Apurva AyengarYouth Leadership Council Member
Belle Mead, New Jersey
Apurva Iyengar is a junior at Montgomery High School in New Jersey. Her passion for environmentalism stems from a childhood spent almost entirely outdoors. From family hiking trips to making grass ‘smoothies’ in her backyard, nature has always played an important role in Apurva’s life and has inspired her commitment to conservation. In addition to interning with a political organization in nearby Somerset County and teaching part-time at a local art institution, The Art Academy of Hillsborough, Apurva serves as Outreach Officer for the Princeton chapter of the environmental advocacy non-profit Sunrise Movement. With support from Sunrise, she is also currently leading a campaign petitioning the Montgomery Township Committee to support the federal Green New Deal and implement a plan to address climate change at a community level. She was also recently a 2019 youth delegate for Sea Youth Rise Up. This coming fall, Apurva is planning the launch of a student initiative against the excessive use of disposable plastic at her high school, advocating instead for more sustainable alternatives such as paper-based and bioplastic products, as well as a more widespread recycling program. She hopes to spread this initiative to nearby schools and raise greater awareness of this issue in the future. In her spare time, Apurva is a member of both academic and artistic National Honor Societies at her school, as well as Editor of her high school’s annually published Literary Magazine and an accomplished Indian Classical dancer. In the future, Apurva hopes to pursue an environmental science major with a focus on sustainable materials.