Ariane Brotto - 2020 Winner
Ariane Coelho Brotto, Principal Carbon and Energy Consultant at Jacobs, began her environmentalist journey inspired by the natural beauty of her home town Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Having studied Environmental and Atmospheric Chemistry both in Rio and in Toronto, Ariane grasped the opportunity to lead on pioneering investigations in greenhouse gas emissions from wastewater treatment. After finishing her PhD in Environmental Engineering at Columbia University in New York City, Ariane joined the Energy and Resource Recovery team in the largest water utility in the USA. Ariane’s passion to create a better environment is very evident from a number of roles which have included: Adjunct Professor at Columbia University; co-leading an international task force on low-carbon utilities; mentoring young women in STEAM; advising students on environmental engineering and sanitation challenges in an innovation hub in Brazil and at Imperial College; co-creating in-depth technical workshops on circular economy for the Amsterdam International Water Week; producing thought leadership content, including a book chapter on greenhouse gas accounting for the water sector. Ariane has impressed the judges with all her achievements in as little as just over 4 years and is currently joining CIWEM’s Wastewater and Biosolids Panel, and working towards becoming a Chartered Member of CIWEM and supporting colleagues on the same journey.