Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 11:45am to Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 4:00pm

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Safe Products, Made Safely: Green Chemistry Tools for Business

November 13th 2013, 11:45am – 6:00pm
November 14th 2013, 8:30am – 4:00pm

This one and a half day workshop provides a framework for evaluating the best approaches and tools for your business in meeting goals to eliminate or reduce the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products and processes throughout the supply chain.  Day 1 of the workshop will provide background on the regulatory landscape, including REACH and U.S. state and federal regulations. It will also cover other drivers for safer chemistry, including the value and cost savings from reducing toxic inputs, reduced liability, and meeting consumer demand for safer products. Day 2 will focus on the process and criteria for selecting tools to evaluate chemical hazards, as well as specific tools designed to meet business needs for hazard assessment, life cycle assessment and alternatives assessment. 

Unable to attend the workshop? Through November 14, we are offering the option of receiving the conference materials, including "Safe Products, Made Safely: Green Chemistry Tools for Business Resources Guide" and a free registration for a three-part webinar series on the same topic to be scheduled for the second half of January.  Register here under "Materials Only".


Draft Agenda 



Workshop Presenters:

  • Keynote: Roger McFadden (Staples)

Roger McFadden is Vice President and Senior Scientist at Staples, Inc., a position he has held since July 2009 when Corporate Express was acquired by Staples. Before joining Staples, Roger was Vice President and Chief Science Officer for Corporate Express a position he held from May 2006 until 2009, before joining Corporate Express Roger was Vice President, Research and Product Development for Coastwide Laboratories, a position he held from1988 until 2006 when Corporate Express acquired Coastwide Laboratories.  Before joining Coastwide, Mr. McFadden worked as a consulting chemist and product engineer for several chemical manufacturing companies in both the U.S. and Canada.    Holding a Master’s of Science Degree in chemistry, Mr. McFadden is a frequent speaker for health care organizations, educational institutions, public agencies and private corporations. He speaks on a variety of environmental, safety and health topics including “Greening the Supply Chain to Meet Your Sustainability Objectives”, “Cleaning up the Toxic Supply Chain”, “Building a Supply Chain with an Environmental Conscience”, “Insuring a Future for our Grandkids”, “Supply Chain Management for the Future”, “Small Things Make a Giant Difference”, “Sustainable Cleaning and Improving Indoor Air Quality”, “The Business Case For Transitioning to Safer Chemicals” and many other related topics.



  •  Archie Beaton (Chlorine-free Products Association)

Archie Beaton is the Executive Director of the Chlorine Free Products Association (CFPA). The CFPA is an internationally recognized standards and accreditation association founded in 1994 as a not-for-profit in Algonquin, IL.  Mr. Beaton has over 25 years of pulp, paper, printing, and packaging experience receiving his industry training as Marketing and Product Development Manager. Has represents the positive aspects of sustainable manufacturing processes, discussing “Sustainability = Survival” issues on numerous industry panels and roundtable discussions worldwide. He holds a BS in Print Marketing from Western Michigan University.  Mr. Beaton has also consulted with the United Nations, US EPA, Federal Trade Representatives, the White House, Federal Trade Commission, Environment Canada, British Columbia Ministry of Environment, Government of Sweden, State EPA Departments in ME, VT, OR, WA, etc. to name a few.


  • Karyn Biasca (Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology)

Karyn Biasca is Chair of the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point Paper Science and Engineering Department, where she has taught since 1989. She received her B.S in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1981 and worked for Kimberly-Clark Corporation as a process engineer for three years. Finding the career paths available within the corporate environment unappealing, she returned to graduate school, earning her Ph.D. from the Institute of Paper Chemistry (Appleton, WI) in 1989. Her current research interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning, especially on the effectiveness of electronic portfolios for engineering education, and the application of life-cycle assessment in the pulp and paper industry.  Biasca is the ABET Liaison and Assessment Coordinator for the PSEN program. She received the 2004-05 Excellence in Teaching Award from UWSP, and represented UWSP as a Wisconsin Teaching Scholar during the 2007-08 academic year.


  • Diane Bunse (Herman Miller)

Diane Bunse is a Safety and Sustainability Specialist at Herman Miller, a company recognized worldwide for its legacy of environmental stewardship. Diane leads safety and sustainability communications directed at both internal and external customers.  She supports Herman Miller’s product certifications including Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Cradle to Cradle, BIFMA level and GREENGUARD®.  Diane earned a B.B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago and an M.B.A. at DePaul University.  She joined Herman Miller in 1987, shortly after her boss at Baxter announced he was resigning “to go to work for this wonderful company in West Michigan that cares a lot about people.” Diane grew increasingly interested after her former boss sent her a copy of Herman Miller’s Corporate Values statement. Needless to say, she’s learned a lot more about the company’s environmental values and processes since coming to Herman Miller 26 years ago, and now puts that knowledge to work every day. “I never imagined that I would eventually become part of Herman Miller’s Safety and Sustainability department,” she admits, “but I absolutely love contributing to the efforts that will turn us into a truly sustainable company.”  Diane and her husband Michael reside in Holland, Michigan.



  • Lin Kaatz Chary, PhD, MPH (Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network)

Lin Kaatz Chary, MPH, PhD - A resident of Northwest Indiana, Chary has over 25 years experience in environmental and occupational health issues, with a focus on human exposures to toxic chemicals. As a steelworker at U.S. Steel, Gary Works, and member of USWA Local 1014, she was active in health and safety issues in the mill. She was the first executive director of the Grand Cal Task Force, a multi-stakeholder grassroots environmental organization from 1986-1988. Since 1998, she has worked with a broad diversity of environmental organizations. In 1992, she received her Masters of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, and in 2001 she was awarded a Ph.D. in Public Health from UIC SPH, following her dissertation on congener specific PCB analysis in an occupational setting. Chary currently works with the Gary (IN) CARE Partnership as the project environmental health coordinator, and teaches on labor and environmental issues in the Labor Studies Division of Indiana University.


