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8th Networking Conference Call Series
October - December 2009


Deciding What Chemicals to Produce:
Different Perspectives

    Thursday, November 5th
    1:00 - 2:30 PM EST

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Overview   This call will explore different perspectives on how best to ensure the safety of chemicals used in everyday products.  It will provide an overview of the processes chemical manufacturers use to decide what chemicals to bring to market, as well as a summary of the principles of green chemistry that call on manufacturers to ensure the inherent safety of their products.  The call will include an update on the status of efforts to reform the chemicals policy framework at the national and state levels. We will hear from the person charged with product responsibility at a leading chemical manufacturing firm and one of the founders of the green chemistry movement.
Moderator   Jennifer Nash, Product Stewardship Institute

Greg Bond, Dow Chemical Company
John Warner, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry

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Jennifer Nash, Product Stewardship Institute
Jennifer Nash is Director for Policy and Programs at the Product Stewardship Institute.  Before joining PSI, Jennifer was Executive Director of the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and Director of the School’s Regulatory Policy Program. She is the co-editor of two books on environmental policy innovation including Leveraging the Private Sector (2006) and Regulating from the Inside (2001), and recently completed the report, “Beyond Compliance: Business Decision Making and the US EPA’s Performance Track Program.” She is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology and co-chaired the group’s environmental stewardship work group. Before coming to the Kennedy School in 2001, Jennifer was Associate Director and Acting Director of the Technology, Business, and Environment Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research addressed environmental management practices in firms and included a review of the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care initiative. She was also Program Director and Executive Director of the Clean Air Council, a leading environmental advocacy organization in the Philadelphia area. Jennifer has published in numerous journals such as Environmental Science and Technology; Issues in Science and Technology; Pollution Prevention Review; and Resources, Conservation, and Recycling.  She has presented policy recommendations to EPA’s Innovation Action Council, the National Environmental Partnership Summit, and the Environmental Evaluators Networking Forum, and is on the board of directors of the Multi-State Working Group on Environmental Performance.  Jennifer was recently appointed to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Subcommittee on Promoting Environmental Stewardship to advise EPA on ways it can encourage private sector firms, organizations, and individuals to take actions that complement and go beyond environmental regulatory requirements.

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Greg Bond, Dow Chemical Company
Greg Bond is Corporate Director of Product Responsibility for The Dow Chemical Company.  In this position, Greg provides leadership for Dow's product stewardship programs globally, including experts who ensure Dow's products are safe for their intended use and comply with all regulatory and Dow requirements  He also directs Dow's Toxicology & Environmental Research and Consulting (TERC) organization which provides testing, research and consultative services for Dow's businesses.  Greg obtained a Ph.D. in Epidemiology after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and a Masters degree in Public Health, all from the University of Michigan.  He joined Dow as an epidemiologist in 1979.  Greg has published more than sixty peer-reviewed journal articles on epidemiology research and product stewardship.  In 1988, he was elected a Fellow in the American College of Epidemiology.  For 3 years, Greg chaired the American Chemistry Council's Health, Product and Science Policy Team and played a key leadership role in the development of a number of key product stewardship initiatives (e.g., US EPA High Production Chemical Challenge, and the Global Product Strategy).  He was also Vice Chairman of the Association of International Chemical Manufacturers, the leading chemical industry association in China.  Greg is currently co-chairing the International Council of Chemical Association's Chemicals Policy and Health Leadership Group which is working to improve the product safety performance of the global chemical industry, its reputation and strengthen science and risk-based chemicals management legislation and regulation throughout the world. 

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John Warner, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry
John C. Warner is President & Chief Technology Officer of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, which he co?founded with Jim Babcock in 2007. John Warner received his BS (1984) in Chemistry from UMASS Boston and his MS (1986) and PhD (1988) in Organic Chemistry from Princeton University. He worked at the Polaroid Corporation from 1988 – 1997 in exploratory research and media research. In 1997 he accepted a position at the University of Massachusetts (Chemistry, Boston Campus, 1997-2004 and Plastics Engineering, Lowell Campus, 2004-2007). Warner has published over 100 patents, papers and books and is co-author of Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice with Paul Anastas. His recent patents in the fields of semiconductor design, biodegradable plastics, personal care products and polymeric photoresists are examples of how green chemistry principles can be immediately incorporated into commercially relevant applications. Warner is editor of Green Chemistry Letters and Reviews and associate editor of the journal Organic Preparations and Procedures International. Warner also serves on the Board of Directors of the Green Chemistry Institute in Washington DC. He received The 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring from President Bush, and was awarded the American Institute of Chemistry's Northeast Division's Distinguished Chemist of the Year for 2002.  In 2009, the Council of Scientific Society Presidents honored John Warner and Paul Anastas with their Leadership in Science award for founding the field of Green Chemistry.

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