She was born in 1965 in Gaziantep, Turkey. As an AFS student at an age of 16, she spent a year in USA. Erten graduated from Boğaziçi University’s Civil Engineering Department and completed her graduate studies at Rutgers University in USA. She worked as a research fellow at Princeton University. She completed the Executive education in Leadership in Sustainability at Harvard University School of Public Health after spending 20 years in the sector. . While working as a licenced Civil Engineer for AECOM and BOVIS Lend Lease in Los Angeles, she lectured at USC. Upon her return from USA he worked as the director of Clinton Climate Initative for Clinton Foundation. Erten is the co-founder of Turkish Green Building Council and served on the as the Board President and Vice President. She received the President’s Award given by World Green Building Council for her outstanding contributions to the global sustainability movement. She got elected as a Board member to serve on the USGBC Board. As of Fall 2015, she got an invitation from IMU to start a Sustainability Center.
Erten is the founding Vice President of Turkish Green Building Council, founder of TURKECO green building consulting, President of International Relations and GREEN Schools Program of TGBC, and BUILDUPON spokesperson on behalf of TGBC. She is a LEED International Committee member, and technical advisor to WGBC Committees. She has been teaching on sustainability and NGOs at Koç, Sabancı and Boğaziçi Universities. She is a P.E., LEED Faculty, WELL Faculty, BREEAM AP, Communities and In-Use assessor and a DGNB Consultant.