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Environmental Law and Policy
Environmentally Appropriate Materialscy
Environmental Health and Workplace
Sustainable Production and Industrial Development. Safety.
Environmental Law and Policy. Research on policy development for hazardous waste minimization, pollution
prevention, toxics use reduction and facility level risk reduction planning. Helped to establish and assist the
development of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable. Developed and provided administrative supervision
of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Program. Established and, for thirteen years, directed the Massachusetts
Toxics Use Reduction Institute offering technology research, professional training, and technical support to over 500
Massachusetts industrial facilities. Served on the federal Environmental Protection Agency's Common Sense
Initiative, Sub-committee on Computers and Electronics, Forum on State and Tribal Action, Chemical Information
Management Subcommittee, and various National Advisory Committee on Environment and Technology
Environmentally Appropriate Materials. Policy writing on national chemicals policies, new materials
development, materials substitution, and green chemistries. Established and served as director for the University of
Massachusetts, Center for Environmentally Appropriate Materials implementing the Massachusetts Strategic
Enviro-technology Partnership, a joint partnership between the University of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts
Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. Established the Chelsea Center for Recycling and Economic
Development. Completed book (Materials Matter: Towards a Sustainable Materials Policy, MIT Press, 2001) on
policy directions for the development and use of more sustainable materials. Engaged in cross-national research on
government policies for minimizing hazardous wastes and managing toxic and hazardous materials.
Environmental Health and Workplace Safety. Technical assistance, legislation drafting and policy development
on right-to-know, occupational health and safety, and community health monitoring. Drafted and assisted in the
enactment of right-to-know and toxics use reduction legislation in Massachusetts. Served on working groups for the
federal Environmental Protection Agency's National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. Served as advisor,
board member, and trainer for national environmental advocacy organizations such as the National Toxics
Campaign, Massachusetts PIRG, the Healthy Building Network, Environmental Health Fund, Clean Water Action,
Maine Environmental Health Strategy Center, Health Care without Harm, Greenpeace, the Global Alliance for
Alternatives to Incineration, the International POPs Elimination Network, and Clean Production Action.
Sustainable Production and Industrial Development. Research and policy analysis on technology innovation and
clean enterprise development. Established and co-direct the University of Massachusetts, Lowell Center for
Sustainable Production with projects ranging from the precautionary principle to sustainable hospitals, indicators of
sustainable production, clean production training and international dialogues on sustainable consumption. Helped to
establish, and oversaw development of the national Product Stewardship Institute. Served as a member, Core
Advisory Group, United Nations Environment Program, Cleaner Production Program, Paris, France and the Global
Chemicals Outlook, United Nations Environment Program, Geneva, Switzerland. Founder of Clean Production
Action, a policy research group providing services to U.S-based public interest organizations, and the Global
Chemicals Resource Team, a non-profit technical assistance unit for chemicals policy in developing countries.
Dr. Kenneth Geiser is Professor of Work Environment and Director of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Dr. Geiser is one of the authors of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act and served as Director of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute from its founding in 1990 to 2003. His research and writing focus on pollution prevention and cleaner production, toxic chemicals management, international chemicals policy, safer technologies, and green chemistry and, in 2001, he completed a book, Materials Matter: Towards a Sustainable Materials Policy published by MIT Press. As a recognized expert on environmental and occupational health policy, he has served on various advisory committees for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the United Nations Environment Program.