Dr. Lauren Heine applies the principles and practices of green chemistry, green engineering and multi-stakeholder collaboration leading to systemic changes and innovation to enhance human and environmental health. She co-authored and led the development of GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals, the leading method for comparative chemical hazard assessment currently used by a growing number of NGOs, governments and manufacturers of products ranging from chemicals to electronics, apparel and footwear. For the OECD, she drafted Policy Principles for Sustainable Materials Management.
Lauren is currently serving on the Apple Green Chemistry Advisory Board, which is tasked with advancing Apple’s efforts to minimize or eliminate toxins from its products and supply chain. Lauren served on the California Green Ribbon Science Panel and worked closely with the USEPA Design for the Environment Program (DfE) and stakeholders to develop the DfE Criteria for the Safer Choice Program and Criteria for Alternatives Assessment. She served as technical advisor for the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse Alternatives Assessment Guide and co-chaired the buyers tool development subcommittee for Wal-Mart’s Chemical Intensive Products Network. From 2003-2007, Lauren created and led the development of CleanGredients™, a web-based information platform for identifying greener cleaning chemicals in partnership with DfE. Lauren co-founded the Zero Waste Alliance in Portland, OR. Prior to that, Lauren was a Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science in the Green Chemistry Program at the US EPA and taught Organic Chemistry labs at Bowdoin College. Lauren publishes and speaks frequently on green chemistry metrics, alternatives assessment and science-based multi-stakeholder processes. As an author for the university textbook, Introduction to Environmental Engineering 3rd ed., she integrated sustainability and green design concepts into the Environmental Engineering curriculum. Lauren earned her doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University.