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Welcome to PSR's Environmental Health Policy Institute, where we ask questions -- then we ask the experts to answer them. Join us as physicians, health professionals, and environmental health experts share their ideas, inspiration, and analysis about toxic chemicals and environmental health policy.


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Mark Dorfman

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 into Action, 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