About ERF

Environmental Resources Foundation (ERF) is a not for profit foundation, constituted under sec-25 of Company Law, to accelerate adoption of sustainable living, through work in communities. It is FCRA registered. Active since 2011, ERF has been working to expand its programs to build an ethic of sustainable living across communities. We want to engage and build many champions of sustainability across communities

We believe in growing communities with a sustainability focus to secure the future of tomorrow

Our Mission

 Accelerate adoption of long term sustainable solutions, conserving or enhancing environmental resources, applied to environmental and social problems with a strong blend of science, collaboration and on-ground action.


Our Vision

A future where societies grow sustainably

Our Leadership Team

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Vinod Kala

Director, Founder

Vinod has over 30 years of industry experience, focused on clean energy, sustainability, strategic management and finance. Over the years, he has helped launch a number of new businesses in clean technologies including renewable energy aggregators, sustainable farming, solar-powered water purification systems etc.


He founded Emergent Ventures India (EVI) in 1999 and launched the clean development business in 2004. Since then EVI has become globally recognized for its work in climate change mitigation and sustainable development, having completed more than 500 assignments across several geographies. He has been personally involved with incubation of several new businesses; design of renewable energy policies; development of new financing instruments; championing the cause of renewable energy, sustainable development, rural electrification, smart grid development, net metered solar water pumping programs etc.


He has been active in promoting new thinking in areas such as wind-solar hybrids, energy storage and utility anchored programs for solar PV and EV scale up, as well as solar water pumping, smart metering, energy efficiency, resource management, financial instruments and structures for scaling deployment of clean technologies .   


He has consulted with a variety of stakeholders such as national and provincial governments, banks and financial Institutions, corporates, think tanks and UN organizations. 

Snigdha Kala


Snigdha is a renewable energy finance professional with a deep passion for promoting sustainable development. She has been active in this space for about 10 years She has worked with a number of solar developers in India and also engaged development finance institutions and government bodies on several consulting assignments. Snigdha also founded a sustainable agriculture company, and has experience with challenges faced in remote areas. She has a masters in Biology from the University of Oxford, and an MBA from the Indian School of Business.

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Vipul Sharma


Vipul is an accomplished sustainability and development professional with extensive experience on Climate Change, Community Development, Watershed Management, Business & Biodiversity issues and Policy & Strategy Development especially formulating Corporate Policy & strategies aligned with Global Environmental Standards. He has more than 11 years of experience crosscutting across global knowledge sharing, implementing large field projects, capacity building and policy advocacy. He has worked with central & state governments, bilateral & multilateral institutions, NGOs and corporates. Some of his notable clients include MoEF&CC, ADB, World Bank, WBCSD, IMFN, Tata Steel, Tata Power, UltraTech Cements, Aditya Birla Group, Hindalco, Nokia. Recently, he has driven two Industry sector leaders -Tata Steel and UltraTech Cement Ltd, and a global conglomerate- the Aditya Birla Group, in adopting a Corporate Biodiversity Policy. He has also implemented some large grant-based projects on watershed management, community development, climate change and ecosystem-based adaptation in the Indian Himalayan Region.


He has conducted 40+ training programmes for corporates on Biodiversity Management & Sustainability. He has been invited as an expert speaker on various national & international forums and has successfully completed international assignments in the Philippines, Hongkong, Switzerland, Netherlands, France, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand and Sri Lanka.


He started his professional career with Clean Air Asia (Then CAI Asia) and later joined IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature (an UN observer body), where he has contributed immensely over the last10 years.


Vipul has a degree in B. Tech Mechanical Engineering from UP Technical University and an M. Tech in Industrial Pollution Abatement from IIT Rookree. Currently Vipul is pursuing PG Diploma in Environment Law and Policy from National Law University, New Delhi. In addition, Vipul has undergone many short term trainings on EHS, SIA, RS & GIS, CSR and Air Quality Management.      


He likes reading, travelling and is an avid wildlife photographer.

Our Partners

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Emergent Ventures (EVI)

our founding partner

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