About Us

Gurgaon First

>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 a 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.


To establish a Sustainable, Empowered and Inclusive Gurugram.


To become a credible source of information, expert opinion and research house for Gurugram through conducting relevant workshops and research initiatives in the area of Sustainability, Good Governance and Women Safety.

Our Work


A sustainable city is a city that proactively and progressively works to reduce its carbon footprint by using its resources effectively. Fast-paced development has taken a severe toll on Gurugram’s sustainability. The city has a long way to go to improve the groundwater level, save its forest cover, improve air quality, enforce energy efficiency standards, become a solar-powered, city ensure sustainable transport, and build sustainable social infrastructure, among other things.

Good Governance

Improving local governance is the single most important step to solving most of the city’s woes. Gurugram generates over 60 percent of Haryana’s state revenues but does not get a fair share for its own development. Gurugram is plagued by multiplicity of authorities leading to uncoordinated development. Ideally, a single apex body should be responsible for Gurugram’s planning and development. There is merit in empowering the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram. However, Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority has been proposed to be set up for better governance.

Women Safety

For women, the right to live, work, move around and participate in the city’s activities is premised on their feeling of safety. Lack of safety prevents women from exploiting their full potential as mothers, employees, and citizens. With a large number of women coming in and out of the city every day to work and a rapidly increasing resident population, Gurugram is prone to many crimes and violence against women. At GF, we focus on women safety both in Public Spaces and at Work Places. Besides this, we have a special window “SASHAKT” to assist companies to be compliant with the provisions of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Work Places (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013


Empowering different stakeholders of Gurugram (e.g, Gurugram Schools, Gurugram RWAs and Gurugram Youth) by highlighting their issues and attempting to find solutions has also been a focus area.

Workshops Conducted

  • Gurgaon as a Smart City – Sept 2012
  • Finding Traffic Solutions for Gurgaon-Nov 2012
  • Making Gurgaon a Safer Place for Women –Jan 2013
  • Revamping Gurgaon’s Electricity Sector –Feb 2013
  • Joie-De-Vivre- International Women’s Day- Mar 2013
  • Promoting Green Buildings in Gurgaon -May 2013
  • Thought Leadership workshop- Discovering the Happiness Within – Jun 2013
  • Waste Management in Gurgaon – Jul 2013.
  • Empowering Local Bodies – Sept 2013
  • Tackling Gurgaon’s Water Crisis – Oct 2013
  • RWA. Conclave: Solutions for Common Good – Oct 2013
  • Women Safety in Public and Work Places –Jan 2014
  • Parenting workshop -What Does It Take To Bring Out The Best In You And Your Child – Mar 2014
  • The Urban Conundrum –May 2014
  • Josh Gurgaon-2014 – Sept 2014
  • Eco Green Initiatives- Sustainable Solutions For City Homes And Offices – Dec 2014
  • Energising Gurgaon Through Solar – Feb 2015
  • Launch of Gurgaon’s Exclusive Handbook on Solar – May 2015
  • RWA Solar Meet with District Administration – May 2015
  • Parenting Book launch and discussion on Mindful Parenting – Aug 2015
  • Launch of Haryana First – A Farmer Direct Initiative – Aug 2015
  • Getting Started on Energy Management and Solar – Sept 2015
  • Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Work Places – Sept 2015
  • Worker’s Safety In The Automobile Sector – Sept 2015
  • Net Metering For Growth in Solar – Apr 2016
  • Going Green- Simple Steps Forward – Aug 2016
  • RWA Conclave – Sep 2016
  • Making Women Safe at Public And Work Places – Oct 2016
  • Smart Mobility Workshop –Nov 2016
  • School’s Conclave – Dec 2016
  • Women’s Day – Mar 2017
  • Launch of Gurugram Handbook for Waste Management under Swachh Bharat Mission- Mar 2017
  • Gurugram Environment Conclave- Jun 2017
  • Building Framework for Sustainable Education In India – July 2017
  • Roundtable On Scaling up Solar Installations in Gurugram – Aug 2017
  • Annual RWA Conclave – Oct 2017
  • Tackling Deteriorating Air Quality in Gurugram – Nov 2017
  • Roundtable on Next Steps in Waste Management in Gurugram – Dec 2017
  • Roundtable on Growth in Solar in Gurugram – Mar 2017
  • Becoming Waste Wise Workshop- Nov 2018
  • Launch of Civil Society Organisations Handbook and Swachhta Anthem -Jan 2019
  • Debunking Myths Solar Workshop- June 2019
  • Worker Safety in Automobile Sector / August 11th, 2019
  • RWA Meet for Citizen Charter – Oct 2019

