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Joel Tickner, ScD, Project Director

Associate Professor, Department of Community Health and Sustainability, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Dr. Joel Tickner is Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he is also a Principal Investigator at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production.  His training is in toxics chemicals policy, epidemiology, risk assessment, and pollution prevention.  He has served as an advisor and researcher for several government agencies, international agencies, non-profit environmental groups and trade unions both in the U.S. and abroad during the past twelve years.  He teaches and conducts trainings in a variety of environmental health topics including risk assessment, toxic substances policy, children’s environmental health and pollution prevention. He was co-coordinator of the Wingspread Conference on the Precautionary Principle, co-editor of the book Protecting Public Health and the Environment:  Implementing the Precautionary Principle and editor of the book Precaution, Environmental Science, and Preventive Public Policy.  He has over 100 publications and conference presentations on the topics of chemicals policy, pollution prevention, risk assessment, and uncertainty and the precautionary principle.  He serves on the editorial boards of several journals, is a peer reviewer for journals and government documents and served on the EPA’s National Pollution Prevention and Toxics Advisory Committee.  He is currently building an undergraduate environmental health BS program at the university. He holds a Masters of Science degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and a Doctor of Science Degree from the Department of Work Environment at University of Massachusetts Lowell and for three years was an Environmental Protection Agency STAR Fellow.

Yve Torrie, MA, Project Manager

Yve Torrie is Project Manager of the Chemicals Policy and Science Initiative at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. Yve managers the initiative's projects, working with industry, state and federal government representatives, and non-governmental organizations to achieve its objectives. She also works in specific research areas within the Initiative, most recently working with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in developing an action plan to implement its Executive Directive to promote Green Chemistry, developing a Green Chemistry roadmap for states, working with state agencies on chemicals policy reform efforts, researching limits of federal policies on toxic substances in consumer products, and working with retailers to develop best practices in product chemicals management in the retail industry. Yve graduated from Tufts University's Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning where she specialized in environmental health issues, interned with the Office of Technical Assistance for Toxics Use Reduction and wrote her thesis on Alternatives to Perchloroethylene in the Drycleaning Industry in Massachusetts. She has an extensive background in program management in the non-profit marketing and communication sector that was accomplished prior to her graduate studies.

Ken Geiser, PhD, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production Co-Director

Professor, Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Dr. Kenneth Geiser is an internationally recognized specialist on pollution prevention, clean production and industrial chemicals policy.  He is a Professor of Work Environment at the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he is also the Co-Director of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, a center that promotes sustainable solutions in chemical management and product design.  Dr. Geiser is one of the authors of the 1989 Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act.  He has served as a policy advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the United Nations Environment Program and has participated on several boards of non-profit environmental organizations.  He is the author of many articles on pollution prevention, toxic chemical policy and sustainable development and a book, Materials Matter:  Toward a Sustainable Materials Policy.  He holds graduate and doctoral degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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