2011 Gala Honorees

Over 350 friends and colleagues gathered at Tribeca Rooftop on January 19th to honor Rohit Aggarwala and David Finkel for their outstanding efforts in greening our city.

ROHIT AGGARWALA
Special Advisor to the Chair
C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Rohit T. “Rit” Aggarwala is an environmental policy expert, transportation planner, and historian. From 2006 to 2010, Rit was the Director of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability for the City of New York. In that role, he served as the chief environmental policy advisor to Mayor Bloomberg, who called him "the brains behind PlaNYC,"  which was developed and implemented on Rit's watch. He currently serves as Special Advisor to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in his capacity as Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and as an environmental advisor to Bloomberg Philanthropies. Rit currently lives in Palo Alto, California; we are delighted to have him back in New York for our Gala.

 

 

DAVID FINKEL
President & COO
Davis & Warshow 

David Finkel is president and chief operating officer of Davis & Warshow, New York's premier kitchen and bath supplier for more than 85 years. In 2008, Finkel, the fourth generation in his family to run the 100% employee-owned-and-operated company, developed the Practically Green program to bring Davis & Warshow closer to carbon neutral with pragmatic, sustainable steps. Initiatives include using low-flow plumbing fixtures in all company locations, implementing company carpool programs, and installing the city's largest private solar array at Davis and Warshow's Queens headquarters.