Chemicals Without Harm: Policies For A Sustainable World

Bill Walsh - October 2, 2015

Ken Geiser's Book Tour
October Events
 
Monday, October 5, 6:00-8:00
 
Parsons School of Design, The New School, L105 University Center 
65 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York
 
Monday, October 13, 11:45-12:50
 
Santa Clara University, Benson Parlor B 
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA
 
Tuesday, October 20, 2:00-3:00
 
UC Berkeley, 775 Tan, University of California 
Berkeley, CA
 
Thursday, October 22, 6:00-8:00
 
San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium 
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA
 
Wednesday, October 28, 12:00-12:30
 
P2 Regional Roundtable 
Silver Cloud Stadium, 1046 First Avenue South, Seattle, WA. 
 
Thursday, October 29, 5:00-7:00
 
Portland State University, 123 Market Center Building 
Market and Fourth Streets, Portland, OR
 
MIT Press has published a new book by Dr. Ken Geiser, who most recently served as a Senior Materials Health Fellow of the LEED, Materials and Health Initiative of the US Green Building Council. Chemicals Without Harm: Policies For A Sustainable World incorporates lessons from the building industry, along with other key industrial sectors from electronics to cosmetics, to show how a shift in chemicals strategy is beginning and a safer chemicals policy framework is emerging. The new framework is based upon characterizing, classifying, and prioritizing chemicals, generating and using new chemical information, and promoting transitions to safer chemicals. For those of us in the green building movement who are at the forefront of materials transparency and optimization efforts, Ken's new book offers both insight and affirmation that these efforts are leading an industrial transformation to healthier and more sustainable industrial economy. A Science Magazine review of the book concludes: "Geiser has gathered a wealth of information and applies it to the problem at hand in an imaginative way: offering a framework for how to reorient a hazardous and resource intensive industry toward safety and sustainability." 
 
Ken is now on a book tour that kicks off at Parsons School of Design in New York next Monday. New York based friends of HBN are invited to attend Chemicals Without Harm: An Evening with Dr. Ken Geiser next Monday, October 5th. Ken will discuss his new book with an emphasis on the role of architects and designers have in building a more sustainable economy on a foundation of green chemistry. Please RSVP for the event below, and watch for Ken as his book tour takes him across the country. See other venue websites for more information.
 
 
Ken is Professor Emeritus of Work Environment at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Founder and past Co-Director of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, and the author of a previous book: Materials Matter: Toward a Sustainable Materials Policy. He was an author of the landmark Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act, Director of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute for thirteen years, and a founding Board member of HBN!

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