Dr. Ann Blake of EPHC was contracted by the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell to prepare a white paper characterizing the current landscape of measures of green chemistry. Dr. Blake presented a summary of her research at the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council’s Innovators Roundtable at Nike’s headquarters in Portland, Oregon on April 29, 2015. The white paper on green chemistry metrics was one of five commissioned by the GC3 on its 10th anniversary. The final version of the report was released December 2015.
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. Blake’s fellow panelists included Dr. Meg Whittaker of ToxServices, and discussants Cal Baier-Anderson of US EPA and Helen Holder of Hewlett-Packard.
Dr. Ann Blake, founder and principal of Environmental and Public Health Consulting, had the honor and distinct pleasure of speaking at her alma mater, Mount Holyoke College, on October 24, 2013. Here’s how the Miller Worley Center for the Environment at the College described her talk. Dr. Blake’s presentation was co-sponsored by the Politics Department at Mount Holyoke.
Potentially harmful chemicals are everywhere, including in food packaging, cleaning products, cosmetics, and other unexpected places. And exposure to toxic chemicals is linked to all major public health problems, including obesity, heart disease, childhood cancers, and neurological problems.
Ann Blake ’85, a College trustee, is an expert in the environmental impact of chemicals in consumer products. She believes that “one of the key obstacles that keep businesses from making more sustainable choices about their sourcing, manufacturing, retailing, or purchasing is the lack of information and good decision-making tools.” So she founded Environmental and Public Health Consulting to help organizations reduce use of harmful chemicals while meeting their needs for goods, services, and jobs.
She will speak on “Travels of a Rubber Duck: Science and Policy on Chemicals in Global Manufacturing” Thursday, October 24, at 4:30 pm in room 305 of Kendade Hall.
Blake will talk about what scientific research tells us about the human health and environmental impacts of chemicals in products, as well as the latest developments in regulation of chemicals. She will also discuss the interplay among science, regulation, policy, and global economic drivers, and current efforts to shift from a “take-make-waste” economic model to a greener “triple bottom line” of people, planet, and prosperity.
Blake has 20 years of experience in toxics-reduction strategies. Her work has included creating criteria for environmentally preferable purchasing, ecolabels, and product-rating systems as well as local, national, and international chemicals-policy reform. Her talk is sponsored by MHC’s Miller Worley Center for the Environment.
17th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference, North Bethesda, MD, June 18, 2013
Alternatives assessment has emerged in the past decade and a half as the practical implementation of the precautionary principle. Chemical hazard assessment has developed as a key element of alternatives assessment in the context of selecting replacements for chemicals of concern. Alternatives assessment allows for not only the drop-in replacements of chemicals of concern, but also material, process and design changes to achieve the desired functionality. Assessment tools and decision-making methodologies are continuing to emerge and evolve as government and industry grapple with the appropriate criteria and acceptable trade-offs to reduce chemical impacts on human health and the environment. This presentation will provide an overview of emerging methodologies being developed to guide the identification and selection of viable replacements for chemicals of concern. These methodologies include Alternatives Assessment protocols, Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, Life-Cycle Analysis or the use of life cycle considerations to inform decision-making.
On December 8, 2011, Dr. Ann Blake testified before the California Assembly’s Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee on California’s ground-breaking Safer Consumer Product Regulations. Here is a transcript of her testimony: Ann Blake_ESTM Safer Product Regulations Oversight Testimony 8 Dec 2011