Dennis McGavisThe Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Dennis McGavis is Director Global EHS Sustainability for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. He has served in this position since April 2012. He is also Goodyear’s Co-chair of the CEO Environmental Initiative for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
With over 30 years of experience in product stewardship, sustainability and energy initiatives, Dennis has worked for companies such as Shaw Industries (3 years), Hewlett-Packard (20 years) and Seagate Technology (2 years). He co-developed the first ENERGY STARS program for office equipment and co-invented the “Product Stewardship” domain.
Dennis has a M.S. in Environmental Engineering & Management from Colorado State University and a B.A.S. in Electrical Engineering from Boise State University.
John WarnerWarner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry
John Warner received his BS in Chemistry from UMASS Boston, and his PhD in Chemistry from Princeton University. After working at the Polaroid Corporation for nearly a decade, he then served as tenured full professor at UMASS Boston and Lowell (Chemistry and Plastics Engineering). In 2007 he founded the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, LLC (A research organization developing green chemistry technologies) where he serves as President and Chief Technology Officer, and Beyond Benign (a non-profit dedicated to sustainability and green chemistry education). He is one of the founders of the field of Green Chemistry, co-authoring the defining text Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice with Paul Anastas. He has published over 200 patents, papers and books. His recent work in the fields of semiconductor design, biodegradable plastics, personal care products, solar energy and polymeric photoresists are examples of how green chemistry principles can be immediately incorporated into commercially relevant applications. Warner received The 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring, the American Institute of Chemistry's Northeast Division's Distinguished Chemist of the Year for 2002 and the Council of Science Society President’s 2008 Leadership award. Warner was named by ICIS as one of the most influential people impacting the global chemical industries. In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and named one of “25 Visionaries Changing the World” by Utne Reader.
Julie ZimmermanYale Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering
Julie Beth Zimmerman is the Donna L. Dubinsky Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering jointly appointed to the Chemical & Environmental Engineering Department of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is the Associate Director for Research at the Yale Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering.
Professor Zimmerman’s research interests broadly focus on green chemistry and engineering with specific emphasis on green downstream processing and life cycle assessment of algal biomass for fuels and value-added chemicals as well as novel biobased sorbents for purification of drinking water and remediation of industrial wastewater. Other ongoing focus areas include the design of safer chemicals from first principles and the implications of nanomaterials on human health and the environment. Further, to enhance the likelihood of successful implementation of these next generation designs, Dr. Zimmerman studies the effectiveness and impediments of current and potential policies developed to advance sustainability. Together, these efforts represent a systematic and holistic approach to addressing the challenges of sustainability to enhance water and resource quality and quantity, to improve environmental protection, and to provide for a higher quality of life.
Dr. Zimmerman previously served as an Engineer and program coordinator in the Office of Research and Development at the United States Environmental Protection Agency where she managed sustainability research grants and created EPA's P3 (People, Prosperity, and the Planet) Award program. She received a joint PhD from the University of Michigan in Environmental Engineering and Natural Resource Policy.
Lauren HeineCo-Director, Clean Production Action
Dr. Lauren Heine applies green chemistry, green engineering and design for the environment for sustainable business practices. Lauren works closely with the USEPA Design for the Environment Program to facilitate the development of DfE Screens for Safer Chemicals. She co-authored the GreenScreen™ for Safer Chemicals, a tool for benchmarking chemicals based on inherent hazard and currently serves on the California Green Ribbon Science Panel. She is co-chairing the buyers tool development subcommittee for Wal-Mart's Sustainable Value Network for Chemical Intensive Products. She co-founded the Oregon-based Zero Waste Alliance and was a Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science in the Green Chemistry Program at the US EPA. From 2003-2007, Lauren served as Director of Applied Science at GreenBlue Institute where she initiated and developed CleanGredients™, a web-based chemical information platform, developed in partnership with the US EPA's Design for the Environment Program. Lauren publishes on green chemistry metrics, alternatives assessment and science-based multi-stakeholder processes. Recent publications include a textbook entitled Introduction to Environmental Engineering, 3rd ed. into which she integrated sustainable development, cradle-to-cradle design, green chemistry, green engineering and sustainable materials management concepts. Lauren earned her doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University.
