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Region 1: EPA New England

EPA Regional Science Workshop on Sustainable-Green Chemistry
June 13-14, 2011


EPA New England has been hosting a stakeholder dialogue on green chemistry since the summer of 2010.  The next convening of participating Stakeholders will be June 13 and 14 at the EPA Regional Science Workshop on Sustainable-Green Chemistry.  This Regional Science Workshop is a part of EPA’s overall efforts to serve as a catalyst for accelerating the implementation of green chemistry and engineering as a means to move towards a more sustainable commerce, economy, and development in New England. The workshop will:

  • Provide advanced education for participants from diverse clusters from the country’s leaders in Green Chemistry;
  • Produce draft innovative, effective outreach materials to provide education and encourage action;
  • Determine how to shape and use these materials in various clusters to be most effective;
  • Based on the education provided, advance additional activities in New England green chemistry based on the work plans of the strategic work groups (education, hospitals and health, NGOs, business, venture capital).

This workshop is a collaborative effort between USEPA and the New England Green Chemistry Challenge participants.  The workshop will be an intensive, two-day event focused on collaborative work to produce outreach materials and other actions to support the following goals on the New England Green Chemistry Challenge:

  • Supporting a transformative dialogue about new ways to achieve a safe and green sustainable future.
  • Understanding the interrelationship of green chemistry and sustainability. Fostering a New England economy that is based on local resources, labor force, research capacity and expert knowledge.
  • Advancing Green Chemistry through multi-sectoral action.

This workshop will result in the creation of outreach products (slide decks, video, written materials) and other tools such as roundtables, information portals, and other ideas to advance green chemistry in New England.


Curt Spalding, Regional Administrator, EPA New England

Curt Spalding

H. Curtis "Curt" Spalding

H. Curtis "Curt" Spalding has extensive experience in the environmental protection field as an advocate, policy analyst and administrator. For almost 20 years, he served as Executive Director of Save The Bay in Rhode Island, a nationally recognized, 20,000-member environmental advocacy and education organization. He established the Narragansett BayKeeper and Habitat Restoration programs which reconnected Save The Bay to ecologically important Bay issues and oversaw the successful completion of the $9 million Explore The Bay Campaign and construction of the Save The Bay Center at Fields Point in Providence, RI. Prior to joining Save The Bay, Spalding was an Environmental Protection Specialist and Presidential Management Intern at EPA's offices in Boston and Washington, D.C. Spalding received his bachelor's degree from Hobart College and an M.P.A. from SUNY at Albany in Albany, NY.

Paul Anastas, Ph.D., Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Research & Development (ORD) & the Science Advisor to the EPA

Paul Anastas, Ph.D.

Paul Anastas, Ph.D.

Paul Anastas, Ph.D. is the Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) and the Science Advisor to the Agency. Known widely as the "Father of Green Chemistry" for his groundbreaking research on the design, manufacture, and use of minimally-toxic, environmentally-friendly chemicals, Dr. Anastas has an extensive record of leadership in government, academia, and the private sector.

At the time he was nominated by President Obama to lead ORD, Dr. Anastas was the Director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, and the inaugural Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment at Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Prior to joining the Yale faculty, Dr. Anastas was the founding Director of the Green Chemistry Institute, headquartered at the American Chemical Society in Washington, D.C. From 1999 to 2004 he worked at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, concluding his service there as the assistant director for the environment. Dr. Anastas began his career as a staff chemist at EPA, where he rose to the positions of chief of the Industrial Chemistry Branch, and director of the U.S. Green Chemistry Program. It was during his work at EPA that Dr. Anastas coined the term "green chemistry".

Trained as a synthetic organic chemist, Dr. Anastas' research interests have focused on the design of safer chemicals, bio-based polymers, and new methodologies of chemical synthesis that are more efficient and less hazardous to the environment. A leading writer on the subjects of sustainability, green chemistry, and green engineering, he has published ten books, including "Benign by Design", "Designing Safer Polymers", "Green Engineering" and his seminal work with co-author John Warner, "Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice".

