Dr. Vinitaa a multifaceted personality & founder of TERRE started this NGO with a motto “To think is good but to act is better”. Dr. Apte has an out of the box thinking process and due to which she has started many different and innovative initiatives. She has developed more than 10 forestries on high mountain ranges through the PPP (Public-Private Partnership) model. TERRE Policy Centre implemented a number of projects of Environmental Education, Solar Energy, and Awards for innovation at the grassroots level under her able leadership. She implemented the projects on women & energy in rural India and empowered thousands of women. She has started the first-ever online Environmental Olympiad to make digital India stronger and make aware the students at an early age. Women and youth empowerment are on the focus of TERRE.
With a strong communication background, she was working as a consultant in United Nations Environment Programme, Paris and developed Media Strategy, Outreaching strategy for Social Media, implemented the PPP model. Dr. Apte was awarded with many awards for her outstanding work, In 2021 with Mahatma Award For Social good, In 2020 with Indian Achievers Award in the category of “Women of Excellence”, Received UNEP award on the 20th Anniversary Montreal Protocol for the „Outstanding Contribution‟ to the outreaching of the Montreal Protocol (2007). Publications, Rotary Club Special Award, SIAM CSR Environmental Revitalization Action, Narishakti Award (Women Power Award). Dr. Apte represented India in many international conferences on climate change. She is the author of 7 books. One of her book is incorporated into the University Curriculum for Bachelor of Arts students.