Mark Dorfman, Green Chemistry
Naturalist, received his Master's degree in environmental chemistry from the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Public Health. His
case-study research of waste reduction practices at chemical manufacturing
facilities helped INFORM, Inc. spur the creation and passage of the Federal
Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 as well as similar laws in key industrial
states. He's had the great privilege of providing technical assistance to
disadvantaged communities located along the so-called "chemical
corridor" between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in their efforts
to promote industrial pollution prevention locally.
On the international front, Mark has
worked with chemical industry trade organizations to promote green chemistry in
Mexico, India, Russia, and Nepal. In recent years, he’s created educational
materials that link green chemistry with biomimicry including a section in John
Wiley and Son’s Transforming a Sustainability Strategy
a fellowship with the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and leading workshops for
scientists and college students in Kathmandu, Nepal, through a grant from the
American Chemical Society's Green Chemistry Institute.
In 2007, he joined the Biomimicry Guild
to focus full time as liaison between the Guild and the world's leading green
chemists to develop the biomimetic component of green chemistry strategies.
He's charged with the exciting and rewarding task of helping Guild clients find
sustainable solutions through inspiration from nature's warehouse of
sophisticated, elegant, and life-friendly chemical transformations. Mark is an
avid cyclist, swimmer, hiker, and aquarist, maintaining no less than three
distinct aquatic environments in his New York City studio apartment.
A Promising Path to Sustainable Green Chemistry: Nature as model, measure, and mentor, December 16, 2010