Dr. Anastas has been recognized for his pioneering work with a host of awards and accolades including the Vice President's Hammer Award, the Joseph Seifter Award for Scientific Excellence, the Nolan Sommer Award for Distinguished Contributions to Chemistry, the Greek Chemical Society Award for Contributions to Chemistry, the Inaugural Canadian Green Chemistry Award, a Scientific American 50 Award for Policy Innovation, the John Jeyes Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry, and an Annual Leadership in Science Award from the Council of Scientific Society Presidents. He was a Special Professor at the University of Nottingham and an Honorary Professor at Queens University in Belfast where he was also was awarded an Honorary Doctorate.

Dr. Anastas earned his B.S. from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and his M.A. and Ph.D. in chemistry from Brandeis University.

Steve Owens, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, EPA

Steve Owens

Steve Owens

Steve Owens is the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) and is responsible for managing the Nation's regulatory and scientific programs on pesticides and industrial chemicals, as well as overseeing many collaborative pollution prevention programs. Steve was nominated by President Obama in April 2009 and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in July 2009.

Prior to becoming the Assistant Administrator for OCSPP, Steve served as Director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). Appointed by Governor Janet Napolitano in January 2003, Steve was the longest-serving Director in ADEQ history, providing executive leadership and setting overall agency policy and priorities for the department. As ADEQ Director, Steve made protecting children from toxic exposures a top priority, and among many other initiatives, helped launch Arizona's Children's Environmental Health Project and established an Office of Children's Environmental Health at the department. Before joining ADEQ, Steve was a practicing environmental attorney in Phoenix, Arizona, for 14 years.

Steve received a bachelor's degree with honors from Brown University and a law degree from Vanderbilt Law School, where he was Editor in Chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review. From 1982-1984 Steve served as Counsel to the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology. During 1985-1988, he was Chief Counsel and later State Director for then-U.S. Senator Al Gore. Throughout his career before joining EPA, Steve served on numerous environmental panels, including EPA's Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, the Phoenix Environmental Quality Commission, the Clean and Diversified Energy Advisory Committee of the Western Governors Association, and the Joint Public Advisory Committee of the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation, which reviews environmental matters arising under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Steve also served as President of the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS). Steve and his wife Karen have two teenage sons, John and Ben.

John Leazer, Ph.D., Director of the Sustainable Technology Division, EPA

Steve Owens

John Leazer

John Leazer serves as the Director of the Sustainable Technology Division for the US EPA. In his current role, Dr. Leazer oversees and develops the division's research portfolio. Prior to joining EPA, he worked as a process chemist for the pharmaceutical company Merck, where he is credited for being one of the company pioneers in green chemistry.

John Warner, Ph.D., President, Chief Technology Officer, Board of Directors, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry

John Warner, Ph.D.

John Warner, Ph.D.

Dr. John Warner founded the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry in 2007 with Jim Babcock and Bill Kunzweiler. From 2004 to 2007, Dr. Warner was a professor of Community Health and Sustainability and Plastics Engineering at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. From 1996 to 2003, he was a professor of Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, where he acted as the Chair of the Department of Chemistry between 2001 and 2003. Prior to that, Dr. Warner served as a senior research scientist and research group leader in exploratory and media research at the Polaroid Corporation. Dr. Warner is considered one of the founding fathers of Green Chemistry, and has worked extensively in the areas of semiconductor design, biodegradable plastics, personal care products, and polymeric photoresists. Dr. Warner holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Princeton University and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. He has published over 100 patents, papers, and books and is co-author of the seminal book Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice with Paul Anastas. Dr. Warner is editor of Green Chemistry Letters and Reviews and associate editor of the journal Organic Preparations and Procedures International. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Green Chemistry Institute in Washington DC.

