Department of Toxic Substances Control
Archive Green Ribbon Science Panel Members
Dr. Jeff Wong, DTSC’s Chief Scientist, Ms. Kathy Barwick of the Office of Pollution Prevention and Green Technology, and Ms. Radhika Majhail of the Public Participation Program manage the Green Ribbon Science Panel. Meetings are subject to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act. The Panel meets at least twice a year; additional meetings are scheduled as needed.
Ann Blake, Ph.D. Environmental & Public Health Consulting
Ann Blake is an independent consultant who has worked for sixteen years in the area of environmental and public health regulation and chemicals policy reform at the local, regional, national and international levels.
Dr. Blake's experience spans regulatory enforcement, pollution prevention, alternatives analysis and standards-setting as well as legislative policy. Prior to consulting, Dr. Blake worked for the California Environmental Protection Agency's Department of Toxic Substances Control as a hazardous waste inspector and Northern California Pollution Prevention Coordinator. Dr. Blake holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and neural development from the University of Oregon. Dr. Blake's interest in green chemistry lies with the opportunity to create pragmatic solutions with a broad range of stakeholders to move us collectively towards a more sustainable economy that provides jobs and growth while protecting the health of individuals, communities and our environment.
William F. Carroll, Ph.D. Occidental Chemical Corporation (co-chairs)
Dr. William F. Carroll, Jr. holds a B.A. in Chemistry and Physics from DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, an M.S. from Tulane University in New Orleans, and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. He is currently Vice President, Chlorovinyl Issues for Occidental Chemical Corporation in Dallas, TX, and also Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Bill is a Past President (2005) of the American Chemical Society and a current member of its Board of Directors. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and chair or member of a number of committees for the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a member of advisory boards for the sciences at DePauw, Tulane and the Colorado School of Mines, and is 2009 chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents. He has chaired numerous committees for a variety of chemistry, plastics, fire protection and recycling organizations. He has served on expert groups commissioned by the United Nations Environmental Program, the US Environmental Protection Agency and three states. He holds two patents, and has over fifty publications.
Jae Choi, Ph.D. Avaya Corporation
Jae Choi started his career at Bell Laboratories (AT&T and Lucent Technologies) and has more than 40 years experience in industry. Jae performed research and implemented manufacturing processes for laser marking, polymer fabrication, and product quality and reliability.
Jae developed the bromine-free flame retardant additives from all AT&T products in 1990s. He championed the lead-free solder used in product at Lucent Technologies and Avaya. He developed heavy metal-free heat stabilizer used in cords. He has been recognized as "Green" materials and chemistry Subject matter expert at Avaya. He holds twenty six U.S. patents and had five other U.S. patents pending. Several technical papers and a book authored by Jae have been published in technical journals and publications. Jae has conducted technical seminars for design, development, and manufacturing associates within companies. Jae has also taught courses at Universities. Jae earned his Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Akron, OH.
Bruce R. Cords, Ph.D. Ecolab Inc.
Dr. Bruce Cords is Vice President, Environment, Food Safety & Public Health for Ecolab Inc., the world's leading provider of cleaning, food safety and infection prevention products and services.
As Vice President of Environment, Food Safety & Public Health, Dr. Cords is also responsible for managing Ecolab's Sustainability activities including raw material profiling, selection, and deselection. Dr. Cords has held a variety of positions within Ecolab's Research, Development and Engineering group during his tenure with the company. From 1985 - 2000, Dr. Cords was responsible for global product development and technical service in Ecolab's Food and Beverage division.
Dr. Cords is a member of the American Society for Microbiology, the Institute of Food Technologists, the International Association of Food Protection and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the University of Georgia's Center for Food Safety, and is a member of the Food Science and Nutrition Advisory Council at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Cords also currently serves on the Institute of Food Technologists Threat Assessment Group, McDonald's Food Safety Advisory Council, Senior Advisory Council of Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI), and the Strategic Advisory Committee of the Soap and Detergent Association. In 2007, Dr. Cords was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists. In 2008, he was appointed to the Minnesota Governors Food Safety and Security Task Force. In addition, he is a member of the Nature Conservancy, serves on the Board of Trustees of the Deep Portage Environmental Learning Center, and is a member of the Minnesota Zoo Foundation.
Dr. Cords received his Ph.D. in Food Science from the University of Minnesota. He is the author of over fifty papers, patents and lectures, including many dealing specifically topics of cleaning, disinfection, food safety, and sustainability. Dr. Cords is a nationally recognized authority on foodborne disease and an industry expert on foodborne viruses.
