About us

Green Dreams for the Planet Foundation has been established as a not-for-profit Section 25 company under the Indian Companies Act. While GDP is a not-for-profit company, it is being run as a corporate entity with all processes and systems to ensure transparency, accountability and full corporate governance.

Training Partners

Green Dreams for the Planet (GDP) is the training partner for India for the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). The GSTC establishes and manages global sustainable standards, known as the GSTC Criteria. There are two sets: Destination Criteria for public policy-makers and destination managers, and Industry Criteria for hotels and tour operators. These are the guiding principles and minimum requirements that any tourism business or destination should aspire to reach in order to protect and sustain the world’s natural and cultural resources, while ensuring tourism meets its potential as a tool for conservation and poverty alleviation.

GDP will on a regular basis conduct GSTC's,  'Sustainable Tourism Training Programme' (STTP), in India. 


Knowledge partners

The Climate Reality Project is a diverse group of passionate individuals who come together under the leadership of the Nobel Laureate & Former US Vice President, Al Gore, to help solve the greatest challenge of our time. Today we know that climate disruption is the biggest challenge that humanity is facing. We also know that burning fossil fuels is one of the biggest causes for this climate change. The Climate Reality Project trains Climate Leaders who can go out and spread the science and reality behind climate change. For more details, visit http://climaterealityproject.org


Directors of Green Dreams for the Planet

C. B. Ramkumar
Ram is an author, speaker, trainer, consultant and an entrepreneur. He developed a model for sustainable living when he built the first 100% eco resort – Our Native Village (www.OurNativeVillage.com) just outside Bangalore. Our Native Village has since been recognised with global and national awards. Ram is a trained ‘Climate Leader’ after undergoing a training programme by the Former Vice President of the US, Mr. Al Gore. Ram is the author of the book ‘Green Dreams’. This is a book on sustainability, and traces his journey of a decade building a sustainable living model in Our Native Village. For more details visit www.CBRamkumar.com

Lalitha Ramkumar
Co-founder and Director Lalitha is in charge of finance and sales at Our Native Village. Lalitha began her career in sales at Hindustan Reprographics Limited in Bangalore. She went onto specialize in shipping and logistics over the years. After a three year stint as an entrepreneur, Lalitha has been running the finance and sales portfolio for Our Native Village. While staying abroad, Lalitha started a Fertility Support Group along with her husband in Dubai, after having gone through fertility treatment herself. Subsequently she also became an active participant in an informal adoption support group, after adopting her second child.



The logo of Green Dreams for the Planet signifies…

Simplicity, harmony, energy, balance, sustainability are all ideas that powerfully resonate with the value systems of Green Dream for the Planet Foundation, and were therefore the guiding concepts motivating this logo.

A thorough and rigorous process of finding the ideal way to encapsulate this vision led to the final form here--where the sun shines over an idyllic landscape, where fresh leaves turn into rolling hills that hug the edges of a crescent wave, where solar power, clean water and fresh air unite within one cloud, one dream.

The logo foresees a world that chooses to benefit from the renewable and sustainable resources naturally available to our planet. If we all share this dream, we can all soon share this as reality.

Arathi Abraham is a National institute of Design, India faculty and senior designer. She guided the thinking behind the logo, which was developed by  the young, dynamic designer Somrata Sarkar. More of her work is in this link: http://somratasarkar.wix.com/portfolio