Cindy McComasCo‐Project Manager, Safer Chemistry Challenge Program; Adjunct Professor, University of Minnesota
Cindy McComas is a co‐project manager for the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program, a program of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Minnesota teaching a fall course on pollution prevention and energy efficiency and co‐teaching a fully on‐line course the remainder of the year entitled Renewable Energy and the Environment. She recently served as a researcher for the Institute on the Environment’s NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Minnesota, focusing on a project to increase business investments in industrial energy efficiency. Cindy served as Director of the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) at the University of Minnesota from 1985 through 2010 which provides pollution prevention and energy efficiency technical assistance to Minnesota industry.
Teresa McGrathNSF International
Teresa McGrath represents NSF International, a not-for-profit public safety company based in Ann Arbor Michigan. Before working for NSF, Teresa earned her Masters degree in Clean Chemical Technology at the University of York, England and a B.A. in Biology from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. She spent two years at the EPA in the Design for the Environment (DfE) Branch of the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT). She now is the Supervising Toxicologist for the Green Chemistry Programs at NSF which include: Chemical Product Formulation Reviews for the EPA’s Design for the Environment Safer Labeling Program, Ingredient Reviews for the CleanGredients™ Database, Risk Assessments, Inventory Assessments, Sustainable Product Certifications, Eco-Efficiency Analysis and Green Screen Assessments.
Jennifer RutkiewiczToxicologist, ToxServices
Dr. Jennifer Rutkiewicz earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Michigan, where she studied the neurological impacts of mercury in birds, and her M.S. in Biological Sciences from Wright State University, where she studied the immunological impacts of organochlorine contaminants in birds. Prior to working with ToxServices, Dr. Rutkiewicz completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan, where she was involved in field studies assessing mercury exposure and impacts in mammals, and laboratory studies assessing effects of flame retardants in birds and developing and performing high throughput assays for the screening of chemicals. Since joining ToxServices, she has performed toxicological assessments for cosmetic product ingredients, evaluated chemicals for submission to the U.S EPA’s Design for the Environment Program, and screened chemicals using Clean Production Action’s GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals.
Michael Schmeida, LEED™APCorporate Manager of Stewardship, Oatey
Mr. Schmeida has recently joined Oatey, a manufacturer of plumbing supplies in Cleveland, Ohio as the organization’s Corporate Manager, Stewardship with sustainability, compliance, code and regulatory oversight across all of Oatey’s brands and operations. Before that he was at Tremco’s Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing Division for 10 years, beginning as a Technical Service Representative and leaving as the Division’s Director, Compliance & Sustainability. He has been a featured speaker and author on over three dozen occasions, including speaking at California DTSC on green chemistry, and has previously taught an introductory sustainability course at his two-time alma mater, The University of Akron. He is Chair of ASTM Committee E60 on Sustainability, Former Chair of the Adhesive and Sealants Council’s Regulatory Affairs Committee, Chair of PPFA’s Cements Committee, a member of SSPC 189.1 within ASHRAE, on the ASTM Built Environment Advisory Committee and active within nearly two dozen other organizations and/or committees at various levels.
Dr. Whittaker has over seventeen years of experience in both the performance and management of toxicology and human health hazard and risk assessment-related projects. She is currently the Managing Director and Chief Toxicologist of ToxServices LLC, where she serves as the project manager and technical lead of ToxServices projects for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Clean Production Action, international certification organizations, testing laboratories, and consumer products companies that manufacture and test products such as cleaning chemicals, fragrance agents, cosmetics, dietary supplements, food additives, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, drinking water additives, and drinking water system components. As project manager and technical lead for contracts with these organizations, Dr. Whittaker has contributed to and/or managed the development of 500 human health risk assessments, as well as hundreds of product-specific toxicology evaluations and hazard-based alternative assessments.
Dr. Whittaker is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology who earned a Ph.D. in Toxicology from The University of Maryland, Baltimore and an M.P.H. in Environmental Health from The University of Michigan. Dr. Whittaker is a U.K./Eurotox Registered Toxicologist, as well as a Chartered Biologist and Fellow of the U.K. Society of Biology. Dr. Whittaker has built her career on a foundation grounded in leadership and adherence to details and timelines. One of her first career awards (1992) was a United States Coast Guard Commandant’s Award for Outstanding Civilian Service, where her “alacrity and tenacity” displayed while working on projects associated with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 were officially recognized. In addition to her extensive program management experience, Dr. Whittaker has extensive technical experience in hazard identification and non-cancer and cancer dose-response assessment, including quantitative risk assessment (e.g., benchmark dose modeling for both carcinogens and non-carcinogens), and predictive toxicology modeling.