Making Alternatives Assessment Protective for Vulnerable Populations

Posted on Sep 9, 2016 in Developing Tools and Practices, Projects, What I'm Working On |

Dr. Blake and Sally Edwards, ScD. of UMass Lowell’s Center for Sustainable Production are working with the Natural Resources Defense Council and Californians for A Healthy and Green Environment (CHANGE) on developing principles and implementation guidelines to ensure that the most vulnerable among us are protected in the selection of safer alternative chemicals, products and...

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Wellness Within Your Walls Standards for Residential Interiors

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 in Developing Tools and Practices, Projects, Top 10 Projects, What I'm Working On |

Dr. Ann Blake of EPHC has been working with Wellness Within Your Walls (WWYW) of Atlanta, GA to develop curriculum, guidelines and standards for residential interior furnishings. WWYW’s categories of Natural, Sustainable and Responsible will be utilized in the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)’s New American Home 2017. WWYW’s goal is to drastically reduce toxic chemicals in the residential living...

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Exposure Characterization in Alternatives Assessment

Posted on Jun 10, 2015 in Developing Tools and Practices, Developing Tools and Practices, Presentations |

Dr. Ann  Blake presented at the International Symposium on Alternatives Assessment: Advancing Science and Practice conference, held at the Natcher Conference Center of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland on March 5 and 6, 2015. Dr. Blake’s presentation, Exposure Characterization in Alternatives Assessment, was part of the panel titled Advancing the Practice on Hazard Assessment and Exposure Characterization. Dr....

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Five Steps to Reduce the Chemical Footprint of Plastic Products

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 in Developing Tools and Practices, What's on My Mind |

By switching the type of plastic used in its IV bags, Dignity Health care system kept 700,000 pounds of high-concern chemicals — the equivalent in weight of a Boeing 747 airplane — out of the environment, according to BizNGO’s new analysis of plastics, The Plastics Scorecard v.1.0. Starting from fossil fuels, the steps in plastics manufacturing are littered with chemicals of high concern to human health and the environment. For companies...

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Plastics Scorecard V 1.0 Launched July 1 2014

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 in Developing Tools and Practices, Publications, What I'm Working On, What's on My Mind |

Ann Blake, PhD of Environmental & Public Health Consulting and Mark Rossi, PhD, co-director of Clean Production Action have co-authored the Plastics Scorecard V1.0: Evaluating the Chemical Footprint of Plastics: The Plastics Scorecard v.1.0 offers the first comprehensive method for assessing and reducing chemicals of high concern in plastics. “From baby bottles made with BPA to medical devices made with DEHP, plastics are a surprising...

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