Amy Cannon, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Beyond Benign

Amy Cannon

Amy Cannon

Amy holds the world's first Ph.D. in Green Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts where her research involved the environmentally benign synthesis of photoactive materials. She received her M.S. in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts Boston and her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH. Amy worked as an Assistant Professor of Green Chemistry and Director of Outreach and Community Education at the Center for Green Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Lowell until September of 2007 when she left to co-found Beyond Benign. Amy has industrial experience working as an analytical chemist for the Gillette Company and as a scientist for Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials. She was awarded the Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award in Green Chemistry in 2004 for her work on titanium dioxide semiconductors and their application in dye-sensitized solar cells. Her interests are in green chemistry education and research around safer green chemistry alternative technologies. Amy serves on the Editorial board of the new journal Green Chemistry: Letters and Reviews.

Richard Clapp, Professor Emeritus, School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health, Boston University

Richard Clapp

Richard Clapp

Richard Clapp is an epidemiologist with more than thirty years of experience in public health practice and consulting. He became a full-time faculty member in the Department of Environmental Health in 1993. He has worked in state and local health departments; as director of a community health center, a statewide childhood lead poisoning prevention program, the Massachusetts Cancer Registry, and an environmental health consulting group at JSI Research and Training Institute. His research has focused on cancer in military veterans and in communities with toxic or radiation hazards. He has worked on community-based research in New England and pesticide health effects research in South Africa. He was former co-chair of the steering committee of Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility and serves on several other professional advisory committees. He has an MPH from Harvard School of Public Health and a D.Sc. in Epidemiology from B.U. School of Public Health.

