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Thursday June 13 2019 - The Chemical Class Approach towards Healthier Products, Healthier People

When: Thursday, June 13, 2019, 1:00 pm -4:00 pm

BCBSMA Innovation Center, Well-B
800 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02199


Please register by Monday, June 10, Click here to register, event page password = healthforall

Scientist and public health advocate Dr. Arlene Blum, Founder, Green Science Policy Institute, will introduce the Six Classes of harmful chemicals. Rather than addressing the tens of thousands of chemicals in the market one at a time, the chemical class approach educates architects, designers, and business and government decision makers about chemical families containing many of the hazardous substances commonly found in our products. With this information, better choices of chemicals can be made, “regrettable substitutions” avoided, and human and ecological health protected.

Liz Harriman, Deputy Director, Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute, University of Massachusetts Lowell, will present the TUR approach, linking classes and categories and provide an overview of the Commonwealth market highlighting opportunities to create, source, and implement, healthier, safer products.

Event Agenda -

1:00 PM - Registration,Coffee and Light Snack
1:20 PM - Welcome and Introductions, Jeff Bellows, VP Corporate Citizenship & Public Affairs,BlueCross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
1:30 PM - Healthier Products, Healthier People –Chemicals Management Applying the Six Classes Framework, Dr. Arlene Blum, Scientist and Public Health Advocate, Executive Director, Green Science Policy Institute
2:20 PM - Group Exercise
2:40 PM - MassachusettsOpportunities –Reducing the Use of Toxic Chemicals - Liz Harriman, Deputy Director, Toxics Use Reduction Institute
3:05 PM - Group Exercise
3:25 PM - Panel: Supply Chain and PurchaserPerspectives

  • Ali Salehi,President, Columbia Manufacturing
  • Jennifer Taranto, Director of Sustainability, LEEP AP, WELL AP, Structure Tone
  • John Ullman, Sustainability Manager, Harvard University
  • Julia Wolfe, Director of Environmental Purchasing, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (invited)
  • Monica Nakielski, Director Sustainability and Environmental Health, BlueCross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

4:00 PM - Wrap-up