About Founder

Shubhra Puri

Shubhra Puri is the Founder of Gurgaon First (GF), a social enterprise that promotes sustainability in Gurugram through workshops and research books. GF has so far conducted over 40 public workshops and published 4 handbooks for Gurugram. The workshops have been on topics such as Gurgaon as a Smart City, Water and Waste management, Gurugram Environment Conclave and Eco Green Initiatives. GF’s workshops brings together diverse stakeholders including corporates, the local administration, citizen groups, RWAs, schools and other educational institutions, NGOs and the media of the city. GF has published “Gurugram Handbook of Waste Management” which was launched by Minister of State, Ministry of Urban Development, Rao Inderjit Singh under Swachh Bharat Mission. Ms Puri also writes, composes and produces songs for sustainability cause. She has created a swachhta anthem for Gurugram, a national song on swachhta and a jingle for Gurugram’s Gurujal project. An MBA, Ms Puri has been a journalist with 20 years of experience in research and writing in the infrastructure sector. She started her career with The Economic Times and was Editor-content at Power Line and India Infrastructure magazines.
Shubhra’s Select Articles in Media

Her Publications

  • Article on Solar in ‘Down To Earth’, a CSE India magazine
  • Article on Smart City in ‘Times Of India‘
  • Article on Better City Governance in ‘Times Of India‘
  • Article on School Fee Hike in ‘Times Of India‘
  • Article on Focus on sustainability in ‘Times Of India‘
  • Article on Prevention of Sexual Harassment in ‘Times Of India‘
  • Article on Solar Power in ‘Times of India’
  • Article on Waste Management in ‘Environmental Sciences Journal (USA)‘
  • Article on Changing Attitude towards Cleanliness in ‘Hindustan Times’
  • Article on Managing as a way of Life in ‘Hindustan Times’
  • Article on Breaking barriers for solar in ‘Hindustan Times’
  • Article on Safety Sustainable agenda in ‘Hindustan Times’
  • Article on Sustainable Water Conservation in ‘Hindustan Times’
  • Article on the Need for Shared Social Spaces in ‘Hindustan Times’
  • Article on RWAs as the vital link between Citizens and Government in ‘Hindustan Times’
  • Article on Engaging Civil Society in ‘Hindustan Times’
  • Article on Swachhta Anthem as Inspire better life in ‘Hindustan Times‘
  • Article for Capacity Building in MCG in ‘Hindustan Times’
  • Article on Saving Aravalli Forest in ‘Hindustan Times’
  • Article on Fighting Pollution in Gurugram in ‘Hindustan Times’
  • Article on Strengthening Local Governance in Gurugram in ‘Hindustan Times’
  • Article on Enhancing Women Safety in Gurugram in ‘Hindustan Times’
  • Article on Deep-rooted biases and Prejudices in our Society in ‘Hindustan Times’
  • Article on Plastic Waste in Gurugram in ‘Hindustan Times’
  • Article on going Minimalistic in ‘Hindustan Times’
  • Article on Making Gurugram a Solar City in ‘Hindustan Times’
  • Article on Active Citizenship in ‘Hindustan Times’
  • Article on Gurugram as an Inclusive City in ‘Hindustan Times’
  • Article on Becoming Prudent about use of Water in ‘Hindustan Times’
  • Article on Gurugram as a Compassionate City in ‘Hindustan Times’
  • Article on Going Plastic-Free in ‘Hindustan Times’
  • Article on Creating Infrastructure for Pedestrains and Cyclists in ‘Hindustan Times’
  • Article on Climate Crisis in ‘Hindustan Times’
  • Article on Integrate Street Vendors in ‘Hindustan Times’
  • Article on Fight Pollution in ‘Hindustan Times’
  • Article on Pollution Myths in ‘Hindustan Time’

Our Workshop Videos

Jingle Created by Gurgaon First for GuruJal Project on Saving Water

Video snippet of Gurgaon First’s waste training workshop on “Becoming Waste Wise”

Video snippet of Waste Training workshop”Becoming Waste Wise”

Video Snippet of Gurgaon First’s Workshop on “Going Green”

Video Snippet of Gurgaon First’s “Book Launch on Waste Management”

Video Snippet of Gurgaon First’s Workshop on “Smart City”

Video Snippet of Gurgaon First’s Workshop on “Making Women Safe”

Video Snippet of Gurgaon First’s ANNUAL RWA Conclave 2016

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