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2022 September Luncheon - ESG
Thursday, September 08, 2022, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM MST
Category: Technical Meetings

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September 2022
Luncheon Meeting


Thursday, September 8, 2022

11:30 AM Check-In

12:00 to 1:00 PM Presentation





TEMPE, AZ 85281 (map) 

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG):
ESG Strategy, Reporting and Investing

Presented by Sowjanya Chintalapati, Deputy Director of Waste Programs, AZ Dept of Environmental Quality

With the growing focus on social responsibility globally, many industries including investment management companies are considering Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) aspects in their decision-making.  ESG has evolved over the years and is now a hot topic in the nation. Market research shows that ESG Assets Under Management (AUM) has grown more than $30 trillion globally in just 2020 and more growth is estimated by 2025. This presentation will discuss how to develop ESG strategy and goals for an organization, reporting standards in sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and ESG that are used interchangeably over the years in organizations. It also provides guidance on reporting and investing strategies that can fit your organization’s purpose, and how to avoid common mistakes in the ESG area. 


Sowjanya (Sowj) Chintalapati is the Deputy Director of Waste Programs Division with Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) since joining the department in 2019. She is also the current president of EPAZ serving on the Board in various positions since 2013. Prior to ADEQ, she worked in various Corporate EHS and Sustainability roles in Manufacturing, Technology, Environmental consulting, World’s largest renewable energy power plants, and Construction industries. 


Sowj brings 17 years of business acumen and deep expertise in Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG), Sustainability, Regulatory Compliance, and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS). Proven ability to achieve operational excellence, data governance and improve customer experience. She has a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering, Masters in Environmental Engineering, and holds a CHMM certification. 


Meeting Cost

$30 Members

$40 Non-Members

$15 Student Members

$0  Scholarship Recipients

$45 On-site Registration (day of luncheon)



Lunch Menu

Mexican Flavors Buffet with Marinated Carne Asada and Mexican melon ensalda fresca in citrus,  rice and beans and chef’s choice dessert 

Vegetarian or gluten-free meals are available upon request during meeting registration.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: A full refund will be given if registration is cancelled 48 hours prior to the start of the event; if within 48 hours, no refund will be given.


Upcoming EPAZ Events:

October 13, Luncheon Meeting at SRP Pera Club – "Emission Reduction Credits," presented by Kimberly Butler, Maricopa County Air Quality Dept

November 10, Luncheon Meeting at SRP Pera Club – “Contracting Tips & Traps for Environmental Professionals” presented by Susan Chesler, ASU

December 8 @ 3:00 PM, City of Phoenix Recycling Tour of North Gateway Transfer Station

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If you have a topic or speaker idea, please share it with us.


Other Events:

September 14-16:  34th Annual Symposium of the Arizona Hydrological Society, Tucson, AZ (learn more)

October 27:  EnviroWorkshops, Phoenix, AZ (learn more)


New to Job Bank:

ADEQ, Environmental Science Specialist 1-3, Community Outreach Coordinator/Compliance Officer
Geosyntec Consultants, Staff Geologist or Hydrogeologist

Ryan Companies, Sustainability Program Manager

Maricopa County, Hazmat Specialist

SCS Engineers, Various Positions

ADEQ , Various Positions

HydroGeologic, Various Positions

Honeywell, Senior HSE Engineer

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Environmental Professionals of Arizona (EPAZ)

PO Box 60663, Phoenix, Arizona 85082

602.332.3174   [email protected]


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