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About Madhvi Chittoor

Arvada, Colorado

For Madhvi, conservation is her “breath and mantra.” She devotes her summer breaks, weekends, and after-school time to advocating for the conservation of our ecosystems. Her leadership, passion and determination have led to many large-scale policy changes.

At the age of 6, she founded the 501(c)(3) non-profit Madhvi4EcoEthics. She works diligently to protect ecosystems from plastic pollution and is tireless in her advocacy on behalf of conservation. For example, she worked with the state government to declare April as Plastic and Styrofoam Pollution Awareness Month in Colorado. And through letter writing, signature gathering and meetings with policymakers, she led her school district, Jeffco Public Schools, to switch from non-biodegradable Styrofoam trays to compostable trays. The move impacted 155 schools serving 86,000 students and to date has kept 20 million Styrofoam containers from the landfill.