Participant List

Name Organization Email Phone
Dan Abrams US EPA Region 1 abrams.daniel@epa.gov 617-918-1067
Linda Adams US EPA/ORD/Nheerl adams.lindad@epa.gov 919-541-1424
John Algird Sika Sarnafil Inc algird.john@us.sika.com 781-332-3289
Paul Anastas EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD), DC  anastas.paul@epa.gov 202-564-6620 
Kate Anderson Beyond Benign kate_anderson@beyondbenign.org 978-229-5454
Thomas Balf Nexus Environmental Partners tbalf@nexusep.com 978-281-5020
William Bardosh TerraVerdae BioWorks wcbardosh@terraverdae.com 978-712-0220
Christine Beling US EPA Region 1 beling.christine@epa.gov 617-918-1792
Rob Bettigole Elm Street Ventures rob@elmvc.com 203-401-4201 x111
Ryan Bouldin University of Massachusetts Lowell ryan.bouldin@gmail.com 646-373-2160
Janet Bowen US EPA Region 1 bowen.janet@epa.gov 617-918-1795
Edward Brush Bridgewater State University ebrush@bridgew.edu 508-531-2116
Amy Cannon Beyond Benign Amy_Cannon@beyondbenign.org 978-229-5450
Richard Clapp B.U. School of Public Health rclapp44@comcast.net 6175222744
Gary Cohen Health Care Without Harm gcohen@igc.org 617-524-6018
Dan Coughlin ITECS dcoughlin@itecs-innovative.com 207-329-6853
Berkeley Cue BWC Pharma Consulting, LLC ctcuefamily@aol.com 860-287-7544 
Richard Daly The Dodge Company rdaly@dodgeco.com 617-661-0500
Linda Darveau US EPA Region 1 darveau.linda@epa.gov 617-918-1718
Thomas D'Avanzo US EPA Region 1 davanzo.thomas@epa.gov 617-918-1801
Jeffrey Davis Hubbard-Hall Inc. jdavis@hubbardhall.com 203-756-5521
Joe Delorenzo US EPA Region 1 delorenzo.joseph@epa.gov 617-918-1404
Mary Dever-Putnam US EPA Region I dever.mary@epa.gov 617-918-1717
Meghna Dilip Worcester State University mdilip@gmail.com 205-886-9805
Sally Edwards Lowell Center for Sustainable Production sally_edwards@uml.edu 508-517-5363
Pam Eliason Toxics Use Reduction Institute pam@turi.org 978-934-3142
Ona Ferguson Consensus Building Institute oferguson@cbuilding.org 617-844-1127
Patrick Field CBI pfield@cbuilding.org 617-844-1118
Ken Geiser Lowell Center for Sustainable Production ken_geiser@uml.edu 978-934-3299
Robert Giraud DuPont Engineering Research & Technology robert.j.giraud@usa.dupont.com 302-774-8048
Laura Goldin Brandeis University goldin@brandeis.edu 781-736-3075
Donald Gray University of Rhode Island gray@egr.uri.edu 401-874-2651
Liz Harriman Toxics Use Reduction Institute harriman@turi.org 978-934-3387
Fred Hauchman US EPA/ORD hauchman.fred@epa.gov 202-564-3151
Timothy Havel Energy Compression Inc. tim@energycompression.com 617-717-4945
Carol Hetfield Office of Pollution Prevention & Toxics, US EPA hetfield.carol@epa.gov 202-564-8792
Robert Hillger US EPA Region 1 hillger.robert@epa.gov 617-918-8660
Patricia Hogan Suffolk University, Physics phogan@suffolk.edu 617-973-5317
Leann Jensen EPA New England jensen.leann@epa.gov 617-918-1063
Lin Kaatz Chary Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network lchary@sbcglobal.net 219-938-0209
Molly Kellogg Hubbard-Hall Inc. mkellogg@hubbardhall.com 978-988-0077
Jonathan Kenny Tufts University jonathan.kenny@tufts.edu 617-627-3397
Margaret Kerr Worcester State University mkerr@worcester.edu 508-410-9812
Sarah Klionsky Northeastern University s.klionsky@neu.edu 617-373-7912
Deborah Knight NYS DEC djknight@gw.dec.state.ny.us 518-402-9175
Joel Knopf CBI pfield@cbuilding.org 617-492-1414
Marina Goreau US EPA Region 1 mgoreau@brandeis.edu 857-225-3971
Tara Holmes taramholmes@gmail.com 413-575-5538
Michael Korzenski ATMI mkorzenski@atmi.com 203-739-1445
John Leazer EPA leazer.john@epa.gov 513-569-7840
Nancy Lee Simmons College lee@simmons.edu 617-521-2732
Ira Leighton US EPA Region 1 leighton.ira@epa.gov 617-918-1011
Susan Leite Massachusetts Institute of Technology smleite@mit.edu 617- 253-5246
Richard Liroff Investor Environmental Health Network rliroff@iehn.org 703-532-2929
Cynthia Luppi Clean Water Fund cluppi@cleanwater.org 617-338-8131 x208
Steve Mangion EPA/ORD mangion.steve@epa.gov 617-918-1452
Deirdre Manning Smith College dmanning@smith.edu 413-585-2427
Rob Maxfield EPA New England Regional Laboratory maxfield.robert@epa.gov 617-918-8640
Deb Mayerson UMass Boston deborah.mayerson@umb.edu 781-883-0659
