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A4 Webinar - July 11, 2019

A4 Webinar Series: Alternatives Assessment's Past, Present, & Future 

Occurred on: Thursday, July 11, 2019

View Slides (pdf),  Watch on YouTube

Please join us for the launch of the Association for the Advancement of Alternatives Assessment’s (A4) quarterly webinar series. The field of alternatives assessment is being driven by increasing policy and market demands to substitute chemicals of concern in process and products, as well as the need to help decision-makers in industry and government make smarter, safer choices about chemicals, materials and technologies used. To kick off this series, the first A4 webinar will address Alternative Assessment's Past, Present, and Future, including:

  • The origins of alternatives assessment and its recent history as well as successes;
  • An overview on advances in the field’s methods and practice as well as ongoing gaps that require engagement and collaborations among multi-disciplinary array of professionals to accelerate the pace of methods development and standards of practice;
  • The recent launch of A4 as a forum to support advancing the science in support of quality alternatives assessments, developing professional excellence, enhancing capacity, and sharing best practices.


  • Joel Tickner, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production
  • Molly Jacobs, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production
  • Amelia Nestler, Northwest Green Chemistry
  • Pam Spencer, Angus Chemical Company


Tickner, J. , Jacobs, M. , Malloy, T. , Buck, T. , Stone, A. , Blake, A. and Edwards, S. (2019), Advancing alternatives assessment for safer chemical substitution: A research and practice agenda. Integr Environ Assess Manag. doi:10.1002/ieam.4094

Northwest Green Chemistry’s anti-fouling boat paint alternatives assessment

Northwest Green Chemistry’s alternatives to 5 phthalates of concern for Puget Sound

Presentation slides from the 2018 International Symposium on Alternatives Assessment


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