Presentation to Mount Holyoke College alumnae in Singapore, August 25, 2012
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Green Chemistry and the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Philippines Department of Environment - Environmental Management BureauGreen Chemistry and the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Philippines Department of Environment - Environmental Management Bureau
May 30, 2017 N/A
The Department of Environment – Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB), in cooperation with the EcoWaste Coalition, warmly invite you to participate in a very informative and thought-provoking seminar on Green Chemistry on 30 May 2017, Tuesday, 1:30 – 4:30 pm, at the Conference Room A, 3rd Floor, AQMTC Bldg., EMB, Visayas Ave., Quezon City.
The seminar will shed light on Green Chemistry, a growing design philosophy and business strategy that aims to make processes and products safe for the people and the environment by reducing or eliminating the use of hazardous substances and the generation of hazardous wastes. Topics to be covered include, among other things, the principles of Green Chemistry, its health, environmental as well as business benefits, the methodologies being used to find feasible replacements for chemicals of concern, and case studies demonstrating the practicality and viability of Green Chemistry, including initiatives to switch from a “take-make-waste” model to a more sustainable “triple bottom” of people, planet and prosperity.
Our speaker for this seminar is Dr. Ann Blake from California, USA. Dr. Blake is an independent consultant with over 23 years of experience finding safer alternatives to industrial chemicals in global manufacturing. 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. She recently joined the Board of the University of California Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry in November 2016. Prior to consulting, Dr. Blake worked for the California Environmental Protection Agency's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) as a hazardous waste inspector and Northern California Pollution Prevention Coordinator. She is a member of the Green Ribbon Science Panel (GRSP), which advises the California EPA on the implementation of California’s Safer Consumer Product regulations and other scientific and technical matters related the Green Chemistry. According to the GRSP, “Dr. Blake's interest in green chemistry lies with the opportunity to create pragmatic solutions with a broad range of stakeholders to move us collectively towards a more sustainable economy that provides jobs and growth while protecting the health of individuals, communities and our environment.” Dr. Blake has a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and neural development from the University of Oregon.
In this regard, we would like to invite you to participate in the seminar and join the rest of the attendees from the government, industry, civil society and the academe in learning more about Green Chemistry and its potentials to contribute towards our country's sustainable development.
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Microplastics In Cosmetics - PhilBeautySummit 2017Microplastics In Cosmetics - PhilBeautySummit 2017
May 31, 2017 N/A
Microplastics are an emerging material of concern in cosmetics. Dr. Blake with provide an overview of the common uses of microplastics in cosmetics and personal care products and describe emerging concerns around their environmental impacts. She will briefly describe how microplastics use became a concern and will summarize current scientific research and regulatory bans at the state, national and regional level in the US and Europe.
Ann Blake is an independent consultant with over 23 years of experience finding safer alternatives to industrial chemicals in global manufacturing. 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. She works with predominantly female immigrant populations in the US who take low barrier to entry employment (hotel room cleaning, house cleaning, garment cleaning, nail salons, etc.) that include disproportionate exposures to chemicals in the workplace.
Dr. Blake’s current clients include the Garfield Foundation’s Cancer-Free Economy Network, the City of San Francisco’s Department of Environment, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Blue-Green Alliance, a national strategic partnership between labor unions and environmental organizations. Past clients have included the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and GoodGuide, GoodGuide.Com is an online web, iPhone app and Android app tool which enables consumers to retrieve evaluations of the health, environmental, and social impacts of consumer products such as toys, food, and detergents
Dr. Blake is a member of the Green Ribbon Science Panel created by the California legislature in 2009 to advise California EPA on the implementation of California’s Safer Consumer Product regulations. Dr. Blake currently co-chairs the board of Women’s Voices for the Earth in Missoula, Montana. She has just joined the board of the UC Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry. Prior to consulting, Ann worked for the California Environmental Protection Agency's Department of Toxic Substances Control as a hazardous waste inspector and Pollution Prevention Coordinator. Ann Blake has a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and neural development from the University of Oregon.
Ann was born in Singapore and grew up in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia, graduating from high school at the International School Bangkok while her parents were working at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific UN-ESCAP) in Bangkok.
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UCLA Center for Occupational and Environmental Health Symposium: Toxics in Everyday LifeUCLA Center for Occupational and Environmental Health Symposium: Toxics in Everyday Life
June 9, 2017 N/A
In this day of learning, we will explore core questions such as:
1) What are “toxics”?
2) Where can they be found?
3) How are you affected as an individual or worker?
4) What can consumers do to protect themselves?
5) What are businesses and advocacy groups doing to change things?
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Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Club of Northern California Annual MeetingMount Holyoke College Alumnae Club of Northern California Annual Meeting
June 17, 2017 –
Mount Holyoke Club of Northern California
Please join us for the Club of Northern California’s Annual Meeting!
Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017
The event is free but you have the opportunity to pay your 2017–2018 dues during registration. Thank you for helping support club activities.
The Annual Meeting is an opportunity to recap the past year, confirm next year’s board, and celebrate our Northern California alums. We will hear stories of personal and professional growth from alums, including Sarah Gamble ’98 and Tina J. Ling ’92, and Mount Holyoke College Trustee Ann Blake ’85, who will share an update on the state of the College and her own personal background. We hope you can join us.
We look forward to seeing you on June 17! Thank you for being part of the Mount Holyoke alum community of Northern California!
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