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Gurugram is one of the fastest-growing cities in north India. Fast-paced development has led to several issues concerning sustainability and governance.

Gurgaon First is an initiative for positive change focused on issues relating to sustainability, good governance women safety and empowerment in Gurugram. Launched in 2012, the initiative aims to highlight issues, suggest solutions, and showcase progress in an effort to improve both the living and working experiences of citizens in the city of Gurugram through conferences/conclaves/ workshops as well as research/publishing. Specifically, some issues that we focus on are smart and sustainable city, sustainable transportation, water and waste management, electricity management, solar energy, green buildings, eco-green initiatives, improving city governance, women’s safety and youth empowerment.

What We Do

Workshops

Workshops on Roof Top Solar Adoption, Waste Management, Women Safety & Empowerment

Handbooks

We've published 4 Researches and Handbooks on key topics including Civil Society Directory

Engagement

We engage with stakeholder bodies, CSO and agencies to being about Social Awareness

Shubhra Puri

Founder, Gurgaon First

Ms Puri has been writing extensively with  media and journals. Since October 2018,  she has been writing with Hindustan Times (Gurugram Edition) under the column “Human Impact” on key issues concerning Gurugram. She has also written for Times of India,  Down to Earth and other prestigious publications.

Impact Stories

Cities as sites of production and consumption are gendered in their very imagination. They are not neutral spaces and have often been planned and designed keeping in the mind the ‘male worker citizen’. The gendered nature of cities and urbanisation manifests itself in the exclusions, lack of opportunities, kinds of infrastructure and services which impact women’s access and mobility. Gurugram which used to have a population of around 8 lakhs a decade ago is

Role of civil society

Vibrant civil society can transform the social texture of a city Each time I talk to my friends in other Indian cities, I realise that there are only a few cities that have a civil society sector as vibrant as Gurugram. To be sure, Gurugram has several well-intentioned citizen initiatives, a diverse set of social

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Empowering RWAs

Nurture RWAs as nerve centres of city’s development To make our cities liveable and sustainable, we need to take individual, community and city level steps. Change starts from an individual level; a bunch of individuals collectively inspire communities to act, and if local colonies and communities transform, it cannot be too long before when the

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Banning single-use plastic

Last evening, I was strolling down the Vyapar Kendra Market in Sushant Lok I in Gurugram to buy usual home needs items when shop after shop I was distraught to see such unabated use of plastic.  The toy shops had teddy bears hung outside in thick, glossy plastic bags, the dry-cleaning shops displayed readied business

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