Bloomberg advisor Rohit Aggarwala on how cities are leading way in environmental change
About Rit Aggarwala
Rohit T. "Rit" Aggarwala is an environmental policy expert, transportation planner, and historian.
He currently serves as Special Advisor to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in his capacity as Chair-elect of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. Globally, nearly 60 cities participate – North American cities include: Austin, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle and Toronto.
C40 is a network of the world’s megacities taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With a unique set of assets, the C40 works with participating cities to address climate risks and impacts locally and globally. C40 was created in 2005 by former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, and forged a partnership in 2006 with the Cities Program of President Clinton’s Climate Initiative (CCI) to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency in large cities across the world. Under the leadership of then Mayor of Toronto David Miller, who served after Mayor Livingstone as C40 Chair, the organisation advanced programs and partnerships that drew international recognition for the role of cities as leaders in climate action.
The current chair of C40 is New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg who leads the C40 together with the steering committee and executive leadership team.
Prior to joining the Bloomberg Administration, Aggarwala was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he mainly served clients in the transportation and logistics industry in the United States and Europe. In addition to work at the New York State Assembly and the Virginia Railway Express, he began his career at the Federal Railroad Administration. Aggarwala holds a PhD in American History from Columbia University.
He also holds a BA and MBA from Columbia, and an MA in History from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. In addition, he holds an appointment as a research scholar at the Urban Studies Program at Barnard College.