of conservation and sustainable development. The fund is sponsored by Dr Khoshoo’s family, ATREE, the Ford Foundation, the Institute of Rural Research and Development (an initiative of the SM Sehgal Foundation), and other philanthropists. The award consists of a cash prize of Rs 100,000.

Khoshoo Endowment Committee

  • Mr Rajiv Khoshoo (Chair), senior vice president, Portfolio Management, Siemens PLM Software
  • Dr Kamal Bawa, Founder Trustee and President, ATREE; Distinguished Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts, Boston.
  • Dr Sharachchandra Lele, Senior Fellow, ATREE
  • Dr Jagdish Krishnaswamy, Senior Fellow ATREE
  • Mr Joss Brooks, founder, Pitchandikulam Forest Consultants
  • Dr Kartik Shanker, Director, ATREE