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Projjal K. Dutta, is New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Director, Sustainability Initiatives. He is the first incumbent of this position. Mr. Dutta works toward two broad goals: 1) To reduce the environmental footprint of the MTA and 2) to verifiably measure the carbon benefits that accrue to the region, due to the MTA’s operations. The latter, in a carbon constrained future, could bring additional resources to the MTA and others like it. He was instrumental in the MTA’s carbon footprint being measured, verified and registered with the Climate Registry, the first transit agency of its size to do so. He has also played a leadership role in the transit industry’s effort to quantify its carbon benefits through his work on the Climate Change Working Group of the American Public Transportation Association. He has lectured and written extensively on the subject of ‘carbon avoidance,’ which results from communities having good transit and sustainable densities. He has served and continues to serve on various state-level and industry-wide groups on the subject. Mr. Dutta has more than eighteen years of experience in projects ranging in scale from urban to residential, with a particular emphasis on sustainable design. Before joining the MTA, Mr. Dutta worked as a sustainable architecture consultant for a large range of projects and clients, including New York City Department of Design & Construction (DDC), various MTA agencies, Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority (BPCA), and New Jersey Transit (NJT) in the public sector; as well as for several private and institutional entities. He served as the Sustainable Strategies Manager for STV, an AE firm based in New York between 2005 and 2007. Before STV, he worked Fox & Fowle Architects (2000-2005) and for Cesar Pelli & Associates in New Haven (1997-2000). In both these firms, Dutta worked on large-scale, international, commercial and infrastructure projects. Prior to coming to the United States, he worked for Stein Doshi Bhalla (1991-1993), one of India’s premier architectural practices and ran his own office in New Delhi (1993-1995). Mr. Dutta has combined the practice of architecture and urban design with cutting-edge sustainable design strategies that result in energy, material, and other resource conservation. He believes that sustainability is imperative for all development and should be an essential part of the tool-kit of any designer of the built environment. Excited by intellectual interaction and the value of new ideas, Mr. Dutta has been a member of the visiting faculty at Columbia University and has also lectured at New York University and Yale. His graduate thesis at MIT, which explored the construction of low-cost housing from waste packaging, was adjudged the “Best Thesis”. He pursued his studies at MIT with a scholarship from the INLAKS Foundation, India’s most prestigious grant.