Sustainable Design, Innovation, and Designing Tomorrow

Sustainable Design, Innovation, and Designing Tomorrow

Volume 40 number 5 641st MeetingThursdayNovember 30, 2017

“Sustainable Design, Innovation, and Designing Tomorrow”

Paul T. Anastas

Director, Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering,

Yale University

(Joint meeting with Fairfield University Sigma Xi)

DATE:Thursday November 30, 2017

PLACE:Fairfield University Library Multi-Media room

DIRECTIONS:I-95 South bound take exit 22, turn right at the bottom of the ramp, go ½ mile north on North Benson Road and left at the light. Take a right onto campus at the stone gate. I-95 North bound take exit 22 stay to right around rest stop. Take first left at stop sign. Go through two stop signs and turn right onto Barlow Rd. Turn left onto campus at the stone gate. From the stone gate veer left at the pond and turn into first parking lot on the right. This lot is on the West side of the Quick Center. Take the path to the library from opposite corner of the parking lot. GPS address: 200 Barlow Road Fairfield CT.

TIME:5:00 pmLecture, Light snacks and coffee will be available.

PRICE:No formal dinner with this special joint meeting with the Fairfield University community. Informally, members are invited to gather at Joe’s American Bar and Grill after the talk for dinner.

TO RESERVE:Please let Kraig () or Linda Farber know if you plan to come byTuesday Nov. 28.

Abstract for talk

For more than 200 years of the Industrial Revolution, society has been creating new innovations that have improved quality of life in so many ways; including the way we travel, communicate, practice medicine, and feed a hungry population. However, with all of the benefits of these advances have come unintended consequences of toxic chemicals, depletion of finite natural resources, and the degradation of the planet and the ecosystems it supports. Sustainable design is an approach that give us ways of making higher performing products processes and systems that are healthful, renewable, and restorative. Transformative innovation not only allows us to do fewer things wrong, but actually to design exciting new inventions.

Paul’s Background

Paul T. Anastas is the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment. He has appointments in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Department of Chemistry, and Department of Chemical Engineering. In addition, Prof. Anastas serves as the Director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale. Anastas took public service leave from Yale to serve as the Assistant Administrator for the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Agency Science Advisor from 2009-2012. From 2004 -2006, Paul Anastas served as Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute in Washington, D.C. He was previously the Assistant Director for the Environment in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he worked from 1999-2004. Trained as a synthetic organic chemist, Dr. Anastas received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University and worked as an industrial consultant. He is credited with establishing the field of green chemistry during his time working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the Chief of the Industrial Chemistry Branch and as the Director of the U.S. Green Chemistry Program. Dr. Anastas has published widely on topics of science through sustainability including eleven books, such as Benign by Design, Designing Safer Polymers, Green Engineering, and his seminal work with co-author John Warner, Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice.