Shengyin Xu, Mindy Hernandez

Global Sustainability Manager, Lead Behavioral Science Advisor at World Resources Institute
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Shengyin is the Global Sustainability Manager at World Resources Institute. She works to ensure that the WRI is on track to “walk the talk” on organizational sustainability. Working with staff from across the institution, she helps to measure, reduce, and communicate the environmental impact of the organization. This includes calculating sustainability metrics like greenhouse gas emissions, strategizing and implementing impact reduction techniques, and engaging internal and external stakeholders in sustainability at the WRI.

Mindy is the Lead Behavioral Science Advisor at World Resources Institute. She is an applied behavioral researcher focusing on pro-social behaviors like energy conservation, voting, and medication adherence. Previously, Mindy advised governments, companies, donors, and NGOs around the world on applying behavioral science to measurably improve programs and policies, including working as a liaison to the White House’s Social and Behavioral Science Team for the U.S. Agency for International Development, as as a Fellow for the Federal Office of Evaluation Sciences and as a Senior Researcher with ideas42.

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