This is the question addressed by Professor Anastas in the Morris Katz Memorial Lecture titled Sustainability through Chemistry: The Path Forward, Oct. 18th at York University.
Paul T. Anastas
Professor Paul T. Anastas, from the Department of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Engineering, at Yale University starts from the position that society is on an unsustainable path and that change is needed and is urgent. The abstract of his lecture declares that innovation is one of the few human forces that is capable of bringing about the needed change in the timeframe required. He will speak about Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, fields that use the spirit and tools of innovation to design in a more sustainable way the products, processes and systems that are the basis of our society and our economy. The talk will focus on the scientific achievements that have resulted in positive impact thus far, and the steps that are being taken to ensure that the innovations resulting from these field are not just incremental but rather, transformative.
Paul T. Anastas is the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment. He has appointments in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Department of Chemistry, and Department of
Chemical Engineering. In addition, Prof. Anastas serves as the Director of the
Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale. Anastas took public service leave from Yale to serve as the Assistant Administrator for the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Agency Science Advisor from 2009-2012. From 2004 -2006, Paul Anastas served as Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute in Washington, D.C. He was previously the Assistant Director for the Environment in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he worked from 1999-2004. Trained as a synthetic organic chemist, Dr. Anastas received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University and worked as an industrial consultant. He is credited with establishing the field of green chemistry during his time working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the Chief of the Industrial Chemistry Branch and as the Director of the U.S. Green Chemistry Program. Dr. Anastas has published widely on topics of science through sustainability including eleven books, such as Benign by Design, Designing Safer Polymers, Green Engineering, and his seminal work with co-author John Warner, Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice