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Paul Anastas: A Power Player in the Global Chemical Industry

Blog Post created by john simpson on Nov 4, 2010

Taken from Yale Scientific
"Paul Anastas: A Power Player in the Global Chemical  Industry"



In 2008, ICIS named Yale’s Professor Paul Anastas one of its  Top 40 Power Players in the Chemical Industry for his contributions to the field  of “green chemistry.” The ICIS title was not the last and hardly the first award  Anastas was honored with; today, his Yale Chemistry Department homepage lists a  staggering 16+ honors—and those have only updated until 2008. Perhaps the most  revealing name Anastas has, however, is an informal one coined by the scientific  community: “Father of Green Chemistry.” On May 28, 2009, President Obama  nominated Anastas to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s)  Office of Research and Development; in January 2010, the U.S. Senate confirmed  Anastas’ appointment as the new Assistant Administrator for Research and  Development for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)... In 1997, Anastas  also catalyzed the founding of the Green Chemistry Institute (GCI), an  organization that later merged with the American Chemical  Society (ACS) to foster collaborations between industry, academia, and  government. The ACS, whose environmental focus had always focused on cleanup,  began to concentrate on prevention. The institute now has 25 international  chapters, a globalizing effect in which Anastas has been very  instrumental.