Six Classes Toxics Reduction Retreat 2016


This annual, by-invitation retreat brought together decision-makers from business, academia, government, and nonprofits to develop and implement creative solutions to reduce the use of harmful chemicals. At the 2016 retreat, we developed strategies to help major retailers, manufacturers and large purchasers reduce or stop the use of entire classes of harmful chemicals. Our Six Classes Challenge is to reduce the use of some of the most harmful chemicals in consumer products by 50% within five years.

Date: Sunday, May 1 – Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Location: Sequoia Retreat Center, Ben Lomond, California, USA

Some talks from the retreat included:

01David Gee
Visiting Fellow, Institute of Environment, Health and Societies, Brunel University
“Late lessons from early warnings 1896-2013“: some implications for the Six Classes approach

02Arlene Blum
Executive Director, Green Science Policy Institute
The Chemical Class Approach towards Healthier Products and Materials

03Avery Lindeman
Deputy Director, Green Science Policy Institute
Classes 4 – 6: Overview & Updates

04Jennifer ManDaniel
Project Principal, Kaiser Permanente
Greening the Supply Chain: The journey toward safer alternatives

05Jen Jackson
Toxics Reduction & Healthy Ecosystems Programs Manager, San Francisco Department of the Environment
Reducing Toxics at the Local Level

06Meredith Williams
Deputy Director, Safer Products and Workplaces, California Department of Toxic Substances Control
California’s Safer Consumer Products Regulations

07Bjorn Hansen
Head of Chemicals Unit, Environment Directorate-General of the European Commission
What Can Government Achieve Using the Class Concept: The EU Case

08Terry Collins
Teresa Heinz Professor of Green Chemistry, Institute for Green Science, Carnegie Mellon University
Six Classes: Problems and Possibilities

09Gina Ciganik
Senior Advisor of Housing Innovation, Healthy Building Network
Healthy Building Network – HomeFree