George P. Daston, Ph.D. The Procter & Gamble Company
George Daston has published over 100 articles and book chapters in toxicology and risk assessment. His current research efforts are in the areas of toxicogenomics and mechanistic toxicology, particularly in addressing how findings in these fields can improve risk assessment for chemicals.
Dr. Daston has served as President of the Teratology Society, Councilor of the Society of Toxicology, on the EPA Board of Scientific Counselors, National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors, National Research Council's Board of Environmental Studies and Toxicology, and National Children's Study Advisory Committee. He is Editor of Birth Defects Research: Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology.
Dr. Daston has been awarded the Josef Warkany Lectureship by the Teratology Society, the George H. Scott Award by the Toxicology Forum, and was elected a Fellow of AAAS. Dr. Daston is an adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at University of Cincinnati.
B. Tod Delaney, Ph.D. First Environment, Inc.
Dr. B. Tod Delaney provides strategic direction and management oversight at First Environment, an environmental engineering and consulting firm. Dr. Delaney is also a chemical and environmental health engineer with over 30 years of industry experience. He has provided project management and technical oversight on the firm's LCA projects for clients such as Georgia Pacific, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Mannington Mills, and Hewlett Packard.
Dr. Delaney also participates in the development of the ISO 14000 Series of Standards, including standards for LCA and greenhouse gas management. He currently serves as the International Convener for the new ISO 14066 standard involving competency requirements for validators and verifiers for the National Greenhouse & Energy Reporting System.
Currently, Dr. Delaney serves as chairman of the board for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, a trade group organization created by senior executives in the energy efficiency, electric utility, renewable energy, independent power and natural gas industries in the United States. Fellow of AAAS. Dr. Daston is an adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at University of Cincinnati.
Richard Denison, Ph.D. Senior Scientist Environmental Defense Fund
Richard Denison is a senior scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund. Dr. Denison has 27 years of experience in the environmental arena, specializing in chemicals policy and hazard, exposure, risk assessment and management for industrial chemicals and nanomaterials. He has published extensively and has testified before Congress many times regarding these issues. Dr. Denison currently serves on the National Research Council’s Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology. He is a member of the Green Ribbon Science Panel for California’s Green Chemistry Initiative, and previously served on its Science Advisory Panel. Dr. Denison currently serves on the NRC’s Committee to Develop a Research Strategy for Environmental, Health and Safety Aspects of Engineered Nanomaterials. He was a member of the National Pollution Prevention and Toxics Advisory Committee, which advised EPA’s toxics office. Previously, Dr. Denison was an analyst and assistant project director in the Oceans and Environment Program, Office of Technology Assessment, United States Congress. Dr. Denison received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University.
Arthur Fong, Ph.D. IBM Corporation
Arthur Fong is a senior toxicologist at IBM and the company’s corporate program manager for chemical management. As a member of the IBM Corporate Environmental Affairs team, his work focuses on sound chemical management, pollution prevention, nanotechnology EHS, and green chemistry and green electronics. He is currently involved in a number of projects that target reducing potential adverse health and environmental impacts of chemicals used in manufacturing processes and information technology products, e.g., he is a member of the Steering Committee and Technical Committee of the US EPA Flame Retardants in Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) Partnership, a project to advance understanding of human health and environmental impacts of conventional and alternative flame retardants in PCBs, and he is co-lead of the Semiconductor Industry Association nanotechnology environmental health & safety working group, which encourages responsible and sustainable development of nanotechnology and proactive safe nanotechnology worker protection practices.
Dr. Fong is a product of the University of California educational system, receiving his undergraduate degree in genetics from UC Davis, and his Ph.D. in toxicology from UC Irvine.
Kenneth Geiser, Ph.D. University Massachusetts-Lowell (co-chairs)
Kenneth Geiser serves as Professor of Work Environment and as the Director of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He co-authored the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act and served as Director of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute from 1990 to 2003. Geiser’s research and publications focus on pollution prevention and cleaner production, toxic chemicals management, chemicals policy, safer technologies, and green chemistry. In 2001, Geyser authored "Materials Matter: Towards a Sustainable Materials Policy".
Lauren Heine, Ph.D. Lauren Heine Group, LLC
Lauren Heine Dr. Lauren Heine applies green chemistry, green engineering and design for the environment for sustainable business practices and publishes on green chemistry metrics, alternatives assessment and multi-stakeholder processes. She co-authored the Green Screen for Safer Chemicals and served on the California Green Chemistry Initiative Science Advisory Panel. Currently, she is co-chairing the tool development subcommittee for Wal-Mart's Sustainable Value Network for Chemical Intensive Products. She co-founded the Oregon-based, Zero Waste Alliance and was a Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science in the Green Chemistry Program. From 2003-2007, Lauren served as Director of Applied Science at Green Blue Institute where she directed the development of CleanGredients™, a web-based information platform, developed in partnership with the US EPA's Design for the Environment Program. She earned her doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University.
