Growing the Practice of Alternatives Assessment: How to Use the OECD Toolbox Webinar
The webinar included:
- An overview and demonstration of the recently launched online OECD Substitution and Alternatives Assessment Toolbox
- Information on how the tool was developed by the OECD Ad Hoc Group on Substitution of Harmful Chemicals.
Design for the Environment (DfE) Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics
Kathy Hart is with the Design for the Environment (DfE) Program in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, and has over 34 years of experience in the field of environmental protection. She co-led the recent DfE Alternatives Assessment Update for Flame Retardants in Flexible Polyurethane Foam, and before that led four major life-cycle assessment and two Cleaner Technologies Substitutes Assessment studies and partnerships for DfE. She also served as an Environmental Scientist with EPA’s Office of Toxic Substances and the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Ms. Hart earned a B.S. degree in Microbiology at the University of Michigan and holds a Masters degree in Zoology/Aquatic Ecology from Virginia Tech.
Environmental Health Scientist
Abt Associates, Inc.
Emily Connor is an environmental health scientist at Abt Associates Inc. She has over 15 years of experience related to reducing the adverse health and environmental impacts of chemicals. She currently provides managerial and technical support to U.S. EPA’s Safer Choice and Alternatives Assessment Programs. Ms. Connor holds a BA in Environmental Science from Washington University.
Jonathan is a waste management specialist with the University of Wisconsin Extension’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center, and is located in Stevens Point, WI. He assists the business community in reducing hazardous materials usage, and managing solid wastes. He became interested in “green chemistry” and alternatives assessment several years ago, and subsequently became involved with the OECD in developing the safer chemical substitution website, OECD Substitution and Alternatives Assessment Toolbox, focusing on content development. He also was part of a group that created the Green Chemistry Guide, which was recently published.