  • Pam Eliason (Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute)

Pam Eliason is the Senior Associate Director and Industry Research Program Manager at the Toxics Use Reduction Institute. Ms. Eliason was a lead researcher and author of the Institute’s Five Chemicals Alternatives Assessment Report, which was commissioned by the Massachusetts Legislature to evaluate the availability of technically and economically feasible safer alternatives to five specified chemicals. Pam focuses on assessing and promoting the adoption of safer alternatives to toxic chemicals used in Massachusetts and around the world, and disseminating information on examples of successful implementation of cleaner technologies in industry.


  • Paul Fowler (Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology)

Paul Fowler is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology. The institute was launched in September 2010 as a cross-campus initiative to work with its professors and staff to develop new, clean products and processes and bring them to market. Major programs of work revolve around the research and development of next generation biofuels and materials to assist the State economically. The institute works with a cross section of regional companies ranging from paper makers to food processors to plastics manufacturers to home and personal care businesses.   

Paul is from England and has fifteen years of experience in contract research and development of new products and opportunities from bio-based materials. He has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and extensive knowledge of bio-based, renewable materials and applications. During his career he has worked in Switzerland, New Zealand, Wales and now Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Paul is networking with public- and private-sector organizations and companies throughout the United States to develop new sustainable technologies with commercial applications to benefit the economy and the environment.


  • Karen Larson (Clarke)

In her role as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Karen provides regulatory support and stewardship for all of Clarke’s products at the State, Federal, and International levels.  She is integral to Clarke’s Product Development and Deployment teams, guiding novel chemistries through the development and registration processes to facilitate a smooth and successful introduction to the Vector Control Market.  Other principal responsibilities include the assurance of compliance with global regulations regarding product manufacture, distribution, and use; and the implementation of policies and training to all Clarke divisions to demonstrate a commitment to health, safety and the environment. Karen completed her Masters of Science in Biological Sciences degree at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois (1999). The primary focus of her study was the community dynamics of wetland populations, including aquatic invertebrates and emergent vegetation.  She received her B.S. in Environmental Sciences from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois (1992).  Karen has been with Clarke, in various roles, since 1992 and its lead Regulatory manager since 2002.


  • Nick Leifeld (Serigraph Inc.)

Nicholas C Leifeld is the Vice President of Corporate Compliance for Serigraph Inc. which is a high quality plastics decorating company that provides products to the automotive, computer, and telecommunications industries. Nick also serves as a Black Belt for continuous improvement.  Serigraph was the first Wisconsin company to be recognized at the Excellence Level for the Wisconsin Forward Award.  Serigraph is also TS 16949 and ISO 14001 certified, a Green Tier II participant, and part of the Green Masters Program



  • James Lochran (Simapro)

Jim is responsible for EarthShift sales and business development inclusive of developing new strategic partnerships and alliances. Before joining EarthShift, he spent 15 years in the software business with a variety of roles including sales, development, marketing and consulting.  In addition, to holding executive positions in large and small organization Jim also has a proven track record as an entrepreneur. These experiences provide Jim with a unique perspective that has proven invaluable in assisting EarthShift clients and partners.


  • Teresa McGrath (NSF International)

Before working for NSF, Teresa earned her Masters degree in Clean Chemical Technology at the University of York, England and a B.A. in Biology from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.  She spent two years at the EPA in the Design for the Environment (DfE) Branch of the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT). For the past six years she has been the Supervising Toxicologist for the Green Chemistry Programs at NSF which include: Chemical Product Formulation Reviews for the EPA’s Design for the Environment Safer Labeling Program, Ingredient Reviews for the CleanGredients™ Database, GreenScreen™ hazard assessments, Risk Assessments, Inventory Assessments, Sustainable Product Certifications and Eco-Efficiency Analysis.


  • Kathleen Schuler, MPH (Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy)

Kathleen Schuler, MPH is the co-founder and Co-Chair of the Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum, a collaboration among business, government, NGOs and academic leaders to advance green chemistry practice and policy in Minnesota and nationally. Kathleen is also a Senior Policy Analyst with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy where she advocates for policies that protect human health and the environment from toxic chemicals that contaminate our food system and our bodies.  She is Co-Director of Healthy Legacy, a Minnesota coalition and campaign to advance public policies and business practices that focus on safer products and safer production methods. Kathleen has a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota and is a former Bush Leadership Fellow in environmental health. 


  • Alex Stone (Washington Department of Ecology)

Alex Stone, Sc.D., is a senior chemist at the Washington State Department of Ecology.  Dr. Stone has worked as a chemist for the Washington State Department of Ecology for the past 20 years.  He currently functions as the Safer Chemical Alternative Chemist for the Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program.  He has been selected as the chair by members of an association of eight states working together on an alternative assessment guide document.  Alex works on a number of chemistry related projects including Washington’s Chemical Action Plans, safer chemical alternative assessments and Children’s Safe Product Act.  Alex also acts as an advisor to Ecology management on chemical policy and other chemistry-related issues.



Workshop Location:

Dreyfus University Center (DUC) Laird Center, Room 230A,

1015 Reserve St

Stevens Point, WI 54481

Cosponsored by:

  • Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
  • Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network
  • Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology
  • UW Extension- Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center
  • American Sustainable Business Council


Comfort Suites (ask for the WIST rate) 715-341-6000

Contact Information:
Zack Robbins: 612-870-3407
Kathleen Schuler: 612-382-5917


This workshop is supported by a 2012 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Grant by U.S.EPA.


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