Dale Johnson, Ph.D. UC Berkeley
Dale Johnson has extensive experience in the healthcare industry working in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies on drug discovery and development and risk/benefit assessments related to human health. He received B.S., Pharm.D, and Ph.D. (Toxicology) degrees from the University of Michigan where he was an AFPE Fellow. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology and co-editor of the journal The Chemistry of Metabolic and Toxicological Processes, Current Opinion in Drug Discovery & Development.
Dr. Johnson is an Adjunct Professor in Molecular Toxicology at UC Berkeley and President & CEO of Emiliem, Inc. a privately held biopharmaceutical company developing molecular targeted therapies and molecular diagnostics. Johnson is noted for his work in predictive toxicology using various innovative technologies and computational methodology. He is applying this expertise in academics as well as on environmental issues through UC Berkeley and the State of California Green Chemistry Initiatives.
Michael Kirschner Design Chain Associates, LLC
Michael Kirschner - Design Chain Associates helps manufacturers understand, and develop proactive strategies and tactics to comply with, international environmental regulations as well as customer and NGO influences and requirements that impact their products. Michael focuses on working within companies to help all internal stakeholders - management, engineering, manufacturing, and so on - see the longer-term trajectories of environmental regulation and develop the best strategies and business processes to ensure a smooth path to compliance and, if desired, market leadership. He also works with multiple stakeholders in governments, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), academia, the supply chain, and standards bodies to ensure a holistic perspective and that all sides consider the concerns, limitations, and opportunities the others face.
Before founding Design Chain Associates in 2001, Mike worked in engineering and engineering management for such electronics companies as Compaq, Tandem Computers, Intergraph, and Intel.
Richard Liroff, Ph.D. Investor Environmental Health Network
Dr. Richard Liroff founded and serves as Executive Director of the Investor Environmental Health Network, a group of investment management organizations advised by environmental health advocates, working to reduce production and use of toxic chemicals by business. Investors have engaged companies via letters, meetings, and shareholder resolutions. (See www.iehn.org for resolutions introduced and results.) Dr. Liroff developed IEHN after more than two decades' work at World Wildlife Fund, where as a Senior Program Officer he directed projects on toxic chemicals and other subjects. Prior to his work at WWF, Dr. Liroff was affiliated with The Environmental Law Institute and was a guest scholar and research fellow at The Brookings Institution. Dr. Liroff is author/editor of a half dozen books and more than 50 articles and reports on environmental policy. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University and a B.A. in Politics from Brandeis University.
Timothy F. Malloy, J.D. UCLA School of Law
Timothy Malloy is a Professor of Law and a Faculty Director of the UCLA Law and Environmental Health Sustainable Technology Policy Program. He is also a Co-Director of the School of Law's Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic. He is a member of the UC Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology and served on the California Chemicals Policy Advisory Committee for the California Policy Research Center. He joined UCLA in 1998, following 12 years in practice at private law firms and at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region III.
Professor Malloy's research interests focus on environmental, chemical and nanotechnology policy, regulatory policy, and organizational theory, with particular emphasis on the relationship between regulatory design and implementation and the structure of business organizations. In addition, he has worked and written extensively in the area of pollution prevention, melding together his academic interests with his work in the Environmental Law Clinic.
Roger McFadden Staples, Inc.
Roger McFadden - Before joining Staples, Inc., Roger was Vice President of Product R&D for Coastwide Laboratories, a position he held from1988 until 2006 when Staples, Inc. acquired Coastwide Laboratories. Before joining Coastwide, Roger worked as a formulating and consulting chemist and product design engineer for several product manufacturing companies in the U.S. and Canada.
Roger is a charter member of the Green Chemistry Commerce Council (GC3) and currently co-chairs a committee to advance Green Chemistry. Roger was the chairman of Former Oregon Governor Kitzhaber's Community Sustainability Council Workgroup for Cleaning and Coatings. Roger is a charter member of the Green Chemistry Commerce Council (GC3) and currently co-chairs a committee to advance Green Chemistry and the EPA Design for the Environment (DfE) Formulator Initiatives.
Roger believes that we need a revolution in product design with an environmental conscience and commitment to green chemistry; the future belongs to companies that integrate green chemistry principles to eliminate hazard and waste at all stages of product life cycle; and that educational institutions can advance the benefits of green chemistry by incorporating it in textbooks, curriculum and across multidisciplinary fields including fundamental sciences, business, law and engineering.
