Sabah Usmani

Analyst, EDF+Business, Clean Air Innovation


Areas of expertise:
Urban Planning, Air Quality, Spatial Analysis, Urban Health, Transportation, Environmental Sustainability, Energy Planning

Sabah focuses on developing and executing strategies to scale air quality monitoring and pollution mitigation in cities. She develops public and private sector collaborations to reveal air pollution and implement targeted mitigation actions and policies that improve health outcomes, including zero emission vehicles.


Prior to joining EDF, Sabah was a Research Fellow at the Tata Center for Technology and Design at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she led research on integrated energy planning in India. She also has research experience working across a range of urban sectors and scales—from transportation, energy efficiency, and housing to climate resilience and mitigation—in India, Malaysia, Ecuador, and the US. She previously worked as Assistant Manager of Sustainability with Mahindra Lifespaces in Mumbai where she managed sustainability initiatives for greenfield urban developments including carbon reduction plans, efficient urban transport solutions, and solar energy projects. Sabah was a 2018 EDF Climate Corps Fellow with the New York City Housing Authority where she developed NYCHA’s Clean Fleet Plan.


  • Master in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering (minor: Architecture) from Columbia University


  • Usmani, S. & Kaliski, J. (2018). NYCHA 2.0 Clean Fleet Plan. New York City Housing Authority.
  • Usmani, S. (2014) Climate Positive Roadmap: A Strategy for Net-Negative Operational Carbon Emissions. C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.