Though there are many thousands of chemicals in use, there are just six families or “classes” of chemicals which contain many of the harmful substances found in everyday products. Green Science Policy Institute recently hosted an eight-week educational webinar series to inform manufacturers, retailers and consumers about where these chemicals can be found, how they can be avoided, and what alternatives might be available. Visit sixclasses.org to learn more.
Six Classes Webinar Series
Dr. Arlene Blum introduces the Six Classes webinar series
Session 1: Fluorinated Chemicals (stain and water repellants)
Jennifer Field, Ph.D.
Oregon State University
October 22, 2013
Session 2: Antimicrobials (triclosan and triclocarban)
Gary Ginsberg, Ph.D.
Toxicologist, Connecticut Dept. of Public Health,
Yale University, University of Connecticut
October 29, 2013
Session 3: Flame Retardants (brominated, chlorinated, phosphate)
Arlene Blum, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Green Science Policy Institute
Visiting Scholar in Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
November 5, 2013
Session 4: Endocrine Disrupting Plasticizers (BPA, phthalates, etc.)
Carol Kwiatkowski, Ph.D.
The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, Inc.
November 12, 2013
Session 5: Solvents (benzene, methylene chloride, xylene, etc.)
Deputy Director, Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute
November 19, 2013
Session 6: Heavy Metals (lead, mercury, chromium, cadmium, arsenic etc.)
Graham Peaslee, Ph.D.
Hartgerink Professor of Chemistry, Hope College
November 26, 2013
Session 7: Do We Need It?
Director, California Department of Toxic Substances Control
December 3, 2013
Session 8: Green Chemistry
Bob Peoples, Ph.D.
Former Director, ACS Green Chemistry Institute
December 10, 2013