Kelly D. Moran, Ph.D. TDC Environmental, LLC TDC Environmental, LLC
Dr. Kelly D. Moran is President of TDC Environmental, LLC, an environmental consulting firm specializing in water quality and pollution prevention. A chemist by training, for the last 20 years she has worked at the interface of science and public policy, assisting municipalities and state agencies with managing environmental pollution from consumer products. Dr. Moran has focused on identifying the true sources of pollutants and developing strategies to reduce or eliminate pollutant releases at their sources. Her work spans a range of pollutants and products types-for example, she co-founded the Brake Pad Partnership and the Urban Pesticides Pollution Prevention Project. Dr. Moran also sits on the California Source Reduction Advisory Committee and the City of San Mateo Planning Commission.
Professor Oladele A. Ogunseitan, Ph.D., M.P.H. University of California, Irvine
Oladele "Dell" Ogunseitan is Professor and Chair in the Program in Public Health, College of Health Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, where he is also a Professor of Social Ecology. He directs the Research and Education in Green Materials lead campus component of the University of California Systemwide Toxic Substances Research & Teaching Program. He is Principal Investigator of a National Science Foundation funded project on Biocomplexity in the Environment: Materials Use, Science, Engineering and Society (MUSES). His research interests include microbial ecotoxicology and health and industrial ecology.
Dell earned his doctorate in microbiology from the Center for Environmental Biotechnology at the University of Tennessee, and his Master of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also earned a Certificate in International Health. He is alumnus faculty fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Robert Peoples, Ph.D. ACS Green Chemistry Institute
Robert Peoples is Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®. In this capacity, he drives the implementation of the principles of green chemistry across the global chemical enterprise. Dr. Peoples has been a member of American Chemical Society (ACS) for 35 years, giving him valuable experience and insight into the chemical industry. Immediately prior to becoming Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®, he served as Sustainability Director for the Carpet & Rug Institute, Executive Director of The Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), and President of the Environmental Impact Group.
Preceding this position, Bob was Director of Carpet Sustainability and Market Development at Solutia, Inc., where he was actively involved in carpet recycling and negotiations that led to the formation of CARE and carpet-related health and indoor air quality issues. While there, he helped found the Board of Directors of CARE.
Bob was a member of the team that developed Monsanto's patented, revolutionary stain blocker and fluorochemistry for the carpet industry. Following this development, he led the technical team for the commercialization of Flectron®, a new business for Monsanto in St. Louis where he spent three years in Advanced Performance Materials. In 1992, he was appointed head of Carpet New Products in Pensacola, FL, and held several positions of increasing responsibility including Director of Nylon Technology.
In these various roles, Bob served to integrate a wide variety of initiatives that deal with sustainability on a national level. His efforts spanned new business development, new product and technology development, technology licensing, and the creation and implementation of a unified national sustainable carpet standard. In 2003, Bob was the first recipient of the Carpet America Recovery Effort "Person of the Year" award.
Bob is a member of California's prestigious Green Ribbon Science Panel, which is comprised of experts who provide advice on scientific matters, chemical policy recommendations, and implementation strategies. The panel is part of the state's Green Chemistry Initiative being implemented by the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). An internationally recognized speaker in the areas of sustainability, standards, innovation, and carpet reclamation, Dr. Peoples holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and chemistry from Montclair State University in New Jersey and a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from Purdue University. He serves on several local and national boards including the Carpet America Recovery Effort, Georgia Pollution Prevention Advisory Board, and Green Standard.org. He is a member of several organizations including the National Recycling Coalition, Society of Plastics Engineers, and the American Chemical Society.
Julia Quint, Ph.D. California Department of Public Health
Julia Quint is a public health scientist and retired Chief of the Hazard Evaluation System & Information Service (HESIS), an occupational health program in the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Julia has a doctorate in Biochemistry and was a staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory before joining CDPH in 1981. Julia received a lifetime achievement award from the Western Regional Pollution Prevention Network in 2006, and the Helen Rodriguez Trias "Lighting the Way" award from the California Public Health Association and the Health and Safety Activist award from the American Public Health Association in 2008. Julia currently serves on the Scientific Guidance Panel of the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program, the Tracking Implementation Advisory Group of the California Environmental Health Tracking Program, the Cal/OSHA Health Experts Advisory Committee, and the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Tetrachloroethylene. She has authored numerous public health reports and scientific articles.
