Dr. Raj Rajan is currently a Visiting Professor in Environmental Studies at Macalester College and Fellow of the Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota. He was formerly the technical lead of corporate sustainability at Ecolab, leading their 2014 effort to become 100% solar powered in MN operations and subsequently negotiated a 100 MW wind power purchase agreement that will make their entire electricity use in North America carbon neutral from 2020 to 2045. He is the immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors of Fresh Energy.
Currently, Raj also serves on the Board of Directors of the non-profits Environmental Initiative and Climate Generation. He was appointed as the statewide business representative on Minnesota’s Clean Water Council (2015-2019). He also serves on the Advisory Council of The Nature Conservancy’s Minnesota Headwaters Fund (2015-) and as Chair of External Advisory Council for the National Science Foundation project on Sustainable, Healthy and Livable Cities (2015-). Additionally, he serves on the Kresge Foundation’s Urban Climate Adaptation Assessment Advisors’ Group (2015-), and recently participated in Industry Working Groups of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (2014-15), Water Stewardship Advisory Group of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (2014-17), and Sustainability Advisory Workgroup of the American Cleaning Institute (2014-18).
Raj is a Registered Professional Engineer in multiple US states. He received a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a BS in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Varanasi, India.