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About the Symposium

Symposium

The field of alternatives assessment has grown significantly over the last decade because of increasing regulatory and consumer demands to substitute chemicals of concern in consumer products. 

This two-day international symposium will provide a collegial forum for governmental agency staff, university researchers, industry sustainability professionals, environmental health consultants and advocates to:

  • Understand advances in alternatives assessment and practices to support informed substitution
  • Foster new collaborations between academic, government and industry alternatives assessment practitioners
  • Identify training education and technical support needs for alternatives assessment and informed substitution
  • Initiate the formation of the Association for the Advancement of Alternatives Assessment (A4) – formalizing the community of practice

Symposium Planning Committee

Topher Buck, Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association

Peter Fantke, Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen, Division for Quantitative Sustainability Assessment, Department of Management Engineering and UNEP/SETAC Task Force on Toxic Impacts

Art Fong, Apple

Lauren Heine, Northwest Green Chemistry

Molly Jacobs, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production

Denis Mottet, European Chemicals Agency

Karl Palmer, Safer Consumer Products Branch, California Department of Toxic Substances Control

Katherine Phillips, Environmental Protection Agency, National Exposure Research Laboratory

Cathy Rudisill, SRC

Tatiana Santos, European Environmental Bureau

Jessica Schifano, Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Rachel Simon, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production

Pam Spencer, ANGUS Chemical Company

Joel Tickner, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production

Meg Whittaker, ToxServices

Meredith Williams, Safer Products & Workplaces Program, California Department of Toxic Substances Control