Greta Meszoely Suffolk University  gmeszoely@suffolk.edu 617-994-6429
Jeff Morris EPA/ORD morris.jeff@epa.gov 202-564-6756
Tim Morse Chemical Innovations Institute, UConn Health Ctr tmorse@uchc.edu 860-679-4720
Kelly Nadeau Amgen nadeau@amgen.com; ktornadeau@hotmail.com 617-444-5128 
Therese Natoli STMHS natolit@newlondon.org 860-237-0157
Nikita Obidin Student nikitaob@yahoo.com 978-491-1062
Karen O'Brien US EPA Region 2 obrien.karen@epa.gov 212-637-3754
Karen O'Brien Advancing Green Chemistry kpobrien@AdvancingGreenChemistry.org 434-220-3701
Aisling O'Connor Fitchburg State University aoconn13@fitchburgstate.edu 978-902-4471
Steve Owens EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, DC  owens.steve@epa.gov 202-564-2902
Leanne Pasquini Yale University leanne.pasquini@yale.edu 203-436-4865
Calvin Patten ITW Devcon cpatten@devcon.com 978-646-5616
Dwight Peavey US EPA Region 1 peavey.dwight@epa.gov 617-918-1829
Rose Perkins The Dow Chemical Company roseperkins@dow.com 508-229-7212
Aida Potter NYS DEC ampotter@gw.dec.state.ny.us 518-402-9163
Christy Powers EPA powers.christina@epa.gov 919-541-5504
Raymond Putnam US EPA Region 1 putnam.raymond@epa.gov 617-918-1523
Jo-Ann Ranslow University of Massachusetts Medical School joann.ranslow@umassmed.edu 508-856-6723
Bill Ravanesi Health Care Without Harm ravanesi@comcast.net 413-565-2315
Lauralee Raymond Environmental Health Strategy Center lraymond@preventharm.org 207-699-5791
Kim Reynolds Reid Gradient kreid@gradientcorp.com 617-395-5577
Gene Ricciardelli M D Stetson Co, Inc gene.ricciardelli@mdstetson.com 781-986-6161 ext 139
Sheryl Rosner US EPA Region 1 rosner.sheryl@epa.gov 617-918-1865
Mark Rossi Clean Production Action Mark@CleanProduction.org 781-391-6743
Carol Rosskam Northeastern University c.rosskam@neu.edu 617-373-8730
George Ruger gruger04@yahoo.com 845-542-0391
Walter Schoepf DEPP-SPMMPB-P2, US EPA Region 2 schoepf.walter@epa.gov 212-637-3729
John Sexton The Dodge Company jsexton@dodgeco.com 617-661-0500
Laura Shea Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center laura.e.shea@hitchcock.org 603-650-7233
Wei Shi BIDMC newsw8@yahoo.com 857-998-8074
Alexis Shusterman ORD/IOAA shusterman.alexis@epa.gov 503-752-9904
Stacie Smith Consensus Building Institute stacie@cbuilding.org 617-844-1124
Curt Spalding US EPA Region 1 spalding.curt@epa.gov 617-918-1010
Nicole Starman US EPA Region 1 starman.nicole@epa.gov 617-918-1670
Susan Studlien Office of Environmental Stewardship studlien.susan@epa.gov 617-918-1701
Joel Tickner Department of Community Health and Sustainability joel_tickner@uml.edu 978-934-2981
Yve Torrie Lowell Center for Sustainable Production yve_torrie@uml.edu 978-934-3121
Dwight Tshudy Gordon College dwight.tshudy@gordon.edu 978-867-4799
Vesela Veleva Boston College velevav@bc.edu 617-552-8680
Marcy Vozzella Northern Essex Community College mvozzella@necc.mass.edu 978-556-3326
John  Warner Warner Babcock Institute  info@learngreenchemistry.com 978-229-5400
Barbara Warren Citizens' Environmental Coalition warrenba@msn.com 518-462-5527 / 845-754-7951
Lindsey Waterhouse Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center lindsey.c.waterhouse@hitchcock.org 603-650-7233
Ernest Waterman USEPA New England Regional Laboratory waterman.ernest@epa.gov 617-918-8632
David Wawer MCTA wawer@sbcglobal.net 617-451-6282
Jeri Weiss US EPA Region 1 weiss.jeri@epa.gov 617-918-1568
Adam Wienert Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA) awienert@newmoa.org 617-367-8558 x307
Richard Williams Environmental Science & Green Chemistry Consulting rtwilliams23@gmail.com 860 460-7275
Jackie Willwerth US EPA Region 1 willwerth.jackie@epa.gov 617-918-1121
Martin Wolf Seventh Generation, Inc. mhw@seventhgeneration.com 802-540-3791
John Wong Pfizer Inc john.w.wong@pfizer.com 860-441-6882
Katherine Woodward US EPA Region 1 woodward.katherine@epa.gov 617-918-1353 
Denyce Wicht Suffolk University dwicht@suffolk.edu 617- 573-8252
Lan Yang Genzyme lanyang2006@gmail.com 781-464-3961
Corinne Young Corinne Young LLC cyoung@corinneyoungllc.com 781-686-2226
Beth Zonis Eco Marketing LLC beth.zonis@gmail.com 617-501-9660


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