Julie M. Schoenung, Ph.D. University of California, Davis
Julie M. Schoenung is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of California, Davis. She is also a Co-Director for the University of California Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program Lead Campus in Green Materials. Professor Schoenung received her masters and doctorate degrees in Materials Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her bachelors degree in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
Professor Schoenung has many years of experience in studying the materials selection process for all types of materials in a variety of applications. Her research focuses on the analysis of factors that guide the materials selection decision-making process, such as economics, environmental impact and toxicity, cost-performance trade-offs, and market potential. Professor Schoenung uses tools and datasets from several disciplines including management theory, health risk assessment, life cycle assessment and environmental economics in her research approach.
Megan R. Schwarzman, MD, MPH University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Megan R. Schwarzman is a research scientist with the Program in Green Chemistry and Chemicals Policy at the University of California, Berkeley Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH), School of Public Health. Her work focuses on endocrine disrupting substances, reproductive environmental health, U.S. and European chemicals policy, and the implications for human health and the environment of the production, use and disposal of chemicals and products. She earned her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts, completed her specialty training in Family Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and earned a master's of public health in environmental health at the University of California, Berkeley. She was a co-author of the 2008 report to Cal/EPA, Green Chemistry: Cornerstone to a Sustainable California. In addition to environmental health research, Dr. Schwarzman is a clinical instructor at University of California, San Francisco and practices medicine part time at San Francisco General Hospital.
Anne Wallin, Ph.D. The Dow Chemical Company
Anne Wallin, Ph.D. is the Director of Sustainable Chemistry for Dow. In his critical role, Anne leads the 2015 Sustainable Chemistry Goal project team which is integrating Sustainable Chemistry across all disciplines, functions, and businesses in Dow. She also leads the company's Life Cycle Assessment Expert Group.
Anne began her career at Dow in Research and Development as a process chemist in the Agricultural Chemicals department implementing green chemistry and engineering practices. After several years, she moved to Environment, Health and Safety where she held a variety of roles in both research and development and manufacturing. Anne joined Dow Public Affairs in 1999, becoming the issue leader for Dow's chlor-vinyl businesses and leading a leveraged global network and representing Dow in several major trade associations.
Anne is a native of Wyoming and holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Carleton College and a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was a post-doctoral fellow at G.D. Searle. She is a member of the External Advisory Board for the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan. She is a co-author of several publications and patents and the recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from Carleton College.
Joseph H. Guth, J.D., Ph.D. Science & Environmental Health Network
Joseph H. Guth, J.D., Ph.D. has recently joined U.C. Berkeley's Center for Green Chemistry and is also the Legal Director of the Science and Environmental Health Network, where he has been since 2006. Joe joined the Science & Environmental Health Network as Legal Director in March, 2006. He is a member of the New York State Bar, has a law degree from New York University, a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Madison, Wisconsin, and an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. Joe's principal legal work at SEHN is to advocate for the transformation of the law so that it will promote preservation of the earth rather than accept environmental destruction as a byproduct of economic growth. Key areas that Joe's work draws from include precautionary principle theory, the public trust doctrine, law of the commons, ecological economics, environmental justice and the fundamental structure of cost-benefit analysis. As one particular field for this work, Joe works to achieve comprehensive reform of chemicals policy in California and in the United States.
Michael P. Wilson, Ph.D., M.P.H. University of California, Berkeley
Michael P. Wilson, Ph.D., M.P.H. is a research scientist at the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH), School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, where he conducts research and practice in environmental health sciences and science policy. He conducted his doctoral and masters research in environmental health sciences under Professor S. Katharine Hammond at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1996 to 2003, focusing on quantitative exposure assessment, risk assessment, and environmental health policy. He earned a bachelors degree with Thesis Honors in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1984.
Dr. Wilson is the chief author of a 2006 UC report, commissioned by the California Legislature, Green Chemistry in California: A Framework for Leadership in Chemicals Policy and Innovation and a lead author with Berkeley and UCLA colleagues of a January 2008 UC report, commissioned by California EPA, Green Chemistry: Cornerstone to a Sustainable California. Dr. Wilson served on the state's Green Chemistry Science Advisory Panel and currently serves on the Biomonitoring Program Scientific Guidance Panel.
Julie B. Zimmerman, Ph.D. Yale University
Dr. Julie Beth Zimmerman is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed in the School of Engineering and Applied Science (Environmental Engineering Program) and the School of Forestry and Environment at Yale University. Dr. Zimmerman also serves as the Associate Director for Research for the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale. Her research interests include green chemistry and engineering, systems dynamics modeling of natural and engineered water systems, environmentally benign design and manufacturing, the fate and impacts of anthropogenic compounds in the environment as well as appropriate water treatment technologies for the developing world. She also conducts research on corporate environmental behavior and governance interventions to enhance the integration of sustainability in industry and academia.